DC Comics/Dynamite Entertainment 2017
Written by Scott Snyder & Steve Orlando
Illustrated by Riley Rossmo
Coloured by Ivan Plascencia
Lettered by Clem Robins
Two of history’s greatest vigilantes are reunited at last! Murder has come to Gotham City, and Lamont Cranston appears to be the culprit…but he’s been dead for over fifty years! Batman will go to the ends of the Earth to unravel the mystery of Cranston’s life, but the mysterious Shadow will do everything in his power to stop him from learning too much…
Well if this is the premiere work that this creative team does then I expect an annual or semi-annual collaboration from here on forward. Why is it that the best books featuring DC characters are coming out of intercompany team-ups? I mean this, the Green Lantern Planet of the Apes, or Green Lantern Star Trek and Batman TMNT. Now it’s time for them to get involved with Dynamite who has a plethora of characters that would suit teaming up with Batman perfectly.
Speaking of perfectly the way this opens is just that perfection. The way that this story is set-up pulls into a few things about Bruce’s past as well as tying into Cranston that are extremely well done. Also having Arkham once again be something that ties them all together in the way that’s done here is not only unique but opens up an avenue that honestly makes me wish that what’s in my head would become a reality. If you read this, NO when you read this you may see I see there.
Montoya is in charge of a crime scene and she’s not pleased that Batman’s there to have a look. So I like this as it places her on the force again and not anywhere near to being the Question. It’s also an event that is extremely significant to the story and leads us to the meeting of two of comic's most iconic figures. I have to say the characterisation here is utterly phenomenal and has this way of incorporating so much from both mytho’s that it feels like no stone was left unturned to make this as cohesive and dtrue as it could possibly be. Plus there's this whole thing about trust, betrayal and not seeing the forest for the tree's that will not only thrill you but take you by surprise when it happens. Making the pacing of this book a true work of art.
Riley is among the few artists out there today that should never be without work. The way he’s able to bring his own unique style and vision to life on the page leaves little room for misinterpretation. The feelings, the mood and the tone is spectacularly represented. The utilisation of page layouts through angles, perspective and backgrounds make the flow of the story smooth and feel like it moves quickly. Plus seeing his take on Batman and his gadgets then to see his Shadow yeah wow!
The story development, progression and sheer audacity of what’s brought to the page is genius. After reading this issue i’ve begun to wonder how is it that in the industry it’s taken this long to get this team-up to the level it is? It seems like a no-brainer that something along these lines would’ve already been done, especially when DC once had the rights and published the characters adventures
This will blow you away and raise your expectations of what we deserve to be reading.