Behind every great hero is some kind of pain and tragedy. Something that a person has to rise above to become more than who they were. Tragedies separate the strong from the weak and often show us what we are made of. In the latest issue of Shaft we see the start of what made him the man we knew from the movies.
John is having some issues reacclimating after coming back from Vietnam. He’s still trying to escape the past and build a new future. Getting a job with an investigation and security company seems to be a good start. As a store detective John finds some satisfaction in life as well as a romantic interest. We know this has no happy ending, of course, and this will lead to more events to set John on a different path than he was expecting.
I enjoyed the second issue of Shaft as much, if not more than the first. The writing is still spot on and walks the line well between getting the era correct while avoiding the stereotypes that come with it. All the backstory is just creating a more fascinating character, giving him layers and motivations that play nicely into the familiar. The art also continues to flesh out the story nicely. Evoking the 60s/70s era perfectly and adding depth to the emotions in the storytelling.
I’m giving Shaft 4.5 out of 5 stars. This series just keeps getting better. Definitely add it to your pull list!
Here’s a peek inside:
Writer: David Walker
Art: Bilquis Evely