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The Shadow: Blood and Judgement

(Tacos de Editorial Zinco)

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The Shadow (1986) #1-4
128 pages
Published 1987 by DC Comics
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Charles
May 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Managed to make it 3/4 of the way through before deciding I had to shelve this one. Let me start by saying I really enjoy The Shadow. I like more of the modern take but have also read some stories from decades back that were good as well. Going into this, I knew that others had either a love or hate view of the story. It's not the violence or the UZIs that bother me. This isn't a "That's not MY Batman" type if issue I have with this. In fact, going in, I tried to think of this as a sort of Elsew ...more
Alex Sarll
The Shadow is the vigilante Batman wants to be when he grows up. Howard Chaykin is a writer/artist I've really been getting into lately, with a hyperkinetic pulp style, all square-jawed, raised-eyebrowed heroes and slinky femmes fatales. This meeting of the two is often held to be the finest example of either, but didn't wholly work for me. Yes, when the Shadow is in action, it's excellent - in particular, the way his speech is depicted on the page, and his terrifying laugh becomes part of the l ...more
Paul
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some books or Graphic Novels you buy and read because of the Writer and/or the artist.
I have to confess, that's not the case for me when it comes to The Shadow. I buy them simply because I love the character so darn much!
Which is not to say that I don't enjoy the writing or the art, I also happen to be a long-time Howard Chaykin fan. But I have to admit that The Shadow is a guilty pleasure that I find very difficult to pass up.
Abbas Saleem Khan
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I read this as a 10 year old. This is not the comic that anyone should sell a 10 year old but nonetheless I loved it then. I love it today. It's great. It's one of the best comics from the late 1980s explosion in sequential storytelling.

There is no one else who is more perfect to handle The Shadow than Howard Chaykin.
Roman Stadtler
This was highly entertaining, no matter what many reviewers below say! I think one problem for many other reviewers is Chaykin's style; he's innovative, highly stylized, and he's famous for not dumbing down his stories. He says in the great interview in the back of the book how the first issue/part one is intentionally a bit confusing - and it certainly is - because he wanted to mislead the reader so we won't see the big payoff/revelation coming. It was, perhaps, too misleading, 'cause after the ...more
Zachary King
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This one didn't knock me out. The pacing is a mess, since the villain's scheme isn't even referenced until the end of the third issue (of four). The art is neat, Chaykin doing his usual fine work, but especially for a Shadow novice like myself this was not a gripping read. When it comes to dollar bin comics, you win some, and you lose some.
Rodrigo Tello
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gran reboot ochentoso de The Shadow. Chaykin arma un clásico relato noir que estoy seguro que si no fuera por el horrible rotulado de la edición en revista de ediciones Zinco, lo hubiera disfrutado mucho más. Lo mejor: The Shadow cargándose a todo santo con una Uzi en cada mano. Buen guión y dibujos de Chaykin para la época, más no se puede pedir
Kevin Mann
Honestly, in fairness, i have to give this 2 reviews. One review looking at it with 1980s mindset & reflective of those times (which i lived through, so i get all the references Chaykin crams in) and, Two, one review looking at it from 2014 "how does it rate vs. Other Shadow epics?" mindset. This would be a 3 and a half star book at the time it was made, it hits all the hot culture buttons of late-1980s America, so there is that going for it, if you are a teenager in 1987, in that it is OF I ...more
Michael
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic_novels
Astonishingly violent, and some of the panels are just a big ole mess. Compares poorly to my memory of American Flagg, but now i'm mistrusting my memories: Weird to look back at comics from twenty-five years ago. I wonder if I would have loved them back then.

Anyway, it is set in the present (at least, though the "present" of the late eighties), and all of the Shadow's/Lamont Cranston's cronies are aged while he remains young and vital. Which is a nice touch, but isn't really explored at great de
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Dean
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
When I first read this back in the 80's, this was pretty groundbreaking stuff. Another 'mature readers' book that was aimed at the older fan and was appreciated for that. Violent, sexual and over the top it maintained Chaykins reputation as a groundbreaking creator.
Reading it now, it almost feels a little like a museum piece, another exhibit of the Dark Age. It's still a good read of sorts, and you can appreciate the effort Chaykin made to update the character and cast, but now it feels like it
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D.M.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This is not intelligent, deep stuff. It's pulp writing for the 1980s, and all that entails. It's hard to even remember now what I liked about Chaykin (though I suspect it has something to do with scantily-clad women and my age at the time), because his writing's stiff, his dialogue pretty unworkable, and his art only a step past standard superhero fare. Having said all that, he's a sound choice for resurrecting The Shadow, and it's a fun story. Nothing highbrow, just blood, broads and unwavering ...more
Jamie
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's interesting re-reading this after so long--and as a digital comic via Comixology no less. Despite the seminal place this holds in my history as a comics reader, i's clear now I had no idea what I was encountering when I was a teenager. I doubt I understood it it either for it's formal experimentation or for its more "mature" themes. It is very much of the 1980s, audacious enough to send its hero into a new wave club where he poses as a punk rock singer, shameless enough not to be even remot ...more
Tomás
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primer acercamiento a The Shadow que tengo como lector, aunque más allá de eso siempre había querido leer este comic por el autor.

Es un comic muy entretenido, bien pulp, con dialogos ligeros y mucha violencia desbordada. Howard Chaykin estaba acá en su mejor momento y creo que hasta ahora, los dibujos de esta historia son los que más me gustaron de él (incluso más que los de Black Kiss).

Muy recomendable para pasarse un buen rato y leer algo con buena acción y dibujos espectaculares.
Austen
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
The perfect update, an incredible tale taking the legend of The Shadow and bringing it into modern times. The classic masked avenger of the golden pulp era brought forward and reimagined to the changed world he left behind. The series is titled 'Blood and Judgement' and does not disappoint. The Shadow and his new agents, teamed with some of the old Night Corps, taken on a depraved criminal from the past.
Mike Kowalczyk
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fantastic! Not very familiar with all the players but still found it a great read from comics legend. The series was apparently controversial in 1987, a time when we all lived in fear of nukes and AIDS. He brought a pulp-era character back from the publishing dead with a story laced with all the trappings of a Chaykin story we have come to love.
Jason G
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Re-read this one recently. Nice art, although it seems the hero looks an awful lot like Reuben Flagg. The story itself is pretty thin, but it was a good introduction to The Shadow as a character because much of this goes over the origin of the main character. A good bit of background on the original magazine and radio shows is included.
Terry
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful art. Chauvinism. Only one rape in this book, versus "Black Kiss." Indecipherable dialogue. No really strongly affecting characters, so you don't really give a shit about anyone at all. Gaunt chins. Oh, and some place called "Shambala." Not bad, but, muh.
Cary Lee Baker
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Have never read The Shadow pulps so I don't know how faithful Chaykin is but this is a great (and bloody) tale done by my artistic idol.
Shaun
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a riot of 1980s style and culture. It's a fun and interesting update of The Shadow if you can get over how deeply entrenched in its decade this comic is.
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Actualización polémica pero natural para el clásico del Pulp.Gusto adquirido tras un par de relecturas.
Igor Stanojević
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
damn-the-torpedoes boldness
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