THE SHADOW: MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW #1-6 (Howard Chaykin)

Le scénariste et dessinateur vétéran Howard Chaykin (Satellite Sam, Buck Rogers) n’arrête plus de faire parler de lui. On le retrouvera, dans le courant de l’année 2013, sur le personnage du Shadow dont il a contribué à la renommée avec le mythique The Shadow: Blood & Judgement.

Dans cette nouvelle mini-série intitulée Midnight in Moscow, l’artiste raconte la disparition du personnage en 1949, trente ans avant son retour à Chicago raconté dans Blood & Judgement.

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[quote]Official Press Release

Dynamite is proud to announce that legendary writer/artist Howard Chaykin will write his first new tale of The Shadow in nearly thirty years. The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow will take place three decades prior to the events of his critically acclaimed Blood & Judgment series. Chaykin will reprise his creative role both as writer and artist for this new venture.

“I’m delighted and grateful to Dynamite for the opportunity to work once again on so legendary a character as The Shadow,” says Chaykin. “My new miniseries, The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow, tells the secret story behind the Shadow’s disappearance in 1949.” While this new series marks his return to Shadow storytelling, he hasn’t strayed far from the character in recent years, contributing gorgeous cover artwork for Dynamite’s variety of Shadow series.

“The Shadow: Blood & Judgment is one of my favorite comic series of all time,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite. “It absolutely blows my mind, still to this day. I can’t even begin to express how much this means to me as the publisher of the series and how much as a fan of Howard’s series. Howard Chaykin’s return to the character is going to be phenomenal. And in a move that will certainly keep his fans on their toes, he’s setting Midnight in Moscow up not as a direct sequel to his earlier work, but years and years beforehand, at an exciting and critical moment in the Shadow’s history. I have such tremendous respect for Howard as a storyteller, a true modern master of the comic book medium.”

Howard Chaykin is a modern legend in the comics industry, with an exceptionally respected body of work spanning four decades. He is perhaps best known for American Flagg!, a series published by First Comics in 1982. Chaykin wrote and illustrated the first twelve issues exclusively, and was praised by critics and readers alike. In 1985, Chaykin wrote and drew The Shadow for DC Comics, the acclaimed run that would later be collected by Dynamite as The Shadow: Blood & Judgment. He is the recipient of Inkpot and Eisner Awards. His extensive library of comics work includes such titles as Star Wars, Black Kiss, American Century, Challengers of the Unknown, Blackhawk, Hawkgirl, Blade, Punisher War Journal, and Satellite Sam. He was also executive script consultant for The Flash television series on CBS, and later worked on action-adventure programs such as Viper, Earth: Final Conflict, and Mutant X.

The Shadow began its existence in 1930 as a narrative voice on the Street and Smith radio program Detective Story Hour. The audience thrilled to the serialized adventures of this mysterious figure, whose mythos expanded to include Occidental mysticism, hypnotic powers over weak criminal minds, and twin .45 caliber handguns. With a keen intellect and relentless drive, The Shadow hunted criminals without mercy in an era when gumshoe detectives and bootlegging mobsters was a thrilling yet fearsome reality. The character’s popularity has endured for over 80 years, bolstered by appearances in radio serials, novels, comic books, films, and more. In recent years, Dynamite published a groundbreaking and well-received Shadow series launched by comic writer Garth Ennis (Preacher), with further tales crafted by Victor Gischler and Chris Roberson. Lamont Cranston’s grim alter-ego has also appeared in such related series as The Shadow: Year One, Masks, and The Shadow / Green Hornet: Dark Nights.[/quote]

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Le site de l’éditeur: dynamite.com

oups…

je viens de salir mon slip.

il me faudra ça.

Pareil : je vais pas louper ça !

Jim

Voici quatre pages de The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow #1:

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

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[quote]THE SHADOW: MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW #1
Written by: Howard Chaykin.
Art by: Howard Chaykin.
Cover by: Howard Chaykin.
Description: New Year’s, 1950–the end of a tumultuous decade…and Lamont Cranston, the man the world and the underworld know all too well as The Shadow, has had enough. It’s time for the Mysterious Nemesis of Crime to hang up his cloak, his slouch hat, and his twin .45s, and retire from public life…
…But despite this momentous decision, Margo Laine and the rest of the Shadow’s agents fear that mankind, teetering on the brink of nuclear Armageddon, may not be quite ready to be bereft of the Dark Avenger.
Pages: 32.
Price: $3.99.
In stores: May 21. [/quote]

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Source: www.comicscontinuum.com

[quote=“Howard Chaykin”]Sorry to disappoint the enthusiasts, but I’m not a fan of the original material. When I was called upon to do the book in 1985, I gather the assumption was that here’s this guy who loves the 1930s–so he must be hip to the canon. Not true. I had to do a lot of catch up and research on the source stuff–and it was pretty much what I expected. a lot of junk, and a few gems.

I say this knowing it’s going to piss off the fans of the stuff–you know who you are. Get over it.[/quote]

[size=150]INTERVIEW DE HOWARD CHAYKIN PAR DAN ABNETT[/size]

Alors c’est pas mal du tout, ce truc…
Narration au poil (on s’en doute), grande sobriété dans la représentation de la violence et du sexe, beaucoup d’ironie (l’avalanche d’or).
Une première chose frappe : la transparence. Quand on regarde les planches en noir et blanc, on voit beaucoup de traits, de trames, de matières. Une fois mis en couleur, tout ceci brille, lui, le trait est colorisé. Pour rester dans le ton, le lettrage de Bruzenak (toujours aussi virtuose), joue aussi sur les transparences, s’émancipant du filet noir. Là, je suis moins fan, mais je comprends la logique.
Quant au dessin de Chaykin, ça y est, il touche à la caricature. Depuis son retour au dessin (il y a une dizaine d’années, grosso modo, non ?), il naviguait dans les eaux du réalisme crispé qu’on lui connaît, ce qui donnait un trait tendu, craquant, peut-être raide. Là, il pousse davantage l’exagération : les jambes s’allongent, amaigries, les visages se déforment, il dessine des trognes incroyables. Sa tendance récente à tracer des gros mentons prend ici du sens, s’associant à des lèvres pincés, réduites à leur plus simple expression, à des dentitions alignées et presque clownesque. Cette tendance au cartoony se retrouve aussi dans les mains, dans ces doigts potelés et arrondis qui confinent au semi-réalisme.
C’est sans doute le résultat d’une évolution, mais c’est la première fois que ça me frappe (et pourtant, je regarde ce qu’il fait, j’ai même zieuté ses Buck Rogers récents, ça ne m’avait pas sauté aux yeux). Le résultat, à mon goût, serait plus savoureux si les couleurs et le lettrage étaient moins clinquant, mais c’est quand même pas mal du tout.

Jim

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[quote]THE SHADOW: MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW #2
STORY BY Howard Chaykin
ART BY Howard Chaykin
COLORS BY Jesus Aburtov
LETTERS BY Ken Bruzenak
COVER BY Howard Chaykin
PUBLISHER Dynamite Entertainment
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE Wed, July 2nd, 2014
The streets of New York run red with criminal blood, as the families of organized crime wage war on each other. The streets of London conceal an international conspiracy that may very well put an end to humanity. And Lamont Cranston, aka The Shadow, has retired. WTF!?!![/quote]

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Source: www.comicbookresources.com

[quote]The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow #3
Story by Howard Chaykin
Art by Howard Chaykin
Colors by Jesus Aburtov
Letters by Ken Bruzenak
Cover by Howard Chaykin
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, August 6th, 2014
“The Game’s afoot!” Sherlock Holmes famously said–and a half century after the legendary sleuth pursued criminals in the foggy streets of London, The Shadow finds himself in the footsteps of Holmes, drawn into the hunt for a conspiracy that will, if it succeeds, will bring the free world to its knees.[/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

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[quote]The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow #4
Story by Howard Chaykin
Art by Howard Chaykin
Colors by Jesus Aburtov
Letters by Ken Bruzenak
Cover by Howard Chaykin
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, September 17th, 2014
The City of Light welcomes the Creature of the Night as The Shadow haunts the rooftops of Paris…One step behind his quarry–as the Doomsday clock clicks inexorably to Midnight…[/quote]

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Source: www.comicbookresources.com

Je sais, objectivement, que Howard Chaykin est un auteur qui a grandement influencé les comics et qui a un vrai impact sur ce média que j’aime tant.
Mais, quand même, je ne peux m’empêcher de dire que son trait est super moche.

[quote]Shadow: Midnight in Moscow #5
Story by Howard Chaykin
Art by Howard Chaykin
Colors by Jesus Aburtov
Letters by Ken Bruzenak
Cover by Howard Chaykin
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, October 29th, 2014
The Doomsday Clock ticks ever closer to Midnight–and only the SHADOW and his faithful companion MARGO LAINE can hope to hold back the hour of annihilation…[/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

[quote]Shadow: Midnight in Moscow #6
Story by Howard Chaykin
Art by Howard Chaykin
Cover by Howard Chaykin
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, December 3rd, 2014
The doomsday clock tolls for mankind–and only one man can save both nuclear powers from Armageddon in the breathless final chapter of what may be the SHADOW’S final adventure.[/quote]

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à noter:les caméos de Doc Savage,Tarzan,Bulldog Drummond,Ellery Queen et Nero Wolfe.

Ah marrant que tu en parles : j’ai acheté le TPB il y a un mois ou deux, et il approche du haut de la pile, donc je vais le lire bientôt.

Jim

Bonne lecture.

Merci.
C’est pas pour tout de suite tout de suite, cela dit.
:wink:

Jim

Merci pour cette précision. C’est clair que cette scène n’est pas si simple à comprendre. Bizarrement, j’ai trouvé les références à Tarzan, deux trois épisodes plus loin (et cantonnées au dialogues) plus facilement identifiables.

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Car oui, j’ai enfin trouvé le temps de lire la mini. Et c’est très sympa. Sans réellement contredire sa version d’il y a trente ans, Chaykin nous donne à voir un héros vieillissant, décidé à raccrocher, mais toujours hanté par l’idée de reprendre le collier. La tentation de la mission est plutôt bien illustrée ici.
L’intrigue en elle-même, qui associe paranoïa de la guerre froide, espionnage industrielle, équilibre de la terreur et idée de SF rétro, est sympa mais repose peut-être trop sur les destins croisés : de manière éclairante, on voit beaucoup de personnages marcher et se croiser au gré de leur mission, jusqu’à des retrouvailles finales, qui marquent le vrai retour du héros dans son célèbre costume. Le procédé peut lasser à la longue, mais ça illustre clairement les errances d’un justicier en quête de lui-même.

La reproduction, dans le TPB, des dessins noir & blanc servant aux couvertures, démontrent à mon goût que le trait de Chaykin est plutôt desservi par les couleurs de Jesus Aburto, qui rajoutent des volumes et des modelés là où il n’y en a pas. C’est dommage.

Jim