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"Shadecraft #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics


Written by Joe Henderson
Illustrated by Lee Garbett
Colored by Antonio Fabela
Lettered by Simon Bowland
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 31st, 2021


Zadie Lu was having a hard enough time with the trials and tribulations of high school. Now she's known as the sister of “coma kid” since her brother's accident. That's nothing compared to what happens when the shadows nearby start attacking her.

Shadecraft works to quickly introduce us to Zadie and her complicated life. Aside from the brother in a coma and the evil shadows, she's going through things that we've all experienced at one point in our lives. This makes her instantly relatable, pulling you into the story right away. You can see all the doubts and insecurities of being a teenager play out on her face as artist Lee Garbett works some magic.

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Much of Zadie's personality comes through in Simon Bowland's lettering. It's here we get some context for her dialogue with selected use of italics. It provides a genuine voice for the character.

Despite those feelings of insecurities, Zadie comes across as the quirky cool kid. Sure, she's a bit of a loner, but you can't deny that in hindsight, she'd be the kind of person you'd most want to hang out with in high school. This all works together to make the stuff with the shadows all the more harrowing. The darkness comes upon Zadie like an invasion, ready to swallow her whole.

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Colorist Antonio Fabela depicts this less as full black, and more like the absence of light. It engulfs everything it touches, making it disappear within itself. This becomes even scarier when it takes the form of people and large claws. You can make out some shapes in these that are super unsettling.

Shadecraft #1 ends with a great twist that ties everything in this issue together, solidifying the foundation for the rest of the series. It's equal parts heartwarming and horrifying, which is an interesting combination. This is a comic that really hits the ground running and I'm eager to see where it goes.


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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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