Synopsis: Centuries ago, the Silent Seven put their hand around the world’s neck. They’ve never let go. From generation to generation, the famed invisible hand guiding the global economy, guiding progress, has been a clenched fist. But with their previous leader murdered in the street, who is currently at the helm of this shadow conspiracy, and how have they maintained their quiet threat for so long? Batman and the Shadow may not have the answer, but it’s a good thing Bruce Wayne and Allard Cranston do.
Review: The Shadow/Batman #3 picked up where the previous issue left off. Bruce Wayne proved he was a product of his era in choosing to use a corporate weapon against their enemies. His plan didn’t succeed, of course, but it illuminated very telling contrasts in The Shadow and Batman’s characters. It also highlighted telling contrasts in the characters of Shiwan Khan and Ra’s al Ghul, who revealed themselves to their opponents in this issue.
Steve Orlando‘s story and Giovanni Timpano‘s art were excellent. I particularly enjoyed the various action sequences and the flashback to Shiwan Khan’s time in Shamba-la. However, my favorite plot point is encapsulated in the final panel of the issue, and I can’t wait to see where that goes.
I do have two structural quibbles, however. First, there were way too many split panels on this issue. I realize they had to give the talking head sections as much momentum as the action sequences, but I’m dealing with eye strain. Second, as of now, there are literally no active female characters. The story is a very cerebral sausage party.
All in all, though, The Shadow/Batman #3 was the best issue so far. The pieces are in place for an extremely macabre chess game. I hope the structural problems will be addressed in future installments.
- Story, Art
- No female characters, too many split panels