Shadow War: Alpha #1: DC Comics Review

Mar 30, 2022

Simply put: If you’re reading any of Joshua Williamson’s ongoing titles at DC Comics, you’ll want to give this a look. Shadow War: Alpha #1 sets up a major event that’s kicked off by a couple of surprising developments, along with a little late twist.

DC Comics
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Pencils by: Viktor Bogdanovic
Inks by: Viktor Bogdanovic & Daniel Henriques
Colors by: Mike Spicer
Letters by: Troy Peteri

As someone who’s only fully up to date on one of the three titles intertwined in this event (Deathstroke Inc.), I did not feel lost in this issue. There are clearly some things I can’t get full appreciation of, especially surrounding Robin. But, Williamson makes it easy for anyone who’s paid attention peripherally to join in. All you really need is a good understanding of the League of Assassins to have fun here.

While the story is interesting and well-paced, Viktor Bogdanovic’s art style enhances the start of this espionage story. This story moves at a break-neck pace in spots. However, Bogdanovic is also able to slow things down and provide art that will make you pause for a moment while processing the information Williamson is providing.

If you’re a Batman fan or someone who’s been itching for more from the League of Assassins, this is an issue you’ll want to pick up. And with Williamson writing all three titles involved in this event, this is in position to be a very fluid story.

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