Posted by BIG TeTe on Friday, July 16, 2010 Under: ComIC reVieWs
If you haven't been reading Andy Diggle's (THE LOSERS) first six month on Daredevil what you've missed is Matt Murdock's decision to become the leader of The Hand in an attempt to use the evil organization as a resource to protect his beloved Hell's Kitchen. Little does Murdock know that a plan has been set in motion using him as an unwilling pawn of "Snakeroot," an ancient trio within The Hand that has predetermined his descent into darkness. Apparently at the end of Daredevil #507 their evil plan has come to fruition and they've corrupted Murdock at his core to set into motion "Shadowland."
Having said that, what would an epic Daredevil story be with out Bullseye? And as the book begins Bullseye escapes federal custody by telling his handlers that Sentry is returning (and will ultimately destroy them) and that only he knows how to stop him. He then pretends to be overcome by the Sentry's return and fakes a heart attack. Once they fall for the typical evil assassin ploy, Bullseye is swiftly on the loose and heads for... where else, Hell's Kitchen.
We then witness the Iconic three of the Avengers (Thor, "Captain America", and Iron Man) discussing their concern with Murdock's idea of using the overwhelmingly evil organization (The Hand) to keep crime out, thus keeping the people of Hell's Kitchen safe, while possibly compromising his own morality. Talking to Luke Cage and Iron Fist, they are trying to understand Murdock's motives and warn two of Daredevil's former friends that if he is to step over the line and lose control, that....in the word's of Captain America, would be "unwise." Using the adventurers concern is an interesting device from Diggle to attempt to bring Murdock into the forefront of Marvel continuity. It seems, at least to me, that Daredevil has just been sort of an after-thought, only concerning himself with Hell's Kitchen, as the massive events and crossover's in the Marvel Universe only mildly affect his book. Now though, with such a powerful resource under his thumb, even the Avenger's are concerned about his well being (and the potential downfall if he were to lose control).
The climax comes as Bullseye attempts to pick a fight with DD by mindlessly killing off his ninja minions. Unveiled, is a new Daredevil costume that is perhaps symbolic for his loss of control as well as his evolution into evil. Luke Cage and Iron Fist show up for an attempted assist against Bullseye, but since they are unwilling to pledge their service to The Hand, they are shrugged of by a cold and calculating Matt Murdock who wants to handle this all by himself. Of course, what we want and what we get is another one-on-one throw down between the protagonist and antagonist, but his unmerciful and vicious attacks on Bullseye are a device by Diggle to show that this is not the Daredevil we know and love.
Now listen, I know this entire review is really nothing but a spoiler, but... I'm not going to spoil the ending of this book. The conclusion can obviously be drawn as to what happens this time when Daredevil and Bullseye throw down, and since I'm making it a big deal it doesn't take the world's greatest detective to conclude the outcome, but I'm not going to just come out and say it. Go out and get Shadowland #1 for yourself because in this avid Daredevil fan's opinion, Diggle is just another first class writer that Marvel has assigned to one of their most consistently stellar titles.
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Tags: daredevil avengers "luke cage" "iron fist" shadowland
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