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Shadoweyes, Volume One (Shadoweyes #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  267 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
In the futuristic, dystopian city of Dranac, moody teenager Scout Montana is an aspiring vigilante, but her first attempt to beat up a mugger is halted when she's hit in the head with a brick and knocked unconscious. When she awakens, she discovers that she's able to transform into a strange, blue, clawed, superhuman creature! In this new body she becomes the vigilante Sha ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by SLG Publishing (first published July 13th 2010)
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Jun 05, 2012 Raina rated it really liked it
Wow, this is intense.



You can read the summary for yourself. And honestly, the plot feels a little thin.

But what Campbell's doing here is way too smokin' for that to matter.

First of all, the drawing is super crazed. His figures are slightly heightened realistic with a twinge of manga influence and a generally accessible (extra cute and/or hot) look.
His backdrops are freaking insane. Of course, that's partly a mechanism of the world this is set in - trashfilled, industrialized, with
Mar 16, 2011 Valerie rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
This book caught my attention after clicking on one link after another on goodreads. I can't honestly remember how I got to Shadoweyes and normally I wouldn't give a graphic novel (or is this a comic?) another thought. I've read maybe two or three in my life and they weren't bad so I thought maybe this one would really get me into it-it did not.

Though I did find some aspects of the plot interesting I was confused quite a bit during the beginning and middle. It shifts scenes and points of view a
Jul 30, 2010 Nnedi rated it it was amazing
When it comes to drawing women, no one can compare to Ross Campbell. His characters are diverse in body, race, personality, sexuality, etc. He writes these wonderful angsty teens but that's just the first layer.

Look deeper and you see that he's doing soooo much more. He's questioning all these things, dialoguing with them, he's examining the boxes we willingly and unknowingly put ourselves into. And he's playing with the idea of the "superhero".

In Shadoweyes, Ross subtly pushes those boundarie
Oct 03, 2011 Andrew rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
I'll be the first one to admit that I'm not a big reader of graphic novels. In fact, this is probably the first comic type book I've read in about two decades.

That said, I have to say I'm a little disappointed in the quality of the storyline here. The protagonist, Scout Montana, lives in a futuristic dystopian society where crime runs rampant and justice is not often quick to be dispensed. In this world, Scout does everything in her power to help the downtrodden. It's after just one of these att
Mar 26, 2016 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, action, comics
I'm a bit speechless.

Ok. I went in knowing nothing except that I liked the art style, and that there were tough chicks involved. Wow. The story kept me saying "what the hell..." and "what is going on..." for good and bad things. Definitely worth a read if you're looking for something new, anyways, here it goes:

Society is crumbling, and crime and poverty are rampant. Two best friends - with a sense of justice, plenty of teenage angst, and naive hope - are part of a 'neighborhood watch' group. Th
Jul 26, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
This book is really dark and gritty but somehow beautiful at the same time. It takes place it what seems to be a post-apocalyptic over industrialized future. It is never said outright what is going on in this world this is just the impression I get from the drawings. The drawings are all black and white which I'm normally not a fan of but these were so rich and detailed and the story was so dark that it worked. Looking forward to the next one Shadoweyes Volume 2: Shadoweyes in Love.
Aug 13, 2010 Tommy rated it it was amazing
“I picked this up at my publisher's booth at Comic-Con, liked the artwork, and decided to give it a try. I ended up totally LOVING it from cover to cover. I hardly even read any comics, so this is rare. The characters were so likeable and human, despite the sci-fi setting and mutations. The story has some unexpected and very interesting surprises, most of them regarding character development. I already can't wait for the follow-up, "Shadoweyes In Love."
The Library Ladies
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When we started this blog, I knew that one of the things I really wanted to do was to try and find books that had diversity in them. I think that it’s important as librarians that we find books for all people from all backgrounds, and to promote them and show them off. I asked my friend Tami for some recommendations, and one of the first ideas she came up with was “Shadoweyes”. I had never heard of this series, and am glad that it was brought to my
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Set in a near-future, almost dystopian world, Scout is a frustrated teenager who one day turns into a strange alien-looking creature with black skin, a gigantic head and superior physical strength. She becomes an avenging hero, protecting the innocent in her city from every criminal element she kind find: muggers, kidnappers, gang fights, etc, etc.

There's a lot to like here as Campbell plays with the well-worn superhero genre. Some really great moments develop when Scout can no longer turn back
Mar 10, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing
I started reading shadoweyes online at But found myself too impatient for the story so went and bought a copy of the graphic novel. It was the most expensive graphic novel I've bought in awhile but totally worth it. I do NOT like superhero comics but I loved this mostly cause it really wasn't a superhero comic. The first scene is Scout and her best friend Kyeesha discussing a potential superhero name. It's just such a wonderful totally realistic scene. Campbell really does a ...more
Jun 15, 2016 Tiamatty rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, indie-comics
As a disclaimer: I read a recent re-release of Shadoweyes, with some re-mastered art and dialogue, and which collects both of the current volumes. This is fantastic work from Sophie Campbell, who is a fantastic creator. Her art is gorgeous, with detailed backgrounds, distinctive- and diverse-looking characters, expressive faces and body language, and is just all-around great. The writing is excellent, as well, sharp and clever and realistic. Characters talk like people, with stops and pauses and ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Joy rated it liked it
Scout Montana is a vigilante in the making even before she gets hit in the head with a brick and consequently develops the ability to transform in a pointy blue creature. Needless to say, she takes this as a Sign that she was meant to be a superhero. But when she loses the ability to change back to her human self, she begins to realize that there are some things she's taken for granted.

I really liked the diversity of the cast in this story--there are characters of color, GLBT characters, people
Mar 02, 2011 Meg rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Picture a future dystopia, a world full of people barely surviving. If you had a roof over your head, you were one of the more fortunate ones. Many are homeless, without any means of sustenance.
This is the world of Scout Montana, an African-American teenage girl with asthma. Scout is a do-gooder. She wants to save the world, but she’s only a kid. Until one night she transforms into Shadoweyes, a creature that resembles an adorable looking demon with superhuman abilities. Ok, it sounds like just
Right, okay, I love this guy. I love Ross Campbell, love Wet Moon, love it. And this is good, really very good. The artwork is gorgeous, the cityscapes, the characters, all of it. But his style is this non-dramatic, anti-climactic, everyday dialogue and goings-on, with no flash, which totally works for Wet Moon. But no for a superhero story. I mean, why would you even write a superhero story if you didn't want something with drama and flash? The story is of a teenage girl in a future city who on ...more
This graphic novel caught my eye not only for it's stunning art work, but because I'm always on the hunt for African-American sci-fi, which is always in short supply. While the art work lived up to it's promise, I was a little disappointed there wasn't more punch in the storyline. The premise begins well with two teenage Af-Am friends sick of the crime and darkness around them in the city. The pair are part of a local crime watch, but one wants more. It's her apparent desire for more strength to ...more
Levy Foster
Jul 14, 2015 Levy Foster rated it liked it
I have to say it turned out better than I thought it was going to be when I first started to read it. The first few pages I was very bored and wasn't impressed at all. But despite this, I pushed myself on to read it until the end, or at least as far as I could.
I turned out to actually like it. Not love, but like. It took a while, but it started to suck me into the world and I realized it was pretty complex in a lot of ways. The characters, situation(s), and everything that was going on all aroun
Dec 21, 2011 P. rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, yyay, speculative
I really love reading Wet Moon and I was excited to see what Ross Campbell would do with a superhero story. He didn't disappoint me. Shadoweyes is a story that makes the superhero seem vulnerable and human but not in a grandiose or self-pitying way. I mean, Scout does have her moments of wtf-edness concering her transformation, as would any of us, but she generally views the change as an extension of her self so there's not so much of the Spiderman-style where do I fit IN stuff. Except for the l ...more
I am so glad that my friend Tami gave me the title of this book when I asked her for recommendations in diverse comics. SHADOWEYES is a story that I probably never would have found on my own, and I'm very grateful that I did. I like the setting, I like Scout/Shadoweyes as a protagonist, I like that the various forms of diversity found in this book are presented as normalcy and not as tokenism or anomalies, and I LOVE the artwork. Plus the villain is very mysterious and strange, and I want more o ...more
Great new graphic novel series, featuring a teen girl who fights crime the normal way until she's hit in the head and transforms into a blue-skinned superhero, who still has all the faults and self-doubts of a teen. I loved the artwork for its grittiness and its sweetness. I loved the fact that there's hardly a white person to be seen (maybe in the background sometimes?), and yet it's not about race; it just is. I also loved the characters, especialy Scout and Sparkle; I can hear their voices, a ...more
Overall, this was pretty good. What I loved the most were Campbell's illustrations. They are simply phenomenal. He is a master of capturing emotions. The story is good. I'm not a huge fan of dystopian fiction, and at times got a little lost while reading this, but the illustrations helped to get me back on track. I would definitely recommend this one and the the 2nd volume, Shadoweyes in Love. I actually can't wait until Shadoweyes Unmasked is published.
Mary Wyman
Apr 27, 2015 Mary Wyman rated it liked it
Shadoweyes is cute. Scout Shadoweyes, not book Shadoweyes. I like the story: it's not big or global. What I mean is, it doesn't deal with the city being in danger, there is a conspiracy going on, etc. The story takes place in a low place in this society and Scout is helping out her neighborhood (and probably the city). Overall, I like Shadoweyes (both of them), I like the story and I am SO gonna read its sequel. Enjoy :)
Sep 27, 2010 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
In my personal opinion, this is Ross' best effort to date. Artisticly this is just stunning and I love the entire concept of a teenage girl who happens to turn into a super genderless monsterything with ever expanding calves. I'm also head over heels for Sparkle Park, who is so vulnerable and likable. All of the characters are voiced so realistically that it instantly draws you in.

LOVE IT. Can't wait to read "Shadoweyes In Love"!!!
Oct 01, 2012 Dan rated it did not like it
I've liked everything recommended in the 3 Chicks Review Comics podcast. That's how I came across Green River Killer, Never Weres, Anya's Ghost, and Friends With Boys, and since they highly recommended Shadoweyes I picked it up as well. The plot seemed intriguing enough, but I simply could not make it past the artwork. The characters looked like a cross between a Precious Moments greeting card and a Bratz doll. Ugly. Gross.
Aug 18, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this graphic novel, the content was interesting, the story was intriguing and the characters were amazing. Not to do any spoilers but this text deals with several social issues and oppressed identities in ways I rarely see and I was impressed. Yes, the story was quick, but it seemed kinda par for the course with comics to me, and totally met my expectations. Can't wait to read Vol. 2!
Sep 15, 2011 Ethan rated it really liked it
Awesome weird little indie superhero graphic novel about a girl in the future who can turn into a strange bug warrior. The art style is wonderfully freaky, and the cast has lots of women, people of color, even a trans character (or two?). More inspired than any superhero books coming out of Marvel or DC.
Maria Kramer
Moody teen Scout is a vigilante without much direction until a mysterious accident mutates her into the inhuman Shadoweyes. She takes to the streets and finds out how hard it is to fight for justice.

The characters and art in this book are fantastic. Love, love, love it!

Recommended for fans of:
The Resonator
Ballad of Halo Jones
Kick Ass
Jocelyn Lee
Aug 12, 2014 Jocelyn Lee rated it it was amazing
Diversity done respectfully, comprehensively, in an integrated way... done right. Beautiful art. Nice 20 minutes into the future feel (might be misusing that trope). And addicting story. lkjserj my only complaint is if we're ever going to find out how the transformation happened. Slight curiosity if there'll be arcs, but the pull and tug of daily happenings is nice right now.
Oct 06, 2013 Nella rated it really liked it
Campbell is an incredible artist and the chatacters are really cute. The plot feels a bit lacking,though

Full review in Swedish here
Mar 23, 2011 Brandy rated it it was ok
Meh. Description says this is dystopian, but there's nothing even slightly dystopian about it. It's set in the future, that's it. No talk of over-reaching governments or anything.

And if this isn't inspired by The Maxx, I don't know what is.
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