Batman/The Shadow #2 Review

Last issue we had a huge reveal that The Shadow could have been one of Batman’s early mentors, Henri Ducard. Which could be an interesting take on the relationship between Batman and The Shadow throughout history. Maybe even a tip of the hat to The Shadow, as Batman was clearly based off of him.
Batman The Shadow #2

Kicking off this issue Batman and The Shadow are standing face to face. With the shadow claiming to have been Ducard the whole time and possibly others who mentored Bruce. While Batman insists that The Shadow killed Cranston. The Shadow instead asserts that they are both hunting the same killer, who is roaming the streets of Gotham. Leading to The Shadow giving origin story of sorts and reveals who actually killed Cranston, The Stag. Batman continues throughout the issue to try and rationalize The Shadow, digging deeper and deeper into the mystery. However, he is beginning to doubt his own rationale and realizing that The Shadow might be something more.Batman The Shadow #2

Once again I love the style that this book is written in, a detective style noir title. Where we see Bruce trying to figure out who or what The Shadow is along with who the next victim of The Stag might be. Orlando does a great job on the script here really fleshing out the mystery. Along with the relationship between Batman and The Shadow. In which Batman trusts no one and The Shadow seems to be playing the mentor role here. Even if Batman is still convinced that he isn’t who he says he was.

While the art here isn’t what you would expect for a noir title. I would like for the art to be a bit darker in tone, to match some of the stories narratives. However, there is a charm to Rossmo’s art here and in the end feels like it fits the story just right. Paired with Plascencia’s colors and use of halftones throughout, it’s something I think everyone can enjoy.Batman The Shadow #2

Batman The Shadow #2 continues down the rabbit hole, with some possibly very big changes to Batman’s world. While this title is simply a crossover, it will be interesting to see if it has any lasting implications for Batman going forward.

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Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Batman The Shadow #2
Story by Steve Orlando and Scott Snyder

Script by Steve Orlando
Art by: Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, Clem Robins

Published by DC Comics
Release Date: May 24th, 2017

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