Changes our coming to one of the most acclaimed series from Dynamite Entertainment, as The Shadow is set to get a new series writer and artist starting with issue #7.
The official press release from Dynamite:
Dynamite is proud to announce that acclaimed and best-selling comics writer Victor Gischler will be joining Dynamite! Having been the lead writer on the X-Men for the last 2 and a-half years, we’re proud to have Victor as part of our team. And Victor is not taking over just any title, but one of Dynamite’s Premiere titles – The Shadow! Fresh from his acclaimed run on X-Men, Victor is one of the hottest writers in comics, as he also writing a Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Spike’ spin-off mini-series! Joining Victor on The Shadow #7 is artist Jack (Kirby: Genesis) Herbert with covers by Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Darwyn Cooke, and Francesco Francavilla!!! This is Darwyn Cooke’s first ever The Shadow cover!!! The foot is still heavy on the pedal after Garth Ennis’ acclaimed run on The Shadow concludes, so make sure to keep on picking up this must-read book as Victor joins The Shadow with issue #7 in October!
In The Shadow #7, The Shadow is known for the mystic power which allows him to cloud men’s minds and read their hearts. But what happens when this power fails him? After the Shadow fails to stop a routine mugging, he travels to the Far East with his pilot and sidekick WWI ace Miles Crofton. In Nepal, he hopes to reconnect with his old masters and to consult with them about what could be amiss with his powers. Instead, he finds opium smugglers. As always, The Shadow faces danger … but he must also look within himself.
New series writer for The Shadow, Victor Gischler, had this to say:
The Shadow is a classic, iconic character that I’m thrilled to write. It’s really like you get two characters in one — The Shadow, an incredible crime fighter with the ability to cloud men’s minds, but also as a wealthy man about town named Lamont Cranston who is almost a James bond sort of character himself. Action, romance, and intrigue in an amazing pulp package make The Shadow a must read.
Dynamite President Nick Barrucci, added this about the new creative force behind this storied character:
Victor is a writer who we’ve wanted to work with for quite a bit, but weren’t able to due to his exclusivity to Marvel. We’ve talked in the past, and are happy that we are able to work with him today. We actually spoke with Garth before deciding who the next writer on The Shadow should be, and Garth was happy to hear that it was Victor, as he’s a fan of his novels and Punisher run. We’re very fortunate at Dynamite to be working with Victor.
So what do you guys think about the creative team changes? Will they tank this series, or improve it? Are you looking forward to #7 or will you be dreading its release? Sound off with your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.