Synopsis: The truth of what the Shadow doesn’t know threatens to destroy his partnership with Batman and Robin just when they need him the most. Three generations of heroes stand at a crossroads as the secret of the Silent Seven threatens to encompass and obliterate them all. To fight the Seven, Batman and the Shadow must force them to reveal themselves. But how do men make moves against a behemoth evil that measures assaults in centuries?
Review: The Shadow/Batman #2 was a transition issue. It was full to the brim with talking heads and exposition. As I’m new to this particular iteration of The Shadow, I did need the background on previous adventures and mythology. That said, the exposition was truly tedious. My threshold for a lot of these structural elements is just really, really low at this point.
I did appreciate learning that the Silent Seven — an homage to Moriarty’s original master plan — was actually The Silent Two. Moreover, I liked that writer Steve Orlando made firm friends with internal logic when he chose which two they were. As I’m still partial to villainous exposition, even when exposition in general bores me these days, the conversation between Shiwan Khan and Ra’s al Ghul was a high point of the issue for me.
Because so much of The Shadow/Batman #2 was talking heads and exposition, Giovanni Timpano‘s art was crucial. Every other page seemed to contain multiple panels and split panels as characters connived with, yelled at, or fought each other. It was the only way to give this portion of thee story any momentum. As a result, the only art that I enjoyed as art was the very last panel on page 24. The Shadow and Batman stand ready to enter the fray in the guises of their civilian alter egos for “a night of scotch and warfare.”
All in all, this installment got from A to B with some good bits and pieces, but I’m hoping for a more riveting story going forward.
- Overall story, art
- It was exposition heavy with talking heads.