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The Shade #1 Review



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Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by CULLY HAMNER
Cover by TONY HARRIS
1:10 Variant cover by CULLY HAMNER

James Robinson returns to the world of his acclaimed STARMAN series with a new 12-issue series starring the antihero known as The Shade! An attack at the Starman museum kicks off a globe-hopping, centuries spanning quest that will irrevocably change The Shade's life, and ultimately shed light on his true origin! Artist extraordinaire Cully Hamner (RED) kicks off the series, and upcoming issues will feature art by such luminaries as Darwyn Cooke, Javier Pulido, Jill Thompson, Frazer Irving and Gene Ha!



Review:


James Robinson has returned to the Starman universe this month with issue #1 of The Shade. DC readers from the '90s collectively pooped themselves when they heard the news, while newer readers were looking on in confusion about the excitement.

Unfortunately for the new readers, it appears The Shade is not a good jumping on point. Not only have secondary characters from Starman taken center stage in this book, but there appears to be developmenst in their back story that won't make sense to new readers. Perhaps one can get by on Wikipedia, but I would not suggest it.

The Shade was an enigmatic character in Starman. At times, he seemed like the antagonist. At other times, he seemed like the anti-hero. The one thing we did know about the Shade was that he wanted to protect Opal City from destruction just as much as Jack Knight did. If the Shade were put on an alignment chart, I think he would be somewhere around Chaotic Neutral. It's not safe to say he's a good guy, but he's not the bad guy either.

So where is this story going? I have no idea. This issue opened with a happy tea drinking lunch and ended with a giant WTF cliffhanger.

Cully Hammer has come on board to take up the art duties. He's unfortunately in the shadow of the great Tony Harris. But he has no complaints from me. I'm unfamiliar with his work, but it is impressive from what I have seen in this issue. I get a feeling he's a fan of the book and wants to get it right. It should be interesting to see where this is heading and if we'll get to see Jack Knight make an appearance. Fingers crossed.

80/100

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Review by: David Dean, Outhouse Contributor
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