Published on April 13th, 2016 | by Kevin Given

Review: The Twilight Zone: Shadow #1 (of 4)

TZShadow01-Cov-A-Francavilla“I used to be weaker. I used to know fear, compassion, mercy. They interfere with the work.” – Lamont Cranston?

I love watching two genre’s connect. Starting with Superman/Spiderman back in 1976. Since then we’ve had Star Trek/Planet of the Apes, Batman/Predator, even Archie/Punisher! I love ’em all. So I was ecstatic when I saw that The Shadow was going into the Twilight Zone.

The issue opens ominously in fictional Yaphank, New York at Camp Siegfried. It’s Midnight circa 1939 at a Nazi rally. The Shadow isn’t happy with that and he reacts in a violent display that is unbecoming of our hero. Is this a case of mistaken identity? Did the Shadow really react in such a heated manner? Is a ghost from his past causing this confusion?

David Avallone brings us into the action right away and keeps us guessing. He brings us a noir atmosphere combined with a spy thriller mentality that keeps us wanting to turn each page. Is the man under the hat really Lamont Cranston? The idea of not being able to trust your senses brings it a Phillip K. Dick attitude. It’s definitely a confusing first issue. But what do you expect when you enter…The Twilight Zone.

Dave Acosta’s art is top notch. It has a pulp feel which is important to this type of a story but his style is definitely modern. His Shadow is more reminiscent of the classic art of Vernon Greene or Jack Bender with maybe a touch of Michael Kaluta, rather than the later interpretations.The atmosphere is appropriately dark and moody.

By the end of this issue another enemy appears with the same question. Who is the Shadow? A fight ensues, but is any of this real? To be continued

Writer: David Avallone
Art: Dave Acosta
Cover A Main: Francesco Francavilla

Price: $3.99
Rating: Teen +
Genre: Science Fiction, Crime Noir
Page Count: 32 pages
ON SALE DATE: April 20

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About the Author

Kevin Given has studied with "Longridge Writers Group" and "Writer's Boot Camp" a speech/communications major from the University of Maine Presque-Isle/Orono sites. He has created the "Karl Vincent Vampire Hunter" franchise which includes 2 novels and 8 comic books. They can be found on amazon, Indyplanet and Kindle. For a limited time you can get digital copies of "Karl Vincent: Vampire hunter" #1 and "Files of Karl Vincent" #1 for free on Indyplanet. Kevin is producing the third novel in the series "Dracula Rising" (working title) and developing "Foul Blood" into comic book form.

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