By Justin Jordan, Diego Bernard, Andrea Cunea, Mico Suayan, Lewis LaRosa, Carmen Nuñez, David Baron and Matt Milla
Shadowman has been an odd series for Valiant. There have been 11 issues published (0-10) and we have had a couple of those issues give flash backs to the Darque family. This series is better for it, and keeps the reader guessing where the story might go next.
Issue 0 gave us the history of the Darque family, Master Darque and his sister Sandria. This time around, we see what Sandria has been up to once she leaves the plantation and separates from her brother. She finds love in an unlikely place, and actually helps out an army platoon in a war. The inevitable showdown between her and her brother also happens, and we get the history of the Shadowman.
Justin Jordan shines in these flash back issues. He does an excellent job of fleshing out Sandria Darque and Mr. Boniface, Jack’s ancestor. Jordan excels at taking characters and making them interesting. Master Darque continues to be the coolest character in this series, and Jordan does a great job of making him just bad enough that you can’t root for him. Sandria gets most of the spotlight this issue, and she plays the yin to her brothers yang. Jordan did a wonderful job of showing her relationship with Mr. Boniface grow into a love story. A superb job on his part.
Once again, the art duties have been split up between several different people. This will continue to hamper the enjoyment of the book until it is stopped. The art in the first half is pretty solid, however, the style changes drastically and takes the reader out of it. Bernard did a good job in his scenes and if he can keep to a schedule, he should be considered for the permanent job. Nuñez has a different style than the others in the book, and it shows. If Valiant is going to keep putting multiple artists on books, they should at least have similar styles.
Art work aside, this is an excellent series to get into. The characters are extremely well fleshed out, and all very likable. Justin Jordan continues to be an under the radar talent in the industry, but if he keeps putting out issues like Shadowman 10, he’ll be a big name soon.