Indie Comics Review: Shadecraft #1

by Carl Bryan
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Review: Shadecraft #1


[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer:  Joe Henderson

Artist: Lee Garbett,  Antonio Fabela

Colors: Antonio Fabela

Letters:  Simon Bowland

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan


“I’m not afraid of the Dark.” – Zadie Lu

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?

From the creative team that brought you the Eisner-nominated SKYWARD, writer JOE HENDERSON (showrunner of Netflix’s Lucifer) and artist LEE GARBETT (Captain Marvel). Join Zadie Lu as she ventures into the shadows to face her fears and discovers a legacy she never knew she had.



Joe Henderson immediately places us in the high school life of Zadie Lu through a walk home with her friend/crush Josh.  Zadie is cute, awkward, painted as an outcast and we immediately love her!  But if all this was not enough, the poor girl has a brother, Ricky, that is in a coma living at home under the family’s care.

As a character we were already intrigued, but to place this on her was an odd choice as a writer.  Or was it? No spoilers here as the the suspense is as good as an old 80s horror move in terms of what is lurking in the shadows.  Or are the shadows lurking around Zadie?

Zadie is as a strong a new character as Naomi in the DC Universe.  Henderson’s work on Skyward was top notch so it is natural that carries over to this new story which is well worth the purchase!


Positives 2.0

Lee Garbett is a clean artist.  Colors pop and backgrounds are vivid, but to paint a book that has characters as vibrant as Zadie and as dark as the shadows is pure talent.  Each page is a Gemini effect with a cliff hanger of an ending that instantly pulls your money out for the second issue!



Hear the wind swooshing around and the leaves blowing.  Nothing to see here in this section.  This team is proven with Skyward…love this team and their new book!


Snyder and Capullo….great team….Mcfarlane and Capullo….great team…..Henderson and Garbett….great team.  You get the picture!  This book is well worth the investment and the cover is frame worthy!


5outof5 DC Comics News

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