Episode #6: Shadowhawk #1 & 2

Every comic book line up needs an on the street style superhero. Marvel has Daredevil, DC has Batman (or more accurately the Bat Family because the Man himself is just as likely to be in space,) and Image put in their two cents with Shadowhawk. Host Nathaniel Wayne takes a look at the first two issues of Jim Valentino’s creation and sees if it’s worthy of the company it’s seeking or if it slips and breaks its own spine.

Listen to Episode 6: Shadowhawk #1 & 2.

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And now here are your choice page samplings of this book from the issue, with the art and story by Jim Valentino.


The thrilling story of A Nig Htm Are Wal Kin G!




Arson! The villain with a name so unique we had to be sure to put the trademark right over the exclamation mark, lest someone still our brilliantly original word!


I never thought I’d say this but… Hey lady, the 80s called, they want their… yeah you know how this goes.


We already hooked you with our striking first issue, but really we know you’re only here for Spawn.


Wow… that was… uh… a thing that happened… Yeah, it sure was that, boy howdy.

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2 thoughts on “Episode #6: Shadowhawk #1 & 2

  1. Another great episode! Doing the first two issues back-to-back in one episode is really working for this podcast. A premier issue might not always represent the book’s saving graces or vices, so exploring the follow-up issue is nice to confirm or refute the verdict of the first.

    I don’t think I ever read an issue of this comic. When my friends and I got into Image Comics at the beginning I’m sure one of them picked this up, but I always looked at the character and thought, “Eh, I’d rather be reading Batman or the Hawkworld-era Hawkman.” I’m also not very familiar with Jim Valentino as a writer or artist since I wasn’t reading Marvel’s cosmic books and it seems like that’s where he cut his teeth before ShadowHawk.

    Great job, as always.


  2. I bought the initial mini-series, or maybe just part of it. Valentino was more of a writer than his Image colleague and it shows. The comic was sold as a mystery about WHO Shadowhawk was. It’s an intriguing twist. Otherwise, he’s the illegitimate son of Wolverine and the Punisher, so whatever.

    I think the central mystery justifies the 2nd person singular, which I normally HATE. Almost wish it didn’t matter who Shadowhawk was, so that he could always be YOU. But Valentino is no Grant Morrison.


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