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Shadowpact #4

August 16, 2006

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Blue Devil: A Night in the Life

Blue Devil rides solo for the night — and Hell’s a-lookin’ for him.

Writer: Bill Willingham
Pencils: Steve Scott
Inks: Wayne Faucher
Colors: Mike Atiyeh
Letters: Pat Brosseau
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Cover Art: Steve Scott
Publisher: DC Comics

This is, strictly speaking, a pretty good issue of Shadowpact. The only real problem comes in scheduling – it seems a bit counterproductive to end the arc that kept Shadowpact out of commission for a year, then follow it with a one-off story that takes place before that year.

That said, this spotlight on Blue Devil is a fun issue. Hanging out in his home neighborhood in Metropolis, Dan Cassidy – alias Blue Devil – runs afoul of several obstacles (demonic and otherwise) on his way to a Shadowpact meeting. A few throwdowns later, Danny finds a novel solution to his predicament.

As in his best stories, Bill Willingham finds an unconventional way to end what looks like a pretty conventional superhero story. What’s more, he has a great track record of using seemingly one-shot stories to subtly set up major plot points that pay off down the line, and there’s definitely a taste of that here. It’s also nice to see the Shadowpact characters, most of whom haven’t had a spotlight in years, if ever, get a chance to shine on their own, and the way he writes Blue Devil in particular is sure to please longtime fans of the character. The only real problem with this issue is that I think the title needed a few more issues to stand on its own before taking a chance on an issue like this one.

It’s a shame that Willingham’s art stint didn’t last longer – I don’t know if he has any plans to pencil future issues of this title – but Steve Scott does a good job on his own. He’s basically dealing with Blue Devil’s world here, and that means big monsters in a surprisingly normal urban setting. The pieces come together here very well.

A nice issue for Shadowpact fans. A real treat for Blue Devil fans. An okay issue overall.

Rating: 7/10

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