Shadowman is one of the Valiant line of comics' little oddities. It's part horror, part fantasy and a little bit superhero. As with all modern Valiant titles, this isn't the first iteration of the character. In fact, it's the third print version (there's also been video games with the same individual.)
Occasionally, Valiant books can take a bit to get going. Modern decompressed storytelling doesn't always succeed in grabbing the reader with the first (or sometimes even second issue.) Shadowman, happily, is an exception to this trend. Introducing the newest bearer of the Shadowman title (and yes, this isn't some cliched superhero code name, it's a voodoo legacy) Jack Boniface has lots of things to learn. Orphaned at an early age, he knows nothing about what happened to his parents. he knows nothing about the birthright that was left to him by his Father, but mostly he knows nothing about the dark forces gathering in the Deadside that want to destroy him.
Author Justin Jordan is another independent creator drafted by Valiant for their relaunched line. Co-Author and Artist Patrick Zircher has more mainstream credibility. Together they have created a seamless origin story with some truly fantastic artwork. By the end of this story arc, the book is rife with possibility. Unfortunately, the momentum doesn't hold up during the next arc. In the end, however, this is a great re-introduction of a classic character that has much to offer both new and old readers alike. Enjoy!