This collects the first six issues of Valiant's original SHADOWMAN. Jack Boniface is a jazz musician in New Orleans who gets bitten by a woman vampire during a one-night stand and finds himself with powers. The next day he finds a mask left on the street--and when he comes across an Aztec dressed maniac who has killed someone in an alley, puts on the mask and fights him. The guy gets away. He goes to the doctor--and the doctor says he's in great shape. She asks him why he shut off the light and he answers "I feel more comfortable in the dark". Next, he stops some muggers. His old African-American neighbor, Nettie, finds out about him and tells him the Loa has entered him and given him powers. Soon, the local news starts covering this new vigilante, who stops an ax-wielding serial killer and a guy who absorbs people's energy.
This is all okay--just didn't really grab me like the other valiant characters, like X-O or THE ETERNAL WARRIOR.