The story of Zadie Lu takes an unexpected twist in Shadecraft #3. All this time, Zadie thought the shadows were trying to kill her, and they still could be. But the new school counselor Angela drops some bombshell information on Zadie and her brother, they may not be ready to hear. All the shady shenanigans continue in Shadecraft #3.
Picking up where issue #2 left off, we find out that Angela is a special agent for the United States government. Angela’s job is to track down people like Zadie and train them. She’s come to tell Zadie that the shadows she thinks are trying to do her harm are being manifested from herself. With Angela’s help, Zadie spends most of the book trying to control her newfound abilities while trying to make sense of everything. Shadecraft #3 is a great entry that shows off Zadie’s heroic side and provides the same humor and action that’s made this an awesome series to read.
Joe Henderson’s writing this issue has proven two things. First, he’s good at character development, and second, he’s even better at cliffhangers. It’s great to see how Henderson continues to place roadblock after roadblock in front of Zadie and her reactions to it. She’s a teenager and Henderson never forgets that as the story goes forward. So watching her juggle her brother’s coma, high school crushes, and now shadow abilities help her continue to grow as a character.
Lee Garbett continues to shine with his realistic and creative take on the shadows. There’s a great usage of close-ups and character emotions, which is helpful seeing as how emotions play a big part in the storyline. Colorist Antonio Fabela’s color choices add a fantastic element of horror to the book that blends nicely. Garbett and Fabela make a fantastic team.
Shadecraft #3 takes the story to new heights that feel fun, fresh, and unpredictable. The most noteworthy addition is the arrival of Agent Angela Owens — ultimately, time will tell if she’s a friend or foe. Until that time comes, your guess is as good as mine.
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