Shadow Plays a Tense Game of Checkers in this Exclusive American Gods: Shadows #4 Preview

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Shadow Plays a Tense Game of Checkers in this Exclusive <i>American Gods: Shadows #4</i> Preview

Political pundits may endlessly debate if the current administration is playing a complex game of chess or stumbling across a checkers board, but Shadow Moon, the protagonist of Neil Gaiman’s seminal American Gods 2001 novel, can vouch that the latter is intimidating enough, when played against an aging Slavic deity with a penchant for sledgehammers. American Gods: Shadows, the first part of Dark Horse Comics’ sequential-art adaptation of Gaiman’s saga, embraces a more deliberate pace than the Brian Fuller-directed TV adaptation, and writer/layout artist P. Craig Russell, a longtime friend and collaborator of Gaiman’s, hews close to the source material. In this preview of issue #4, out June 11th, interior artist Scott Hampton folds in a sense of lingering horror to the mundanity of Shadow’s time with Czernobog—foreshadowing readers of the novel will understand well. Check out the full preview and Dark Horse’s solicitation text below.

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American Gods: Shadows #4 Cover Art by Glenn Fabry

American Gods: Shadows #4

(W) Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell (A) Colleen Doran, Scott Hampton, P. Craig Russell (CA) Glenn Fabry

During an overnight stay at their home, Shadow awakens to a visit from the third of the Zorya sisters: Zorya Polunochnaya. The Midnight Sister’s advice is ethereal and strange, yet vital… and Shadow can’t seem to separate reality from the dream world. The Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award-winning novel and upcoming Starz television series by Neil Gaiman adapted as a comic series for the first time!

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American Gods: Shadows #4 Interior Art by Scott Hampton and P. Craig Russell

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American Gods: Shadows #4 Interior Art by Scott Hampton and P. Craig Russell

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American Gods: Shadows #4 Interior Art by Scott Hampton and P. Craig Russell

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American Gods: Shadows #4 Interior Art by Scott Hampton and P. Craig Russell

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American Gods: Shadows #4 Interior Art by Scott Hampton and P. Craig Russell

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American Gods: Shadows #4 Interior Art by Scott Hampton and P. Craig Russell

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