|The Spirit, in flashback origin story. From Will Eisner's |
the Spirit #1 (2015); art by Dan Schkade.
While the Spirit remains missing throughout the setup, there are several flashbacks, one being a retelling of his origin by Commissioner Dolan. His daughter, Ellen Dolan has since become a councilwoman.
The Spirit's trusty aides, Ebony White and Sammy have since teamed up to form their own private investigation service, Strunk and White. (Sammy did not originally appear until 1949.) When trouble calls, the two hop into Ebony's trademark cab and rush to help.
|Left: Ellen with Archie and her father, Commissioner Dolan. Right: Sammy and Ebony.|
Schkade's art is great, in line with the ... spirit ... of the original series, and is playful in a way that most super-hero comics no longer allow. Matt Wagner has loads of experience with this genre, having recently penned The Shadow: Year One, an excellent, gritty rendering of the classic pre-comics pulp character. As in The Shadow, Wagner searches for and retains the essentials and knows when to begin his departure.
The only mild disappointment is that the Spirit himself is but a ghost in the tale. Maybe that's a poetic start. It's also refreshing to see his supporting cast in their "what if?" moments, and to be left hanging a bit until next time.