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Howard Chaykin Returns to The Shadow in May

The creator of the seminal "Blood & Judgment" series that revitalized the Shadow in the 1980s returns for a prequel that explains where Lamont Cranston disappeared to in the first place.

Shadow: Midnight in Moscow Cover - P 2014
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Teased at last year's San Diego Comic-Con, Dynamite Entertainment has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that legendary comic creator Howard Chaykin's return to classic pulp hero the Shadow is scheduled for a new six-part mini-series launching this summer.

The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow is set three decades earlier that Chaykin's The Shadow: Blood & Judgment, the mini-series that relaunched the character for modern audiences back in 1987, and explains what was behind the character's decades-long disappearance that ended in the earlier series.

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The solicitation for the series reads, "New Year’s, 1950 -- the end of a tumultuous decade...and Lamont Cranston, the man the world and the underworld know all too well as the Shadow, has had enough. It's time for the Mysterious Nemesis of Crime to hang up his cloak, his slouch hat, and his twin .45s, and retire from public life. But despite this momentous decision, Margo Laine and the rest of the Shadow's Agents fear that mankind, teetering on the brink of nuclear Armageddon, may not be quite ready to be bereft of the Dark Avenger."

The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow #1 will be released in comic stores and digitally this May.