Writer: Eliot Rahal
Artist: Renato Guedes
After a rap duo known as Rae Sremmurd sign a deal with the devil to gain fame and fortune, Shadowman is brought in to rescue them from the devil’s lair in the Deadside, a land of demons and strange creatures.
The plot doesn’t really go beyond that short synopsis, this comic is fairly simple, but that’s a good thing. It’s an entertaining read, and not much more than that, but that’s fine. It’s accomplishes what it sets out to be.
The artwork by Renato Guedes does manage to elevate it somewhat, giving the comic an almost otherworldly look which matches the folklore inspired plot of artists making a deal with the devil, the opening really drives this connection home as it opens almost 100 years before the main plot of the comic, showing a guitar player making a deal with the devil near a Mississippi dirt road in the middle of nowhere.
The writing can be best summarised as simple. Everything from the dialogue to the action to the events of the plot to the characterization is clean and simple, using shorthand and familiar tropes to bring readers in quickly. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however. It just means that I don’t really have a lot to talk about.
Shadowman: Rae Sremmurd is a quick, entertaining one-off story. Nothing more nothing less.