X-Men, Punisher and Deadpool scribe, Victor Gischler does! Gishler takes over as writer on Dynamite Entertainment's premiere titles, The Shadow, with issue #7 in comic stores in October. Joining Gischler on The Shadow is artist Jack Herbert, whose previous work includes Kirby: Genesis, with covers by Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Darwyn Cooke and Francesco Francavilla. Gischler takes over from current Shadow writer Garth Ennis.
"The Shadow is a classic, iconic character that I'm thrilled to write," Gischler said in the Dynamite press release announcing his debut."It's really like you get two characters in one - - The Shadow, an incredible crime fighter with the abilithy to cloud men's minds, but also a wealthy man about town named Lamont Cranston who is almost a James Bond sort of character himself. Action, romance and intrigue in an amazing pulp package make The Shadow a must read."
Gischler is no stranger to gritty pulp action. Author of seven crime novels, his debut, Gun Monkeys was nominated for the Edgar Award and his Shotgun Opera was an Anthony Award finalist. Gun Monkeys has been optioned for a film adaptation with Monk and Diagnosis: Murder writer Lee Goldberg writing the script. Gischler has been at Marvel the last few years working on The Punisher, Wolverine, Deadpool and, most recently wrote Curse of the Mutants, a meeting between The X-Men and Dracula. Aside from that, Gischler wrote August's Spike: A Dark Place for Dark Horse, sending Spike into space.
"Victor is a writer who we've wanted to work with for quite a bit, but weren't able to due to his exclusivity to Marvel," Dynamite President Nick Barrucci said in announcing Gischler's debut on The Shadow. "We actually spoke with Garth (Ennis) before deciding who the next writer on The Shadow should be, and Garth was happy to hear it was Victor, as he's a fan of his novels and Punisher run."
So, what's ahead in next month's The Shadow #7? Dynamite's description calls for a little globe-trotting to Nepal to confront opium smugglers, as the Shadow faces doubts about his abilities. "After the Shadow fails to stop a routine mugging, he travels to the Far East with his pilot and sidekick, WWI ace, Miles Crofton. In Nepal, he hopes to reconnect with his old masters and to consult with them about what could be amiss with his powers. Instead he finds opium smugglers. As always, The Shadow faces danger...but he must also look within himself."
The Shadow #7 ships in October with a $3.99 cover price as Victor Gischler's debut as writer and Darwyn Cooke's first cover for the legendary mystery man.