THE SHADE Travels Beyond Opal City

THE SHADE Travels Beyond Opal City

By DCE Editorial Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

(Cully Hamner's variant cover for THE SHADE #2)

When it first appeared in 1994, Opal City became home to the characters of acclaimed writer James Robinson’s NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series, STARMAN. Fast forward nearly two decades and Opal City still serves as these characters’ home base. But that might not be the case for too much longer. Robinson recently let us know that in upcoming issues of THE SHADE, the 12-issue miniseries that spun out of STARMAN, the series’ protagonist would be crossing Opal City’s borders and taking his adventures across the globe. “I'm excited for readers to see the Shade outside his usual milieu of Opal City,” Robinson told us. “As the mystery around Deathstroke's attack on him deepens, look forward in issues #2 and #3 to the Shade venturing to the moody alleys of Hamburg, Germany and the barren, bright Australian outback where he will encounter both deadly native gods and the mysterious world of dreamtime.” Illustrated by Cully Hamner, THE SHADE #1 was an instant hit with fans and critics alike. Check out some highlights of the praise it received below and be sure to pick up issue #2 when it hits stores on November 16th. “This is a perfect comic book … This is writer James Robinson at his best, working on a character he knows better than anyone, and we couldn’t be happier.” – MTV GEEK, #1 comic book for the month of October “THE SHADE #1 is a glorious return to form, topped with a beautiful painted cover from Tony Haris, and a welcome trip back to the STARMAN corner of the DC Universe … THE SHADE #1 is fantastic, that's all you need to know, and we've still got 11 more issues. Bring them on.” – COMIC BOOK RESOURCES “Robinson's story is compelling so far, giving us charming, intriguing characters and having fun with the form.” – CRAVE ONLINE “The writer closes on a deliberately shocking ending that will leave you intrigued to pick up issue #2 as soon as possible.” – IGN “Really beautiful book, well written with good structure.” – COMICVINE, 5/5 star review “James Robinson is at his best when he is able to play with words and that’s what Shade gives him; a character who enjoys words as much as the author does.” NEWSARAMA