The Shadow, Vol. 1: The Fire of Creation

The Shadow Vol The Fire of Creation Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men The Shadow knows It s and The Shadow returns in a tale of blazing action and deadly intrigue as a night of carnage on the New York waterfront plung

  • Title: The Shadow, Vol. 1: The Fire of Creation
  • Author: Garth Ennis Alex Ross Aaron Campbell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 207
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  • Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men The Shadow knows It s 1938 and The Shadow returns in a tale of blazing action and deadly intrigue, as a night of carnage on the New York waterfront plunges the mysterious vigilante into a conspiracy involving the fate of the world itself As storm clouds gather across the globe, American Military Intelligence meets with a ceWho knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men The Shadow knows It s 1938 and The Shadow returns in a tale of blazing action and deadly intrigue, as a night of carnage on the New York waterfront plunges the mysterious vigilante into a conspiracy involving the fate of the world itself As storm clouds gather across the globe, American Military Intelligence meets with a certain Lamont Cranston, determined to beat a host of spies and assassins to the greatest prize of all but what that might be, only the Shadow knows Collecting the first six issues of the hit series written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Aaron Campbell, featuring Garth Ennis script to issue 1 as well as a complete cover gallery featuring art by Alex Ross, Jae Lee, John Cassaday, Ryan Sook, Howard Chaykin, and .

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    1. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows "The Shadow has been around for a long, long time. As a pulp novel character, a radio serial, a crappy movie starring Alec Baldwin (hence the use of Kat’s Hollywood banner), and as a Saturday cartoon character with: the Silhouettes, a cute bunch of East Side ragamuffins doing his leg work for him and a talking otter, Shady. *Now it’s Garth Ennis’ turn to spin this character. And…Kent Allard aka Lamont Cranston aka The Shad [...]

    2. Garth Ennis attempts to revitalise the Golden Age superhero, The Shadow, in The Fires of Creation… and doesn’t quite pull it off. Wealthy man-about-town, Lamont Cranston, is secretly The Shadow, a dude with a cape, a scarf, hat and a red ring, with two guns, who shoots bad guys! He’s also got powers over death and… he might also BE death? I don’t know jack about this character and Ennis doesn’t do any origin-type explaining, so who knows? Set in 1938, The Shadow targets the Kondo bro [...]

    3. This is a much darker and more violent take on the Shadow than usual. Well, he's always been pretty dark and violent, but this takes things to a new level.Set in 1938 right at the dawn of WWII, the Shadow gets mixed up in political intrigue when uranium is discovered in Japanese occupied China. The Shadow finds himself in the middle of Japanese, German, Russian, and Chinese factions all at once. We also get a glimpse at the dark background of the Shadow, such as the time he killed literally hund [...]

    4. In the first volume of The Shadow ongoing comic from Dynamite, we of course get to know who The Shadow is and what he does. For those that do not, The Shadow stops criminals with psychic powers and a couple of .45 automatics. He can see a little into the future and read the evil in men’s minds, and if necessary, force them to do his bidding. But in learning about The Shadow, we have to learn more about the man underneath, and that is exactly what Garth Ennis does with Lamont Cranston. It is in [...]

    5. This isn't a perfect book by any means. Garth Ennis' version of Lamont Cranston isn't the dilettante playboy we'd expect, and his version of the Shadow, while mysterious and spooky, has some powers that the Shadow simply hasn't had before. He also doesn't appear quite as much as he should. Visually, The Shadow is missing the long cloak he's known for and sports a short cape instead. Many of the charcters faces seem sketchy and occasionally unrecognizable. However, if you can get past that, Ennis [...]

    6. Wow that was really good. I remember vaguely trying this when it first came out and losing interest but damn, I really want to read more now! Very cool! Very noir! Very recommended.

    7. To call this “fun” doesn’t seem to fit the tone (probably of anything by Garth Ennis), but this book is as pulpy and adventurous as a Shadow story should be. Aaron Campbell uses a high-texture, high-contrast style similar to Francesco Francavilla, which suits the tone well. Surprisingly, The Shadow quickly leaves the waterfront and casinos where I expected to find him and starts tracking a covert Japanese expedition through China. Even more surprisingly, it doesn’t feel like a “yellow [...]

    8. L'ombra è un individuo incappucciato che riesce sempre a far strage di criminali, l'ombra se ne infischia delle buone maniere di alcuni supereroi più moderni, l'ombra fa parlare i morti e riesce ad allucinare i vivi. Il suo alter ego è un avventuriero dalle origini oscure, che si trova invischiato con i servizi segreti. Un fumetto che si prende i suoi tempi, che appoggia su un personaggio da golden age e magari non brilla per originalità, ma ha una struttura solida e godibile. Insomma, una d [...]

    9. I have always found Garth Ennis to be very hit or miss, and this one was definitely a miss for me.From the "Cranston has whatever powers I need him to have" to Ennis's usual shenanigans of being over-the-top transgressive for the sake of shock value, I felt that the plot was only vaguely interesting, the characterization was shallow, and the whole thing seemed purposed to change a hero with a dark side into a genocidal psychopath. Highly disappointing.

    10. No one is more pleased than I about the return of The Shadowto prominence in the comics world.In the hands of modern masterslike Ennis,The Shadow is given the respect hedeserves.In this tale The Shadowfights against Imperial Japan and their war machine.A rollicking adventuretaking us back to the days of high adventureserials.Clever, fun and exciting.

    11. There are always risks inherent in revisiting a classic character specifically with contemporary audiences in mind. Sometimes it works very well, feeling as authentic a take on the old that a learned reader can’t quite tell the difference between those days of old and the modern incarnation. Other times, the classic hero is shackled with traits that, while they may add something new to the archetype, don’t quite ring true against the vast library of adventures in his distant past. I don’t [...]

    12. This is the book that finally convinced me that Garth Ennis is almost certainly a terrible person who says "SJW" a lot. I should have figured this out a long time ago, and I had my suspicions, but this is conclusive proof. It's also a terrible book.Let's start with the smallest sin first: this entire project is absolutely inessential. No one was clamoring for a revival of The Shadow. These are the things that I knew about The Shadow before I read this book: He knows what evil lurks in the hearts [...]

    13. Writer Garth Ennis and artist Aaron Campbell bring the classic pulp character the Shadow to graphic life in the pages of this graphic novel, collecting the first six issues of the monthly series from Dynamite Comics. In it, the Shadow and "friend and companion" Margo Lane accompany a US government intelligence trip to China to prevent Japan from obtaining a supply of a potentially devastating material. And, of course, violence ensues.Over the decades since his creation, the Shadow has been prese [...]

    14. The Fire of Creation by Garth Ennis is a novel based on The Shadow pulp novels from the 1930’s. The Shadow is a vigilante, dealing justice to criminals who escape traditional justice. The Shadow here borrows heavily from the radio series. He has the power to “cloud men’s minds” and has an alter ego of Lamont Cranston. He travels with Margo Lane, a prominent character in the radio series, though not as prominent in the pulps. This Shadow is also very willing to deal death to evildoers, pr [...]

    15. "The Shadow knows"The most famous line of the most famous character from the pulp era explains his appeal. The Shadow knows. He's seen it all. He understands and recognizes evil, including that which lies in his own heart. And he's committed to justice--not out of some penance, but because, who else besides him can do it?I've always been fascinated by this character since seeing him played by Alec Baldwin in the 1994 movie--an intimidating, scary figure who stirs the same sort of wonder as Batma [...]

    16. Garth Ennis does a fine Shadow, wielding cynical righteousness, craftiness, and willingness to bathe in blood as both writer and in the life of his protagonist here. Ennis' Cranston is a driven psychopath, but one so resolutely and mercilessly just that it's impossible to dismiss or mock him. He manages not just the usual tricks of clouding minds, but tells the future, controls the spirits of the newly dead to his bidding, and generally speaking frightens the wiggins out of a reluctant but equal [...]

    17. The latest comic book incarnation of The Shadow comes from Dynamite. The first story, The Fire of Creation, was written by Garth Ennis with art by Aaron Campbell. Ennis has had a string of hit series for both the major publishers as well as his recently concluded series, The Boys, for Dynamite. Aaron Campbell is a new name to me but he seems to have worked mainly on other Dynamite titles such as Green Hornet and Sherlock Holmes.Set sometime in the 1930s, Lamont Cranston is working with US Milita [...]

    18. Garth Ennis writes a war story that guest stars The Shadow, which is a very Garth Ennis thing to do. I'm not totally familiar with The Shadow's history or his major stories (I mainly know Alec Baldwin and Orson Welles in terms of context), but it did seem unusual to take the character out of the city and to focus more on Lamont Cranston using his wealth, his intelligence, his network, and whatever it is The Shadow does to get what he wants done done. I think it was a smart move to get away from [...]

    19. I'm a huge Shadow fan. He's an amazing character who, more often than not, isn't done justice. Debuting in the turn of the century pulps that pre-dated comics, he was as mysterious and violent as the times. The "suave millionaire who doubles as a vigilante" has inspired the likes of Batman and countless others, and the dark tone of his exploits rivaled anything Frank Miller could dream up. Film attempts have watered him down, but most of the pulp and comic book ventures have kept the elements of [...]

    20. Well, that was slightly differentr a Shadow story. Less so as a Garth Ennis tale. Part of it is that this is a version of the Shadow who is more supernaturally enabled than ever, with the ability to see fragments of the future. It's also the Shadow dropped into pre-war intrigues and schemes that are very much in Ennis' wheelhouse, but seem a bit awkward for the kind of pulp character that the Shadow is. The story also shows up Ennis' difficulty with handling female characters, and his tendency t [...]

    21. I like to think that I know a bit about The Shadow for someone too young to be around when the radio shows aired and when his adventures were serialized in The Shadow Magazine. I have listened to a number of the radio plays, seen films from the 1940s and 1990s, watched the amazingly racist serial from the '40s, and read as many of the Walter B. Gibson stories as I can get my hands on. Garth Ennis's version of the character won't be immediately recognizable to fans of Gibson's famous detective. T [...]

    22. Finally read this after having it for 2 years. I did not intend to read the entire thing in one sitting, but the narrative flowed so well, i started and could not stop. While it isnt one of the best Shadow stories ever, it is better than average and i have read a lot of average to bad Shadow stories recently. So This is worth a read through. --In places the art is spectacular, mainly in the pages where The Shadow is in action (those are absolutely fantastic) , but the "regular" story pages are a [...]

    23. Read it in issue format. I got chills during the first few pages. Once I saw the "Darkness that lurks in the hearts of men" line start up and I knew Garth had set me up for another swashbuckling adventure. Like all Ennis work it's very violent and the subject matter can get pretty disturbing (though thankfully it's 'shockers' all appear to take place off-panel) but he uses those elements in a way that breathes a little life into the Shadow, complimenting the tone of his stories very nicely. Reco [...]

    24. Not much I can add to Dave Hill's review while I came to this without much background knowledge of the character (and so the occult stuff and overall vitriol was a surprise) I must say I enjoyed the tone and setting tremendously - serious, violent, moving, nasty, a little over-egged at times perhaps, but on the whole vivid and involving. Left me eager to read more (and more of the existing canon); sad to hear that Ennis is not involved in the subsequent material. Looking forward very much to the [...]

    25. This series is the best of Dynamite's pulp revivals, thanks, in this arc, to the fine writing of Garth Ennis and the moody art of Aaron Campbell. Ennis manages to capture the essence of the old pulps but makes the Shadow even darker and more lethal. Ennis is always a master at depicting historical war stories and he does a great job with China after the Rape of Nanking. This volume is intelligent, gritty, exciting and true to its pulp roots. Well done.

    26. The Shadow is one of the great pulp vigilantes - essentially Batman with a better tailor and none of that nonsensical problem with killing the scum of the Earth. And when Ennis came on board for this relaunch, I had the impression he'd be writing him for a while. Alas, it was not to be, and we only get this one story - but what a story it is. Globetrotting adventure, gunplay, and plenty of clouding the minds of men.

    27. Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows. The radio serial is now a graphic novel, and it works pretty well. It's 1938, there's pre-war espionage, there's a lot of action and gore. It dragged a little at first, but when I returned to it, I got into it pretty quickly. I think I'll try out future stories and see if it was just this plot that didn't grab me. Lovely art, matched the story well, solidly written.

    28. Garth Ennis tends to go over the top with some of his stories, but The Shadow, a crime lord abducted to be trained by ninjas with the power to cloud men's mind somehow, is a perfect fit. The twists and turns of the story get to be a little much, and the history presented goes past "unsanitized" straight to "gratuitous", but I could see this being the launching pad for a modern run of the character.

    29. Hm. I wanted to like this one, but I was mostly confused. Not by the plot or premise, that's plenty clear up to the point that a noirish mystery should be, but by the rapidly switching scenes with wildly different themes and feels and attitudes.The gratuitous super-hero gore following a descriptions of real atrocity was a little off-putting, but not so much as the protagonist's smugness. Got a 007, hate-pretty-women thing going. Maybe they'll do something interesting with that? Eesh.

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