Shadowman #3 Review: Baron Samedi Seems Fun to Party With

Shadowman #3
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Writer: Andy Diggle, Artists: Stephen Segovia and Adam Pollina, Color Artists: Ulises Arreola and David Baron, Letters: Simon Bowland, Cover by: Tonci Zonjic, Variant Covers by: Renato Guedes; Juan Jose Ryp and Andrew Dalhouse; Greg Smallwood; Raul Allen and Patricia Martin, Assistant Editor: Benjamin Peterson, Editor: Karl Bollers, Editor-in-Chief: Warren Simons, Publisher: Valiant Entertainment, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Shadowman is trapped in the Deadside once more. Alyssa works to devise a means to bring Jack Boniface back to our world, and she is visited by two Abettors while doing so. Back in the Deadside, Jack comes up with a plan: Alyssa and the Abettors can distract Baron Samedi while Jack retrieves the Shadow Scythe from Samedi’s home, Manse Ghede.

Shadowman #3 cover by Tonci Zonjic
Shadowman #3 cover by Tonci Zonjic

Shadowman #3 is a largely enjoyable third installment to this revival of Jack Boniface’s series. It has a nice pacing and flow to it. There is a single objective, and the book is about seeing that objective accomplished. There is a nice twist towards the end, even if it was a little predictable.

Alyssa is likely to end up my favorite character of this book, as she has exhibited far more ingenuity and personality than Shadowman himself. It doesn’t help that Shadowman is a bit angsty; hopefully that will be resolved as the series goes on. He has a good character moment earlier on that could be expanded upon as the series continues.

Baron Samedi is a great villain, and he almost steals the show, even in his brief sequence. He’s funny, at once classy and sleazy, and even a bit intimidating. He’s pretty fantastic.

Shadowman #3 art by Stephen Segovia and Ulisses Arreola
Shadowman #3 art by Stephen Segovia and Ulisses Arreola

Stephen Segovia is joined by Adam Pollina to split the art in this issue. Segovia’s artwork continues to look great in its more realism-minded style, and Pollina gives the Deadside a more disjointed and psychedelic aesthetic. Pollina oddly takes over midway through, with Segovia depicting the Deadside in the beginning. This may signal a slight change in the narrative that I won’t spoil. If that is the intent, that’s actually really cool.

Ulises Arreola and David Baron split the color palette, and both color artists perform some good work. Arreola’s is more balanced, while Baron provides a more off-the-wall and peculiar palette. Both are fitting for their part in the story.

Shadowman #3 is another solidly good issue in this series. It’s at-times fun, weird, and creepy. The art team supports that with good visual work, and the comic earns itself another recommendation. Check it out.

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.