REVIEW: BATMAN/THE SHADOW #2
AUTHOR: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
DATE: May 25, 2017

SYNOPSIS: The second chapter in the historic team-up of history’s greatest vigilantes is here! The Shadow must convince Batman of his innocence so the two can seek out their true common foe, the Stag, before he takes out Batman’s greatest allies. Co-published with Dynamite Entertainment.

“You came to Ducard hunting The Shadow.
Instead, you’ve found him, living inside your mentor.
You move in the world. The world moves around you.
I’ve always been here, Batman. Behind you.” - The Shadow

The first issue of BATMAN/THE SHADOW ended where it began – if you read issue #1, you know what I’m talking about and why I started off this review with the quote above.

Batman has been investigating the murder of Arkham Asylum “Gotham Humane” award-winner Lamont Cranston. No, not THAT Lamont Cranston, but a descendent of THAT Lamont Cranston.

Yeah, I know it’s crazy, but that’s one of the reasons this story is so damn good!

The focus of this issue is the clash between The Batman’s belief in logic and the facts, versus The Shadow’s world where one’s eyes, ears and senses “clouds the mind.” Can The Dark Knight let go of his convictions just long enough to work with The Shadow and defeat their common enemy, “The Stag?”

So, who is The Stag? Basically, he is the “anti-Shadow.” Where The Shadow strikes down evil, The Stag strikes down good. Batman and The Shadow do kinda-sorta work together to prevent The Stag from murdering one of Batman’s closest allies (I’ll leave it to you to find out whom) – in a very combative, but cool, sort of way. As a result, it appears that Batman has no other choice but to team-up with The Shadow – especially if The Stag intends to do his own teaming-up with Batman’s greatest enemy, as the issue’s final panel suggests.

I’m absolutely loving BATMAN/THE SHADOW! Co-writers Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando have this story playing out like an old 1940s noir detective film, while artist Riley Rossmo’s work supports the noir, but also gives it a horror movie vibe as well.

You all need to be reading this…now. - Bill "Jett" Ramey

GRADE: A

A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey
is the founder of BATMAN-ON-FILM.COM.
He likes Elvis, Rock-N-Roll,
The University of Texas, cold beer,
Dallas Cowboys Football, and of course...
THE BATMAN!
He resides in the GREAT state of TEXAS with his lovely wife, three kids, and two Boston Terriers.


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