Title: SHADOWFLAME Vol. 1
Publisher Website: Arcana Comics
Writer: Joe Martino
Pencils: Joe Martino, Naser Subashi, Rich Buckler Jr.
Inks: Peter Palmiotti,
Colors: Dash Martin, Ian Sokoliwski
Number of pages: 120
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP - Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.
When Officer Tom Wyatt's wife, Janice, was murdered, he tried to find solace in his own grief and despair - by ending his own life. Instead, he found himself transported to a ship orbiting the Earth. There, the aliens aboard explained that he could not kill himself for he was the last of a chosen line which possessed the perfect genetic Imprint to receive the 'gift of power' and become a third holy man of lsht. Now capable of vast feats of strength, flight, telekinetic force bolts, and all the rewards of being a holy man, Wyatt not only has great powers, but a reason to live...
SHADOWFLAME is simply awesome. End of review.
What? You want more?
Fine, Joe Martino created this character decades ago, and has kept at it until it went from something he sketched in notebooks, to self-published, to picked up by Arcana, to a TPB with a wrap-around John Byrne cover.
How'd he get it that far? pick up the trade, and you'll see.
Whether by design, or as a result of Martino (and Shadowflame's) long journey through comics, this is a book for the ages. Literally. It has that silver age origin feel, with a dash of '70's storytelling, it reads like the 80's, and looks like the 90's...but, you know, the GOOD early 90's, before all the superfluous belts, spikes, and shoulder pads.
The story follows Officer Tom Wyatt, who attempts suicide after his wife's murder. But his life is spared by a pair of aliens who need him to be their champion against a rogue member of their own kind. But, before he can face his big bad, he warms up by becoming the superhero called SHADOWFLAME.
He makes some interesting allies and fights some colorful villains, my favorite being Doctor Anarchy, who would be right at home among 70's Marvel villains.
Despite three separate pencilers and assorted cover artists (including Bob Layton) the book has a very consistent look, as all the art teams do a bang-up job. Peter Palmiotti ins the first half of the book, really making the panels shine. Both colorists (Dash Martin and Ian Sokoliwski) do some amazing work as well. It really is a quality production.
With 120 pages of high octane, semi-nostalgic, comic book goodness, SHADOWFLAME is well worth the $14.99.
Last edited by SebastianPiccione; Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 06:16 AM.