Face with the truth of his parentage, Shadow descents further into the underworld to seek answers for his existence. Traveling in the strange realm, he is greeted by a few of the old gods. They guide him to a chamber where he must be judged for all his deeds. His fate hangs on his sins and virtues that will determine his next step. Meanwhile, deities and gods come together at Rock City for battle. The winds of war arise and brew a troubling storm in the quiet area of Rock City.
Issue four reveals the shocking truth behind Shadow’s origins and how he was selected to be part of the old gods. The lies, betrayals and heartbreaking moments weight heavy on Shadow. His time with traveling across America had him question many things he used to believe, but with the revelations before him, he is more confused than before.
The aura of mystery surrounding Shadow has been lifted, but his future is clouded. Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell have carefully built to this moment. All the clues and foreshadows have placed Shadow to face the truth, and it may be too much to handle. The artwork by Scott Hampton and P. Craig Russell show the trippy vision of the afterlife that uses a mixture of Greek, Egyptian, and Nordic inspirations. The dark caverns of the underworld offer grim colors and baren surrounds. The visuals have simplistic designs, but easily capture the attention of the readers.