Review: Shadowman #3 (Valiant Comics)

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jon Davis-Hunt
Colourist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
On Sale: 23rd May 2021

Masters of terror Cullen Bunn and Jon Davis-Hunt continue their terrifying tour of SHADOWMAN’s world by bringing the supernatural defender to Barcelona where he’ll encounter a sinister undertaker…

PLOT AND STORY 

This issue explores further the mysteries surrounding recent events of spirits breaking through to our realm. Cullen Bunn is never afraid to explore the weird and bizarre, once again showing why he is the ultimate horror writer. I often find issue #3 in any new series is a difficult one because it’s normally the issue that lays out all the backstory after two high energy opening issues. Shadowman #3 is no different with heavy story foundations being laid but I love the way this is told in an entertaining way to keep readers fully engaged. 

Shadowman and Samedi continue to make a great duo driving a harrowing story forward in a somewhat humorous way.

ARTWORK 

This issue is a comic of two halves. The first half consists of some glorious settings from around the world giving the book a much bigger scale as it puts the story on a global stage. The second half is all about ghastly spirits breaking through and this is where Jon Davis-Hunt’s creative art and Jordie Bellaire’s striking colours really shine.

The lettering from Clayton Cowles continues to stand out with his reversed use of Black text balloons with white writing when Shadowman talks. Its subtle but I love how it makes the pages look with this style.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

A horrific story about death and the beyond told in a complete engaging and entertaining way. When you have a heroic character dabbling in dark arts you never know what’s going to happen or where you will end up but one thing you know about this series is it will keep you gripped the entire time and craving the next issue as soon as you finish this.

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

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