Review: Shadow Service #6 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Corin Howell 
Colorist
: Triona Farrell
Letterer: Andworld Design
Designer: Tim Daniel
On Sale: 31/03/2021

Its James Bond meets Constantine meets Hellboy all wrapped up in the return of one of my favourite comics from 2020.

PLOT AND STORY

The much-anticipated next arc of Shadow Service begins! Betrayed by one of their own, MI666 takes to the dangerous streets of Rome. But can the traitor be brought back into the fold? The chase is on. Plus, Aashi’s secret past is finally revealed.

We are back with a crash, bang and a wallop. Cavan Scott again gives us no time to breathe and throws us straight into the action with a high octane pursuit that felt like watching a chase scene from a Mission Impossible movie. 

The beauty of this issue is the story structure. We follow a live action pursuit while flashing back to past events which add narrative and substance to the characters. Whilst dropping a huge bombshell on us about Aashi’s past and leaving us with elements of mystery going into the next issue.

ARTWORK

I have three words to describe this issue, stunning, stunning and stunning. Corin Howell and Triona Farrell continue to make the perfect team firing on all cylinders to give us yet again a comic which looks detailed, unique and bursting with personality. 

This issue has two distinct tones throughout. The first being a live car chase through the gorgeous streets of Rome. The way each panel is set against the backdrop of realistic Roman architecture creates a real sense of being there for the chase. The second being a flashback to a war torn Afghanistan which is lit with dark military themes, equal parts real and equal parts scary.

Andworld Design is on hand to provide the clear well positioned letters we have come to expect. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

I strongly recommend people check out the first volume of Shadow Service if they haven’t already because volume 2 is back maintaining the same levels of excellence we got in volume 1. When you get action, suspense and magic with a layered, character developing story in just one issue, you know you’re reading something special.

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Vault Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All artwork and images are courtesy of Vault comics and the respective owners.

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