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Posted by G-Man (29420 posts) - - Show Bio

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

Dynamite Entertainment has announced an new ongoing series with The Shadow beginning April 2012. To spice this up a bit, they have Garth Ennis on board as the writer. Ennis will be joined by artist Aaron Campbell and the series will feature covers by Alex Ross, Howard Chaykin, Jae Lee and John Cassaday.

Alex Ross cover

The series will be set in 1938 and the Shadow will retain the pulp magazine/radio feel but told in a way only Garth Ennis can.

Here's what Ennis had to say:

The Shadow is probably the last established character I like that I haven't gotten around to writing yet, certainly on this side of the Atlantic. It makes a kind of bloody, bullet-riddled sense: I always had a feeling our paths would cross sooner or later.

Check out the other covers for issue #1.

Howard Chaykin cover
Jae Lee cover
John Cassaday cover
In the first issue of the ONGOING SERIES, it's 1938 and The Shadow returns in a tale of blazing action and deadly intrigue, as a night of carnage on the New York waterfront plunges the mysterious vigilante into a conspiracy involving the fate of the world itself. As storm clouds gather across the globe, American Military Intelligence meets with a certain Lamont Cranston, determined to beat a host of spies and assassins to the greatest prize of all... but what that might be, only the Shadow knows. Be sure to get The Shadow #1 in April 2012!
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#1 Edited by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

Finally. I have been waiting for more info since the August announcement.

#2 Posted by sj_esposito (457 posts) - - Show Bio

Yup, I'll be buying this.

#3 Posted by Billy Batson (56937 posts) - - Show Bio

Ennis? Cool.
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#4 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (27381 posts) - - Show Bio

Ah Hell Yea

#5 Edited by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

Good to see that it is set in the proper time period.

That explains why Dynamite is having David Liss write The Spider in modern times. The characters are a little too similar to have both set as period pieces.

Cannot wait to read both comics.

#6 Posted by G-Man (29420 posts) - - Show Bio

@jsphsmth: They also chose the original time period in Flash Gordon. I think it's great that they retain the original feel rather than try to update it to modern times.

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#7 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (27381 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man said:

@jsphsmth: They also chose the original time period in Flash Gordon. I think it's great that they retain the original feel rather than try to update it to modern times.

I agree although The Spider still seams interesting even though it's getting up dated, as long as it still has the same feel.
#8 Posted by kennybaese (1003 posts) - - Show Bio

I've been completely unable to read Ennis' stuff since I made the mistake of flipping through the Crossed trade. I just can't do it.

#9 Posted by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87 said:

@G-Man said:

@jsphsmth: They also chose the original time period in Flash Gordon. I think it's great that they retain the original feel rather than try to update it to modern times.

I agree although The Spider still seams interesting even though it's getting up dated, as long as it still has the same feel.

Judging by Black Panther and Mystery Men, I trust David Liss to write a good pulpy comic.

#10 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (27381 posts) - - Show Bio
@jsphsmth said:

@spiderbat87 said:

@G-Man said:

@jsphsmth: They also chose the original time period in Flash Gordon. I think it's great that they retain the original feel rather than try to update it to modern times.

I agree although The Spider still seams interesting even though it's getting up dated, as long as it still has the same feel.

Judging by Black Panther and Mystery Men, I trust David Liss to write a good pulpy comic.

Do you read Green Hornet?
#11 Posted by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87: The last time I read the Green Hornet comics was when Now was publishing them in the late 80s/early 90s. I loved them.

I kind of avoided the current series because I thought the movie would negatively influence them. Should I have picked them up? I had been considering the trades until the DC reboot doubled my monthly pull list.

#12 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (27381 posts) - - Show Bio
@jsphsmth said:

@spiderbat87: The last time I read the Green Hornet comics was when Now was publishing them in the late 80s/early 90s. I loved them.

I kind of avoided the current series because I thought the movie would negatively influence them. Should I have picked them up? I had been considering the trades until the DC reboot doubled my monthly pull list.

Well that's the thing, I was going to ask you for advice. I want to get in Green Hornet but I don't want any of the movie related stuff so I don't know what to get.
#13 Posted by pspin (889 posts) - - Show Bio

I like Garth Ennis and all but how is this going to be that much different than Preacher or The Boys?

Except the time period this seems like a one man The Boys...

#14 Posted by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87: Too bad. I think our pull lists are similar. Maybe somebody else will be able to answer the question.

#15 Posted by skaarason (683 posts) - - Show Bio
Jae Lee cover is amazing , everything he does is amazing lol
#16 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (27381 posts) - - Show Bio
@pspin said:

I like Garth Ennis and all but how is this going to be that much different than Preacher or The Boys?

Except the time period this seems like a one man The Boys...

The Shadow has been about since the 1940s
#17 Posted by The Poet (8197 posts) - - Show Bio

I would get this, but its by dyanamite....

I have nothing agianst Dynamite, but I can't wait two months for the next issue!

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#18 Posted by KRYPTON (1886 posts) - - Show Bio

The Shadow Returns!!

#19 Edited by RedR0bin (72 posts) - - Show Bio

Looks interesting. I just might have to pick this issue up.

@jsphsmth: I preferred Green Hornet: Year One over the modern day Green Hornet but both were pretty good reads. I could not tell that the movie had any influence on the comics, other than re-introducing the character. Then again I did not read Green Hornet back in the day so I have nothing to compare it to.

#20 Posted by Chris2KLee (173 posts) - - Show Bio

I will definitely have to check this out.

#21 Posted by shawn87 (2095 posts) - - Show Bio

All those covers are awesome...except for howard chaykin's of course

#22 Posted by NightFang (9647 posts) - - Show Bio

It's good to see the Shadow making a come back, but what ever happened to that new alive-action move?

#23 Posted by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

@shawn87 said:

All those covers are awesome...except for howard chaykin's of course

His art is an acquired taste.

#24 Posted by pikahyper (10368 posts) - - Show Bio

I love Ennis but he wouldn't have been my first pick, hopefully it is better then Zorro.

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#25 Posted by longbowhunter (5840 posts) - - Show Bio

Love that Jae Lee cover! Aaron Campbell's work on Green Hornet: Year One was amazing. This guy knows how to draw a period piece.

#26 Posted by GraphicCasualFreak (221 posts) - - Show Bio

The Shadow is one of my favorite characters. Can't wait for this!

#27 Posted by ApatheticAvenger (1634 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson said:

Ennis? Cool.
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Indeed, and I've always dug The Shadow, except for the Alec Baldwin version...

#28 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19712 posts) - - Show Bio

That Jae lee cover really makes me wish he did more interiors.

#29 Posted by King Quisling (1980 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm on it.

#30 Posted by RoninLoganX (35 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87 said:

@jsphsmth said:

@spiderbat87: The last time I read the Green Hornet comics was when Now was publishing them in the late 80s/early 90s. I loved them.

I kind of avoided the current series because I thought the movie would negatively influence them. Should I have picked them up? I had been considering the trades until the DC reboot doubled my monthly pull list.

Well that's the thing, I was going to ask you for advice. I want to get in Green Hornet but I don't want any of the movie related stuff so I don't know what to get.

As a reader of both the classic Now Comics Line and the New Dynamite GH, I can say that the modern day Green Hornet comic is a great read, but if you're expecting it to be anything like the old comics, or the TV series for that matter, it isn't. It took some getting used to since I really loved what Now did with Paul and Mishi and the whole legacy idea, but it's a fun ride.

Now, as for the news of Ennis on The Shadow. This actually worries me. I'm not sure if his penchant for over-the-top violence is going to fit well with The Shadow, and if he forces it, it might end up hurting the series.

#31 Posted by jsphsmth (1136 posts) - - Show Bio

@RoninLoganX said:

Now, as for the news of Ennis on The Shadow. This actually worries me. I'm not sure if his penchant for over-the-top violence is going to fit well with The Shadow, and if he forces it, it might end up hurting the series.

I had the same concerns after I had a few hours to reflect on the announcement.

#32 Posted by WaveMotionCannon (4671 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow. I'm definitely looking forward to this. I still reread Chaykins version from time to time. Ennis is one of my favorites.

#33 Posted by ReVamp (22859 posts) - - Show Bio

@Billy Batson said:

Ennis? Cool.
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#34 Posted by ReVamp (22859 posts) - - Show Bio

@jsphsmth said:

@shawn87 said:

All those covers are awesome...except for howard chaykin's of course

His art is an acquired taste.

#35 Posted by bunkerbuster05 (294 posts) - - Show Bio

Nothing will beat the Alec Baldwin movie. NOTHING!

#36 Posted by PulledaBrad (19 posts) - - Show Bio

Man. I kinda hate Jae Lee's work.

#37 Posted by PulledaBrad (19 posts) - - Show Bio

@pspin said:

I like Garth Ennis and all but how is this going to be that much different than Preacher or The Boys?

Except the time period this seems like a one man The Boys...

Do you have ANY clue on who the Shadow is? Have you ever read any of the stories? How can looking at these covers inspire you to say any of those insipid thoughts?

#38 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Must have the Alex Ross cover. MUST have it. Its not even a debate. MUST have it...

#39 Posted by The Impersonator (4311 posts) - - Show Bio

Cool shadow.

#40 Posted by Sawcesome (125 posts) - - Show Bio

WOO!

#41 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (7223 posts) - - Show Bio

The Jae Lee one reminds me of the Dark tower stuff...

#42 Posted by Question08 (47 posts) - - Show Bio

Garth Ennis huh...so how much anal rape is going to be in this series on a scale of one to ten?

#43 Posted by Casshern (138 posts) - - Show Bio

AWESOME!! I'm all about The Shadow!!

I wouldn't mine another Movie too. But I'll run with the new series.

#44 Posted by Decept-O (7270 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds interesting, one of the greatest comic/pulp characters still "kicking", glad to see him getting a new shot. Just hesitant regarding what the comic will cost. Dynamite has been handling some classic characters but not being classy about the prices.

#45 Posted by Count_ZeroOR (95 posts) - - Show Bio

@RoninLoganX said:

Now, as for the news of Ennis on The Shadow. This actually worries me. I'm not sure if his penchant for over-the-top violence is going to fit well with The Shadow, and if he forces it, it might end up hurting the series.

I have the same worries. While I'm a fan of The Shadow in all his forms (both as Lamont Cranston, Wealthy Man-About-Town of the radio plays; Kent Allard, Two-Fisted Crusader Of Justice in the pulps; and Lamont Cranston, hybrid of the two in the film), Ennis track record with superheroes worries me. While his Welcome Back Frank storyline and his run on Punisher MAX are well remembered, there's a very good reason nobody talks about the rest of his run on Marvel Knights Punisher.

#46 Posted by Hit_Monkey (580 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh yes!

#47 Posted by longbowhunter (5840 posts) - - Show Bio

@Decept-O said:

Sounds interesting, one of the greatest comic/pulp characters still "kicking", glad to see him getting a new shot. Just hesitant regarding what the comic will cost. Dynamite has been handling some classic characters but not being classy about the prices.

I feel ya'. I'd read alot more of Dynamite's books if they werent all $3.99.

#48 Posted by TheGoldenOne (38849 posts) - - Show Bio
@Billy Batson said:

Ennis? Cool.
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#49 Posted by SuperXAsh (506 posts) - - Show Bio

sounds awesome.

#50 Posted by GiantsizeManThing (315 posts) - - Show Bio

This is the best news EVER!!