Shadowman: Rag and Bone is an explosive volume, returning to a character with fascinating ties to the magical world. I’m new to the series and still felt like I got to know the characters well. There’s so much action flying off the pages as the Shadowman seeks to permanently take down a foe he vanquished in a previous volume. There are definite twists and turns until the very end. The villains run the gamut from grotesque to badass, filled to the brim with power that’s haunting in its scope. The magic gears heavily toward necromancy, adding a horror aspect. Overall, the story was compelling, flying from one action-packed scene to the next as the world itself seemed to tear apart in order to house these larger than life characters.
The art alternates between typical comic book and hyper-realistic styles. We see hyper-reality in the regular life scenes, giving a sense of realism to the action. The battle scenes are rendered in a comic book style that lends itself well to the classic elements of a superhero fight scene. Magical elements are drawn with a great level of detail and the monsters are brilliantly grotesque.
At the end, Shadowman: Rag and Bone is a fun, adrenaline-filled rush of a volume, flying across the world as our protagonists fight evil forces threatening to tear it apart. Their jobs aren’t done, as we see at the end of the volume, and that promise for future volumes is an exciting endnote.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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