Shadoweyes is a blend of superhero drama and teen angst in a way no other comic series has. Imagine an idealistic young female vigilante who suddenly has been gifted the physical prowess to clean up the crime-polluted city she's so longed to save. Now imagine trying to do that while juggling a concerned mother, touchy friends, teenage romance, and a criminal landscape that turns out to be bleaker, grittier, and less prone to spandex than your average cape book. This is Scout Montanta's situation and it's never easy. It's never pretty.There's a running theme of going against gender expectations and conventional sexuality, making the story feel much more fresh and unique than any superhero title in recent memory.Shadoweyes is by Ross Campbell, of Wet Moon fame. So far there have been two graphic novels released, with a third announced.
Shadoweyes contains the following tropes:
After the End: Implied. Dranac, the city that forms the setting, is situated in the middle of a wasteland that looks like a bombed-out former city.
Art Shift: Keeps a lot of signature Campbell elements (big eyes, thick lips, punky hairdos), but uses chunky, angular lines and hard-edged shading rather than the delicate lines and ink washes seen in Wet Moon and Water Baby. The lines become much smoother in Volume 2 but retain the hard-edge shading.
Eye Scream: The unnamed antagonist is missing an eye. This isn’t entirely clear (due to Peek-a-Bangs) until the very last page, when we see her full face. The fact that the empty socket is mostly covered in scar tissue does not help.
Genki Girl: Sparkle. May possibly actually have some form of ADHD.
Meaningful Background Event: Sharp-eyed readers will note Shadoweyes' legs slowly being drawn bigger and bigger as time passes in the first volume. This is remarked on more than once in volume two, and confirmed by Word of God to have plot significance.
Shout-Out: To Wet Moon. Before she starts transforming, Scout’s Shadoweyes costume bears more than a passing resemblance to Unknown’s. There are also some possible superhero allusions: specifically, some of Shadoweyes’ poses are very reminiscent of Spider-Man.