Dark Nights #5
Written By: Michael Uslan
Art By: Keith Burns
In this conclusion arc, The Shadow, Green Hornet, and Kato takes action on top of the Chrysler building, to the depths of the tunnels of New York City to rid the world of the evil Shiwan Khan, and his diabolical scheme. But, standing in our heroes way, is Khan and the power of the Girasol which once belonged to the Shadow himself, reinforcements of the 5th Column, and… Urban Legend Albino Gators?!?! Who aren’t really albino, but I digress from the specifics, since one is trying to stay clear from tonight’s main course. Maybe they should seek out the help of four adolescent reptiles that know the way of the martial arts, who are named after famous art… Hold on, the voices in my head are trying to tell me something. (What’s that you say? It’s a different company? Cease this rambling before our readers get confused?) We have readers?
Anyways, the guys get help from an unlikely group that us New Yorkers call urban décor of our landscape. But will that be enough to save the day and the president? Oh yeah, Khan kidnapped President Roosevelt and plans on killing him as a favor to Hitler. Oh that Khan, the things he’ll do for acceptance. The highlight of this issue that made me giggle was when Kato gave a crocodile a Tatsumaki Senpukyaku. (For those who don’t know what that is, I’ll wait while you “Google” it…. Go ahead. Now that you have, and you’re picturing it happening to a crocodile, it’s hilarious right?)
The Art and Panel: I enjoyed the flow and perspective of some of the pages. Burns keeps it intriguing with the action from Kato, and the dynamic angles with panels of the Shadow.
The Verdict: I enjoyed the pairing of the Green Hornet and the Shadow. Although they both have a different method of dishing out justice, they both respect each other when it comes down to the nitty gritty of thwarting evil. A la Punisher and Daredevil style of views, it’s an interesting take that I wouldn’t mind seeing more of down the line.