Synopsis: In Shadecraft. Zadie Lu is afraid of her own shadow. She’s a teenager, so she REALLY should have grown out of it by now, right? But something weird is happening in her small town. Zadie could swear the shadows are coming to life. Watching her. Trying to KILL her. But how do you fight something you can’t even touch? And how does all of this tie into her FAMILY, of all things?
Zadie Lu is seeing what she believes to be shadow monsters, but no one will believe her. Added to that her older brother is in a coma in the hospital and with him being a popular kid. It usually keeps the attention off of her. While walking home with her friend Josh. She kisses him and is fearful that the kiss will have lost her a good friend. But if that isn’t frightening enough. She gets attacked by Shadows as she arrives at her home.
Is what Zadie is seeing real or is it just her wild imagination? What is shadecraft? Whatever it is. I’m sure we’ll learn more in future issues.
It has to be said. The artwork on this book is absolutely amazing, spooky, and eerily beautiful. The art team of Antonio Fabela and Lee Garbett have done a fantastic job on this book. The character drawings are nicely done. But the real good stuff comes later on in the book when Zadie actually is fighting with a shadow creature with a little help from her shadow, which may not be her shadow at all. Either way. It’s a brilliant twist that you totally will not see coming.
I love how writer Joe Henderson has taken something that we all take for granted. Like our own shadows and turned it into something scary. Granted it is a trope that is used a lot in horror. But whether it is good or not always depends on the execution. And it is executed brilliantly in this story. And we get a very clever twist at the end of the book too.
Overall. Shadecraft looks like it is shaping up to be a really interesting story. And it is no surprise that the story has been picked up for a television adaptation by Netflix. I can’t wait to read the next issue.