So I’ve only gotten through a handful of my comics and I can already tell you it’s going to be hard to decide which ones to highlight this week. I decided that I would for sure do this one because it’s the first issue of a mini-series and it came out last week, so I’m a bit behind already.
For those of you who are like me and prefer a good story that’s about the character and would rather read an interesting conversation rather than watch a battle, this book is right up your alley, not to say that there isn’t also action, because there are explosions aplenty. I don’t know very much about The Shade or most of the characters he interacts with in this first issue, but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment at all. It was like dropping in on the life of a distant friend.
The conversation at the beginning was absolutely delightful. It’s full of dry wit and morbid humor and for some reason, in my head the whole thing was in a British accent. Also, I have a bit of a crush on Starman. This book was much more comical than I expected. It’s a sort of high-brow humor in some parts and just straight up funny in others. I truly enjoyed it.
I’ve heard a bit about Robinson but I wasn’t the biggest fan of his recent JLA run, so I was a bit hesitant on picking up this book, hence why I waited a week until I could check out some reviews and hear some opinions. The reviews I glanced over all seemed to enjoy the book and now I see why. His sense of humor is very clever and The Shade is a most intriguing character. He is an enigma even to those who know him best. Yet, there is a fondness and sense of closeness between him and those involved in his life.
The art is also lovely. Cully Hammer has a very distinctive style. His characters are incredibly expressive. I love the way their eyes narrow in avoidance or widen with shock. Hope’s expressions are downright sly. All it took was two pages and I’m in love with this chick. She’s tough, intelligent, but still every bit that girl with a wistful smile who lives for the moment.
There are all these little details to the panels that I love as well that just add to the feel. The first page has some lovely flowers that are slightly wilted, petals being twisted away by the wind, giving the impression of a crisp, windy afternoon in the late fall. His cityscapes look like an elegant European city caught between the modern world and the artistic leanings of the past, much like the main character seems to be.
There are a couple of really good action sequences peppered in. One of them feels like something straight out of a spy thriller. I don’t want to get to much into those because that is where the actual plot of the story lies and I wouldn’t want to go giving that away.
This book was highly enjoyable and I would suggest it to even new fans who nothing about the characters. It really tickled my fancy and now I’m in the mood for some Eddie Izzard and a cup of tea. That’s a compliment, by the way.