Issue 3 of Howard Chaykin’s return to the Shadow takes us to the Queen Mary as the Shadow/Lamont Cranston slowly gets to the point of this painfully slow paced story. I thought in issue one that it felt padded, and this does indeed feel like a three issue series padded out for six issues.
The main focus in this issue in in post WW2 London and expect plenty of exposition as Chaykin very slowly tells this story of tiny gold ingots, though there is a mention of Arthur Askey which should suitably confuse American readers.
For a pulp thriller, there’s not a lot of thrills. I’m still enjoying Chaykin’s art but I’m sticking with the last three issues now purely to complete the series and see how this leads back into Chaykin’s previous Shadow series for DC Comics he did in the 1980’s.