SHAFT #3 (4 February 2015, Dynamite Entertainment) ∗∗∗∗∗
Shaft Created by Ernest Tidyman
Written and Lettered by David F. Walker
Illustrated by Bilquis Evely
Coloured by Daniela Miwa
Cover A by Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz and Ivan Nunes
Shaft has been arrested under suspicion of the murder of his girlfriend, Arletha Havens and one of Sal Venneri’s men. Shaft’s boss, Butch Buchinsky, persuades Lt Vic Anderozzi to let Shaft back on the streets to track down the real killers and Arletha’s former flatmate, Marisol Dupree, is the key.
This issue sees the series continue to meet the excellent standard set by the first two. There is some intriguing use of the construction of the World Trade Center as a setting and the plot thickens as Shaft goes head to head with the syndicate looking to track down Marisol. We’re at the half-way point in the series and it will be interesting to see where Walker leads us having set up the characters and Shaft’s motives for getting involved.
Part 3 of Walker’s novel Shaft’s Revenge is available as a QR download and Walker also supplies another eclectic playlist including Telly Savalas’ “Who Loves Ya Baby.”