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The Shade #5 - Memoria Roja Review

5

The Shade's connection to La Sangre is revealed!

The Good

Few titles are as consistently good as THE SHADE has been. Even with rotating artists. With the fourth issue of the series as good as it was, it's hard to think that Robinson could top himself -- but he did. The fifth issue of THE SHADE explores the character's identity and explains a lot in regards to the purpose of the story. Why has he been summoned by his Grandson? What does he need from The Shade? These things are explained within the first few pages of the issue. The reasons behind the Shade's journey are explained and the idea is unique and very interesting.

There have been times when having a different artist every couple of issues on a book would take the reader out of the story. This is not the case, however, with THE SHADE. It's evident that Robinson very carefully chose specific artists for specific parts of his story. Would "x" artist be good to relay a specific period in time? It feels as if a lot of thought and effort has gone into the creation of this series, and I have been loving every minute of it. Artist Javier Polido is absolutely brilliant.

The pacing is fantastic. The story moves from the bedside of the Shade's grandson to Barcelona and the reasons are clear. There is a purpose to everything that happens in this book, but the end will still leave you wanting more.

The Bad

Absolutely nothing. This is a brilliant issue.

The Verdict

Robinson's grasp and love for The Shade spills onto the pages of this issue. There is an incredible amount of care and thought that has gone into establishing this character and crafting his story and it is obvious. Robinson continues to deliver a debonair and charming character while keeping perfect pacing and delivering an exciting story. It's hard to believe that Robinson could top the last few issues of THE SHADE but he has certainly done so with the fifth issue. Beautiful art, wonderfully crafted story. Do this book justice by picking up the first four issues, although this isn't an altogether bad place to jump into the book.

8 Comments
Posted by jsphsmth

Loving The Shade. Can't wait to read Robinson's Men of War issue, his DC Universe Presents arc, and most of all, EARTH-2.

Posted by CombatSpoon86

The shade was great. Javier Pulido is perferct for this book and we get him for the next few issues. Perfect Recap story.

Posted by CODYSF

I got this as a present for my friend I know I got him a good series to read.

Posted by CombatSpoon86

@CODYSF: Great choice for a present

Posted by longbowhunter

What a captivating issue. Just as James Robinson spun a world of characters for Starman, the Shade gets the same treatment. I've loved Von Hammer and Darnell Caldecott, but La Sangre has got to be my favorite supporting character yet. With the track record this maxiseries has had so far its a damn shame its not an ongoing. I hope this is collected in hardback so I can store it next to my Starman omnibuses.

Oh and kudos to Javier Pulido. I cant believe I'm saying this but I liked the art in this issue more than I did Darwyn Cooke's in issue #4.

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

I really glad Robinson has revisited La Sangre, she was one of my favorite one off characters from h Action Comics run.

Posted by Gordo789

I loved this book so much. Everything about it was absolute class. Bless DC for allowing this to go the full 12 issues, but shame on them for not promoting it more.

Posted by feargalr

I love how this series manages to keep me on edge and waiting for the next one, without having the "OMG THE MAIN CHARACTER IS DEAD" thing at the end of every single issue.