If you’re like me and you’ve been thoroughly engrossed by the ongoing series, The Shadow, then you’re more than likely eager to learn more about this storied pulp hero. If so you’re in luck, because a new series is coming in 2013 that’s all about his secret history.
The official description from Dynamite:
Legendary comic book creator Matt (Mage, Grendel) Wagner takes on The Shadow in 2013 with The Shadow: Year One. Much as he did with Dynamite’s Green Hornet: Year One, Matt plans to tell the definitive origin story of The Shadow, showing fans why the character has endured in popularity for so many years! Look for Matt Wagner’s The Shadow: Year One in 2013!
Series writer, Matt Wagner, shared his thoughts on the project:
THE SHADOW has long been one of my absolute favorite established characters and I’m thrilled to finally get the chance to contribute to his continuing adventures. I’m getting to help define The Shadow’s mysterious origins in a Year One story arc! For all his published history in both the pulps and comics, as well as his radio adventures, there’s surprisingly no depiction of his very first adventures as the dark-clad Master of Men. This series will explore the events that first drew Kent Allard/Lamont Cranston back to the States, how he began to assemble his vast network of agents and how he first adopted the famous black hat and cloak as his alter-ego’s disguise-secrets that, up until now; only The Shadow knew!
Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt, had this to say about the forthcoming series:
Matt’s a legend and it’s always great to work with him. Everything about his work is infused with realism and authenticity, and his Shadow: Year One will raise the bar for pulps and their heroes.
Dynamite President Nick Barrucci, added this:
I’ve known Matt for 30 years now, since he lived in Philadelphia and was working on Mage for Comico Comics. I’ve mentioned this for years, that I repeatedly asked him if he would work on a comic with me as even at a young age, his scripts, art and ability to tell stories was some of the best I had seen. I never would have thought that 25 years later we would start a relationship with Matt working together. This is the third project with Matt, and it keeps getting better each time. I’m proud to be working with Matt, and can’t wait for this new adventure to begin!
So what do you guys think? Does this sound like a comic book worth following in 2013? Or is this one you’ll gladly skip? Sound off with your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.