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The Shadow / Batman TPB

The Shadow / Batman crossover is a unique beast. I read it, I enjoyed it, but the entire time I was trying to figure out if I missed something. It consistently references a shared backstory between the two heroes. That backstory is amazing, and completely plausible, but it never gets more than referenced. So I went back into these two heroes past. Back. Back. Back to the 1970s, when they first met. Too far. How about six months before this series first went to print, and the Batman / Shadow miniseries I previously reviewed for your reading pleasure. (You should go read it right now.)

The two six-issue series ran back to back with the first six being published by DC, and the second six by Dynamite. (That’s one way to solve the “who gets top billing” discussion)...

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Batman / Shadow #1-6

So, the collected TPB of The Shadow/Batman, from Dynamite came out recently. As I was reading it (more on that tomorrow) I found I wasn’t sure if some of the references being made had been previously established, and as it turns out the answer is sort of.

Before Dynamite’s The Shadow / Batman miniseries, came DC’s Batman / The Shadow. So to better understand what I was reading I went back to dig out that series as well. Sadly I couldn’t get my hands on the collected TPB (entitled Batman/Shadow: The Murder Geniuses) but I was able to track down the individual issues. Full disclosure, I wasn’t able to get #4. But by most accounts, I didn’t miss much for plot in that issue, just a few great lines and a big battle...

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The Shadow #3 Review

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The Shadow (2017) #3
Issue #3 of The Shadow is here, and the action is starting to pick up. When Mary attempts to track down the journalist she caught in lurking in her hospital, she finds herself in a bad neighborhood.  Inevitably she encounters a gang of racist thugs, dressed in the style of The Shadow.
The gang is scared off by a small group of bystanders, including the very person Mary was looking for. The group of “concerned citizens” dismiss Mary, leaving her with more questions than answers, and a scarf to take back to her burn patient.
After an important memory-flashback, Mary and her patient are interrupted by a group of men with guns who push her away and attempt to apprehend her patient. They are unsuccessful, as he escapes out a window and disappears...
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The Shadow #2 (2017)

When I wrote my review of The Shadow #1, I mentioned what a big fan I was of old time radio (OTR) shows in general, and The Shadow specifically. Dynamite’s newest series of The Shadow has so far only shown us the titular character in flashbacks and news reports. Issue #2 continues that, as we see The Shadow launch an assault on a mansion in upstate New York that ends in the entire building burning to the ground killing everyone inside.

The scene then perfectly transitions to a newscast covering the fallout of the fire, and then to the hospital room of an amnesiac burn patient and Mary, the medical student who has been working with him (off the record) to recover his memory...

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The Shadow #1 (2017)

I love OTR (Old Time Radio) shows. When I was young, I would fall asleep most nights listening to shows like The Shadow on local radio. Now I listen via podcast, although I still tend to listen at night (in fact, it’s playing in the background as I write this). The “golden age” of radio was a different era, one that rarely translates well when modern productions get a hold of it. That’s a big part of why I’ve never read any of the modern comic book adaptations of those classic characters.

The newest series of The Shadow that Dynamite has put out seems to be taking a very different approach. The story takes place in the modern era. It is so current, in fact, that the television references news from only a few short months ago...

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