Story: Cavan Scott
Art: Corin Howell
Colors: Triona Farell
Letterer: Andworld Design
What They Say:
With a key member of the MI666 missing and Gina Meyer behind enemy lines, the true threat finally becomes clear as ‘Death to Spies’ reaches its thrilling conclusion. Supernatural spy action from New York Times bestseller Cavan Scott (Star Wars: The High Republic) and Corin Howell (Wonder Woman, Dark Red).
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
One of the things that I do like about books not from big companies is that they’re more willing to deal with actual changes to not just the story but to the characters, which had this arc killing off some folks early on and moving forward from there with all the things that came from that. Cavan Scott has moved the storyline along well with the first two arcs and has provided growth, change, and plenty of chaos, so we’re keen on more. As I’ve talked about with this series, Corin Howell has been a favorite for a while now when it comes to the artwork as I’ve liked several of their books in the last few years. With this one focusing more on action, they keep things tight but accessible and with a good flow to follow rather than too many quick cuts that don’t tell the tale, which goes a long way for me.
With this issue being the end of this storyline arc, or more accurately the end of the first half of the storyline, we get a lot of action and some pretty fun moments. Bringing Gina and the MI666 group to working with the other service is not something she likes doing and when she nearly kills Hui at the start you know it’ll feel earned to some degree. But the reality is that something bigger than them and the other supernatural services are operating things here and they had a very specific goal. With a lot of infiltration along the way and subversion going on, Downing has managed to get Hex through all her machinations and she’s now enjoying slowly torturing him through Baoli in order to get what she wants from him. And is willing to take the time, since she enjoys his screams of agony.
That eventually gets to Gina and her group as Hex manages to send a signal their way by using Quill once again. He continues to pay a heavy price for his actions but it’s amusing to watch play out. The final chapter here has to work through a lot of things to get to that teaser at the end but it delivers with some good creature action and seeing Gina and Coyle going in for the more direct rescue. And even amid this we get more character material, such as learning about Coyle’s relationship status being more complicated than hinted at before, and to see a pretty sizable confrontation with Gina and Downing as we discover that Downing is a witch in her own right, just not on Gina’d level. But having things end on a down note with the team not getting what they’re after and taking the loss for the moment sets a real mod for what the next storyline will be like and I’m definitely in for it.
Shadow Service continues to be a series that surprises and delights. I’m beyond thrilled that Vault has let it get to fifteen issues and that they haven’t reset the numbering with each arc. I would totally understand why and even support it to some degree in order to draw in new people. With two trades out, this third arc will make for a great follow-up and I’m excited to see what the next installment will be like and how far it’ll go. This issue brings things to a pretty dark place overall with how the cast is treated and how events unfold, so that’s definitely going to stand out. The writing continues to hit well, the artwork looks great, and the flow is fantastic. This continues to be a brightly shining hidden gem.
Age Rating: 15+
Released By: Vault Comics
Release Date: September 28th, 2022