Preview–Chaykin returns to classic noir with new Shadow series


In the past few years Dynamite Comics has featured several great series and stories featuring Lamont Cranston, the enigmatic Shadow of the golden age of comics.  Today legendary comic book writer and artist Howard Chaykin brings another look at the character to modern audiences with The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow.  Chaykin serves as both writer and artist on this series, which reflects his passion for the post-war period and golden age heroes.

And the story begins at the end of sorts, with the Shadow deciding to retire.  It’s New Year’s Eve 1949, time to turn over a new leaf, and some intrigue is brewing on its own across the pond in London.  Here’s the summary from Dynamite Comics:

LAMONT CRANSTON, the man the world and the underworld know all too well as THE SHADOW, has had enough.  It’s time for the Mysterious Nemesis of Crime to hang up his cloak, his slouch hat, and his twin .45s, and retire from public life…

…But despite this momentous decision, MARGO LAINE and the rest of the Shadow’s AGENTS fear that mankind, teetering on the brink of nuclear Armageddon, may not be quite ready to be bereft of the Dark Avenger.

Chaykin produces some of his best artwork here.  Just check out these layouts of the opening pages of Issue #1 after the break:

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Issue #1 of The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow is available in comic book stores everywhere today.

C.J. Bunce


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