SHAFT: IMITATION LIFE #1-4 (David Walker / Dietrich Smith)

Décidément, la production de David Walker est bien foisonnante. Alors que nous l’annoncions un peu plus tôt à la tête de la série Power Man & Iron Fist chez Marvel, l’éditeur Dynamite révèle que le scénariste est engagé sur l’écriture d’une deuxième mini-série Shaft, intitulée Imitation of Life, avec Dietrich Smith au dessin; ainsi qu’à la rédaction du nouveau roman - le premier en 40 ans - Shaft’s Revenge.

Créé comme le “James Bond afro-américain” par l’écrivain Ernest Tidyman et interprété par Richard Roundtree dans les adaptations “Les Nuits rouges de Harlem” (1971), “Les Nouveaux Exploits de Shaft” (1972) et “Shaft contre les trafiquants d’hommes” (1972), John Shaft est un détective privé particulièrement impliqué.

Dans cette nouvelle aventure, il tente de faire profile bas en acceptant une simple affaire de personne disparue qui s’avère finalement bien plus complexe que prévue. Surtout quand, en parallèle, le détective accepte le rôle de consultant pour un film qui pourrait très bien parler de sa vie.

Quant au roman, il verra le parrain de la pègre New-yorkaise contacter Shaft pour lui demander une faveur, le piégeant ainsi dans une spirale sans fin de violence et de meurtre.
Le roman Shaft’s Revenge et le premier numéro de Shaft: Imitation Life paraitront en février 2016, le Black History Month aux États-Unis.

A noter que la première mini-série a reçu le prix de “la meilleure histoire de l’année” lors des Glyph Comics Awards 2015.

[quote]“The idea for the new miniseries, ‘Shaft: Imitation of Life,’ is one that’s been in my head for a long time, and is something that I’m really excited about,” Walker is quoted in Dynamite’s press release. “This has been a really fun story to develop.”

“Of all the great action heroes I watched and imitated as a youngster, Shaft was at the top – a private eye with a chip on his shoulder, an attitude that dared anyone to try him,” Smith added. “Having the opportunity to draw the smoothest man alive is something I’m very excited about.”[/quote]

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[quote] Ernest Tidyman created a really interesting and complicated character with John Shaft. He is a very violent man, with a penchant for killing, he drinks too much, sleeps around too much, and he is very much aware that he’s something of a damaged person. Tidyman touched upon some of this stuff, but a lot of it was really underused material that I decided to play with.

I wanted to explore some of what makes Shaft tick, including aspects of his youth. We learn stuff about Shaft in this book that has never been revealed before, stuff that even he didn’t know about, which serves as something of a second mystery within the story.[/quote]

[size=150]INTERVIEW DE L’AUTEUR DAVID WALKER[/size]

Voici les premières pages de Shaft : Imitation Life :

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

[quote] SHAFT: IMITATION OF LIFE #1

Written by: David Walker.

Art by: Dietrich Smith.

Cover by: Matthew Clarke.

Description: After a high profile case that put him in the headlines, private detective John Shaft is looking for something low profile and easy that will keep him out of the spotlight and out of danger. Shaft takes a missing person case that proves to be more difficult than he initially thought. At the same time, he is hired to be a consultant on a low budget film that may or may not be based on his life, and proves to be as dangerous as any job he’s ever had. But when there’s danger all about, John Shaft is the cat that won’t cop out - even if it means squaring off against sadistic gangsters that want him dead.

Pages: 32.

Price: $3.99.

In stores: Feb. 10. [/quote]

Source : www.comicscontinuum.com

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[quote]Shaft: Imitation of Life #2

Story by
David F. Walker
Art by
Dietrich Smith
Cover by
Matthew Clarke
Publisher
Dynamite Entertainment

Cover Price:
$3.99
Release Date
Mar 9th, 2016

MATURE READERS

Having grown tired of dangerous cases that lead to violence, private detective John Shaft decides it’s time to earn some easy money. His first job? Working as a consultant on a film about a black private dick. Award-winning author David F. Walker (Cyborg, Power Man & Iron Fist) proudly delivers the second chapter, entitled “Easy Money”, of the hard-hittin’, tough-talkin’ John Shaft’s latest case![/quote]

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Source : www.comicbookresources.com

[quote]Shaft #3

Story by
David F. Walker
Art by
Dietrich Smith
Cover by
Matthew Clarke
Publisher
Dynamite Entertainment

Cover Price:
$3.99
Release Date
Apr 20th, 2016

MATURE READERS

Working as a consultant on a film proves to be more difficult that Shaft had expected. Not to mention more dangerous. Things take a potentially deadly turn when the police bring Shaft in for questioning on an unrelated case.
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Source : www.comicbookresources.com

[quote]Shaft: Imitation Of Life #4

Story by
David F. Walker
Art by
Dietrich Smith
Cover by
Matthew Clark
Publisher
Dynamite Entertainment

Cover Price:
$3.99
Release Date
May 25th, 2016

MATURE READERS

The only thing John Shaft wanted was a simple case, one where no one got hurt or killed. He figured working as a consultant on a low budget film would be easy money. He was wrong… dead wrong.
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Source : www.comicbookresources.com