Shadowman is already a pretty great book all by its lonesome, but it looks like Valiant Comics is leading into something even bigger than Jack Boniface and his shadowy alter ego. And it all starts with issue five and the emergence of Dr. Mirage.
In this new iteration, Dr. Mirage is the stage name of Shan Fong, a one-time television investigator of paranormal phenomena whose unique abilities make her an invaluable asset to police departments around the world. During the upcoming “Darque Reckoning” storyline – beginning on March 6th in Shadowman #5 – Fong steps into the world of Jack Boniface and the Shadowman after discovering that no matter where she goes, the dead only have one thing to say: “Master Darque is coming.”
So it appears that Shadowman’s main villain, Master Darque, might just be of the ‘big bad’ variety and we just might be seeing the evolution of the next big Valiant Comics event. With Harbinger Wars just starting to kick into gear, it would be a great time to lead readers into the next phase of Valiant’s characters.
From what the publisher CEO (and lifelong comics fan) Dinesh Shamdasani had to say about what’s on the horizon, it seem we haven’t seen anything yet:
“Since the Summer of Valiant, we’ve been slowly building towards several key events. You can see the first of these events this April in Harbinger Wars, where Bloodshot and Harbinger collide,” Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani told the AP. “The return of Dr. Mirage is part of that plan — part of setting the stage. Dr. Mirage is a key piece in the future of the Valiant Universe and the timing of the return, as well as the manner, is no accident.”
Shadowman #5 is in stores right now from the creative team of writer Justin Jordan and co-writer/artist Patrick Zircher.