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It was a joint DC/Dynamite publication.

It opened on Bruce Wayne in the Alps, asking Henri Ducard to help him solve a mystery.

The mystery was a murder in Gotham.

Batman twisted out of the way.

Batman followed the figure up to the roof.

" You will tell me. "

His opponent whirled, scarf and cloak flying in the wind, .45s out and laughter in the air.

" The Shadow knows. "

" .. what? "

Batman blinked, and the Shadow was gone.

Back at the Batcave, Batman considered what he had - a very old knife, a dead man named Lamont Cranston, and this Shadow who knew what'd been written in a letter Bruce Wayne'd burned when he was thirteen, a letter from his grandfather Patrick.

He ran facial recognition on the face of the Shadow that he'd captured.. and got Lamont Cranston, dead in 1963 of cancer.

To understand that, Batman went after the earlier dead Cranston's known associates.

A man named Malone worked his way through the list - Harry Vincent, Cliff Marsland, Margo Lane.

She gave him the number of a room in a Gotham apartment building.

He entered an elevator there and told the operator where to go.

" .. right away, sir. "

The operator's hand, sporting a ring with a red stone, tightened.

" What was that the Master said again? "

Malone - Batman, of course - exited the elevator at its destination, over the loyal man's beaten body.

He picked the lock to the apartment he wanted and stepped in, where he saw a picture of his dead grandfather with a man who looked like the Shadow.

Looking around, he found his way into the Sanctum.

" This armory.. you were fighting a war out of here, Cranston.. "

Batman followed the link revealed.

" Help me find the Shadow. "

The Shadow coalesced.

(Pagecount's just under 7 and 1/3rd of 22 from Batman/The Shadow #1.)

Date: 2019-03-06 11:37 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scarabknight
I genuinely love the portrayal of the Shadow in this! This vast mystery, the tinge of the occult that always follows him around, the inspired loyalty decades on, the clouding of Batman's mind, it's all great stuff. This feels closest to a good update on the Shadow than anyone else has come to thus far.

Date: 2019-03-06 04:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
The Shadow and the Bat are natural partners, especially since the character of Batman was probably inspired in part by the Shadow and other pulp heroes. Ha, and Bruce thought he was good at disappearing!


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