Valiant's supernatural hero, Shadowman, returns in March with an all-new ongoing series from the creative team of writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One, Daredevil) and artist Stephen Segovia (Action Comics).
Shadowman #1 will begin a three-part story arc titled “Fear of the Dark,” which will also reintroduce Shadowman's alter ego Jack Boniface to the Valiant Universe.
“It’s a story about stepping out of the shadows and embracing the light. Trying to move on from your own mistakes and be a better man. Of course, it's not easy,” Diggle said in a statement. “As Shadowman, Jack will never fully be able to escape his own demons. It's about learning to live with them. And as he comes to a better understanding of himself and his family's legacy, he'll discover whole new worlds and new powers he never even imagined he had.”
“Andy Diggle is a phenomenal new addition to Valiant, and he brings an incredible amount of vision and precision to his long-term plans for one of Valiant’s most seminal characters,” Valiant's Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons said. “Together with the exceptional Stephen Segovia – who is delivering page after page of stunning, career-defining work on this series – this team is gearing up to unleash what will be one of Valiant’s most important series and a central new pillar for our publishing line.”
An image by artist Greg Smallwood teased Shadowman's return back in March, a year ahead of the first issue arriving in stores. Created by Jim Shooter, Steve Englehart, David Lapham and Bob Layton in 1992, Shadowman has been mostly absent from the current titles since the most recent Shadowman series ended in 2014.
Jack Boniface is just one of the many people to possess the power of the Shadowman over the decades. Their power is tied to violent voodoo spirits who are tasked with safeguarding our world against threats from the great beyond.
“Make no mistake: Shadowman #1 will be Valiant’s single most important monthly series launch of 2018,” Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani added. “Over the past year, we’ve dedicated a vast amount of time and resources to cementing tentpole series for our most beloved and demanded characters, and Shadowman has long been at the top of that list. This is one of the most vital, but as-yet unexplored, mythologies in the whole of the Valiant library. Together, Andy Diggle and Stephen Segovia are going to be leading off a massive slate of surprises – wait until you see the second arc! – that are going to make Shadowman an integral component of Valiant’s bold plans for the future.”
Fans that pre-order the first three issues of Shadowman will receive the Shadowman #1-3 Pre-Order Edition Bundle, which will include extra bonus content, creator commentary, process artwork, first looks at upcoming issues, and an exclusive cover from artist Raúl Allén (Secret Weapons). The first issue will also feature the publisher's first-ever glow in the dark variant cover.
Shadowman #1 -- with covers by Eisner Award nominee Tonci Zonjic (Who is Jake Ellis?), Renato Guedes (Bloodshot Salvation, Wolverine), Juan José Ryp (Britannia) and Travel Foreman (Animal Man, The Ultimates) -- goes on sale March 28.