Synopsis: This month in ‘Shadecraft’. Zadie has discovered the source of the shadows…and that they can be controlled. Dare she try and wield this incredible power? HELL YES she dares. And she’s damn good at it, too! But when someone Zadie cares about ends up in danger because of her, the fun and games become a matter of life or death…
Picking up from the last issue. Zadie learns that the school counselor is in fact a Government Agent calls Angela Owens. Turns out that Agent Owens has a special interest in Zadie and her powers to control shadows. So, with that in mind, Agent Owens begins to train Zadie in the art of Shadecraft. Zadie’s first test is to learn to control her emotions so that she can get better control of her shadow creations. As her emotional state has a direct correlation to how her shadow creations will act.
The art team of Antonio Fabela and Lee Garbett continue to present us with some brilliant visuals. I particularly enjoyed the visual of the shadow hand that grabs Agent Owens by the front near the start of the book. But we also get treated to more great visuals as Zadie goes on a mission to track down and put an end to one of her shadow monsters, which is tracking the boy that she fancies and really wants to be with. The artwork depicting the fairground is brilliant. We really get a real sense of momentum from the various fair rides that we see in the background.
Joe Henderson continues to entertain with this story. I really appreciated Zadie’s feelings about being different and the conversation that she has with the shadow, which she believes to be her brother. I also enjoyed the Karate Kid reference that Agent Owens uses when training Zadie. Which is all the funnier when Zadie doesn’t understand where the reference comes from.
Overall. A really solid third issue, which really moves the story along and ends with somewhat of a cruel twist.