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Having grown tired of dangerous cases that lead to violence, private detective John Shaft decides it's time to earn some easy money. His first job? Working as a consultant on a film about a black private dick. Award-winning author David F. Walker (Cyborg, Power Man & Iron Fist) proudly delivers the second chapter, entitled “Easy Money”, of the hard-hittin’, tough-talkin’ John Shaft’s latest case!
Walker (Shaft: A Complicated Man) returns to his favored brand of blaxploitation with a new artistic team, including Smith (Revolutionary War: Dark Angel) and colorist Alex Guimaraes (Vampirella: The Red Room). But they make a puzzling choice: Walker's last Shaft tale was illustrated with brutality and heavy detail by Bilquis Evely and Daniela Miwa, but the new team creates a surprisingly soft, rounded-off vision. The contrast between the book's aesthetic and Walker's script couldn't be more apparent, as Shaft follows up a violent rescue mission by searching for a missing gay teenager and (slowly, quietly) confronting his own homophobia. The book is more consistent when focusing on its second plot line, which finds Shaft caught up in a cartoonish moviemaking scheme that inevitably goes south. Walker weaves the two threads together well, and manages to eat his cake and have it too both Ernest Tidyman's original Shaft and Walker's exist in the same universe, simultaneously poking fun at and honoring the character's legacy.