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Shadowhawk #6

Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2005
By: Ray Tate



Writer: Scott Wherle
Artists: Carlos Rodriquez(p), John Larter(i), Bob Pedroza(c)
Publisher: Image

Shadowhawk is damn fine no-nonsense super-heroics. Picking up from last issue, Blacklight and Shadowhawk battle the artist formerly known as Blacklight. The former Blacklight manifest in the form of the walking dead. This supernatural twist means trouble four our champions of justice.

Scott Wherle--who formerly wrote Blacklight's sadly short mini-series--infuses the melee with energy and smart plotting. The dialogue distinguishes and gives the whole book freshness.

Both Shadowhawk and Blacklight are new arrivals to the hero scene, but Wherle shows quite easily how intelligence and a repository of knowledge can quicken maturation. The heroes though impressive are not flawless jewels and have much to learn, but their mortal failings are not contrived. Blacklight for instance really does not like to fly and hasn't had much practice. She also as stated has trust issues, yet all of this makes sense.

Shadowhawk hasn't really been in the business that much longer than Blacklight, but he is one in a line of Shadowhawks, and they are encompassed in the suit and its resonance. His youthful want to do good gives the reader a much lighter yet ironically more serious candidate to be a hero. This is not a character that broods or angsts up the place. He's out to save lives and stop the bad guy.

The way in which Wherle finds a way to stop the former Blacklight--who is seems pretty darn unstoppaple--exhibits arch genius. Not only can he begin a story; relate an interesting middle with fascinating subplots. He can execute a skillful ending.

I'm very sorry to see Carlos Rodriquez and John Larter depart from Silverhawk. I liked their pencils and inks last issue, but this issue with Bob Pedroza providing even more vivid colors. Wow.

Shadowhawk did something I really didn't expect. It impressed me. It didn't impress me with gimmicks or Big Stupid Events. It impressed me by giving me two heroes I liked, putting them in a really fun, intelligent story and then topping it all off with gorgeous artwork that conveyed action equally well as it conveyed emotion.



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