August 6, 2021
Writer Cavan Scott is known in comics circles for his fandom-friendly work on licensed titles, including Doctor Who, Pacific Rim, Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace, and the Star Wars: High Republic series. However, Shadow Service, his first creator-owned project, is where he’s thoroughly enjoying himself. Part James Bond, part Doctor Who, the London-based Section 26 (aka MI666) is a paranormal defense team tasked with protecting England from threats of the demonic variety. Scott’s penchant for snarky dialogue paired with the gorgeous artwork and colors by Corin Howell and Triona Farrell respectively make for a gory, fun ride.
The story follows Gina Meyers, a witch and amateur detective who uses her powers to solve client’s cases (think Jessica Jones in London with less liver damage). Her sometime sidekick, a talking rat named Eddie, provides backup and has a surprisingly accurate network of information for a rodent. Her world changes overnight when she is recruited (read: kidnapped) by section 26. Her new “co-workers” include spymaster Hex, an ancient blood magic mage in a child’s body, Coyle, a ghoul with the worst luck ever, and Sidhu, an immortal soldier with a heart of stone — literally.
Their mission? Help bring down the criminal underworld’s most-wanted and locate a “weapon of mass damnation.”