Garth Ennis Takes On “The Shadow”

A while back, Dynamite announced that they were bringing The Shadow back to comics, and now we know the creative team that’s going to make that a reality – writer Garth Ennis and artist Aaron Campbell.  Ennis is currently writing The Boys at Dynamite as well, and he’s famous for the extreme violence and black humor of Preacher and Hitman, as well as a lot of work on Punisher MAX, Hellblazer and more.  They say only The Shadow knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men, but Ennis has a lot of experience plumbing those depths as well.  He’s also known for his distaste for actual superheroes, so it’s curious as to what he thinks The Shadow is. 

“The Shadow is probably the last established character I like that I haven’t gotten around to writing yet, certainly on this side of the Atlantic,” said Ennis. “It makes a kind of bloody, bullet-riddled sense: I always had a feeling our paths would cross sooner or later.”

“The Shadow is an awesome character in an awesome time,” added Campbell.  “I mean what’s not to like?  You have the old school mystique of eastern mysticism wrapped up with a badass gunslinger!”

Dynamite’s president Nick Barucci thinks “Garth is a writer who was born to write The Shadow.”  It sure as hell sounds interesting, to say the least.  Here’s the synopsis of the first issue of this new ongoing series:

It’s 1938 and The Shadow returns in a tale of blazing action and deadly intrigue, as a night of carnage on the New York waterfront plunges the mysterious vigilante into a conspiracy involving the fate of the world itself. As storm clouds gather across the globe, American Military Intelligence meets with a certain Lamont Cranston, determined to beat a host of spies and assassins to the greatest prize of all… but what that might be, only the Shadow knows.

Check out these variant covers for The Shadow #1, by Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Howard Chaykin and Jae Lee.





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