Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jon Davis-Hunt
Publisher: Valiant Entertainment
Release Date: July 28, 2021
Reviewed by: Glimmer
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Shadowman #4 written by Cullen Bunn with art by Jon Davis-Hunt features Shadowman (Jack Boniface) as he continues to deal with creatures seeping into his world from the “Deadside,” as the barrier between the two worlds continues to crumble. In this issue, Shadowman comes face to face with a being who kills people through spontaneous drug overdoses. In the end, Jack learns from his Shadow Loa that he needs to take a different approach in dealing with this situation, which has escalated into a war of worlds.
Shadowman #4 is another fun, entertaining issue that does a great job of combining the superhero and horror genres! Cullen Bunn takes a very simple plot and makes it into a very interesting and engaging story. The book has a feel that reminds me a lot of Swamp Thing and Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man run. Fans of those books should definitely check this out. I know I said this in past reviews, but I need to mention again how much I enjoy the first-page monologue synopsis’ by Baron Samedi. Not only does it help readers to recall what has come before, but the use of “breaking the fourth wall” is a fun, innovative way of starting an issue. The artwork by Jon Davis-Hunt continues to be solid, consistent, and the perfect style for this type of book. The overall artwork is greatly enhanced by colorist Jordie Bellaire. Finally, for those readers who enjoy collecting multiple covers… This issue has some really nice ones!
Shadowman #4 continues the quality of the previous issues. It’s an entertaining book that has plenty of action, dialogue, humor, and horror that fans will enjoy. If you’ve been reading the series you won’t be disappointed with this installment. If you’re a new reader, you can get aboard right here, but I would also highly recommend getting Shadowman #1-3. Valiant is on the right track with this series, and I’m excited to see where Bunn takes it in the future.