Published on May 15th, 2016 | by Kevin Given
Review: Twilight Zone/The Shadow #2
In the Last issue, The Twilight Zone brought The Shadow into an American pro Nazi rally which he broke up in a fit of rage. Our hero used tactics and methods that were unbecoming to the person we all know as Lemont Cranston, however, and Margot called him out on his actions. A mysterious explosion brings Kent Allard to the realization that he is Lemont Cranston and he is confused by what’s happening and who he is and that he is a mere mortal with no powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal man (sorry, I couldn’t resist) At the end of this issue he is attacked by Shiwan Khan and the two go tumbling off a balcony.
David Avollone is taking his main character from the world of the Shadow into the “real” world. But this being the Twilight Zone can we trust that this is, indeed, the real world? Allard does not believe that he’s in the real world and Avollone is having fun bringing the reader into what appears to be a radio broadcast. The reader is going to have to be on his guard though. Later on, after the show is broadcast the Shadow’s mettle will be tested and he will have to react heroically. Can he do it? Is he really the shadow or just an actor playing the character on radio? Brilliant story. I imagine we’ll be guessing about that throughout the story’s run.
Dave Acosta‘s art is breath taking once again as he successfully transports us to depression era Manhattan. The hair styles, the look and the feel of 1937 New York is captured exquisitely. Allard’s appearance throughout is appropriately confused and we see his doubt on every page. Even when he’s called into action later on in this issue. The one visible clue that we get that we’re not dealing with the same character is that the hat is smaller than it should be. A nice touch.
Francesco Francavilla’s cover brings the reader in and essentially tells us what the whole issue is about as the Shadow comes face to face with…another Shadow. which one is real? Are both real? Are either of them real? Every page questions weather we can trust what we’re seeing. Will we see what the real world is by the end of the story. I guess we have to wait and find out.
The conclusion of this issue brings Preston face to face with a young fan that knows everything there is to know about the shadow. The young man describes Shadow stories with ease from memory and even finishes Preston’s sentences for him. He knows the Shadow better than Preston himself and the final page shows us an end to this issue that brings about the promise of The Shadows origin. In the next issue.Francesco Francavilla’s cover brings the reader in and essentially tells us what the whole issue is about as the Shadow comes face to face with…another Shadow. which one is real? Are both real? Are either of them real? Every page questions weather we can trust what we’re seeing. Will we see what the real world is by the end of the story. I guess we have to wait and find out. The last page promises us the origin of the Shadow. In the next issue.
Twilight Zone/The Shadow #2
• Writer: David Avollone
• Art: Dave Acosta
• Colors: Omi Remalante
• Letters: Taylor Esposito
• Cover: Francesco Francavilla
• Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
• Publication date: May, 2016