Review: Shadowland and Daredevil: Shadowland

Daredevil: Shadowland

Daredevil: Shadowland

Spinning out of Dark Reign: The List, in which Bullseye actually blew up an entire occupied apartment building in Hell’s Kitchen, these two graphic novels collectively tell the story of Daredevil going insane, leading the Hand, and using them to set up a brutal ninja-justice form of martial law in the middle of New York.

… there are no words for how bad these works by Andy Diggle are. I’m grouping them together because apart they are unbearable. Not to say they’re readable together, but they’re especially unreadable apart.

They seem to exist on the premise that we just buy into Daredevil’s plunge off the deep end, and we just don’t. I’m sorry, it just doesn’t work. We’re forced into this premise but aren’t given the foundation so it all just falls down like a house of cards.

Neither book spends enough time on Daredevil himself. Daredevil’s universe has become too populace: Dakota North, Foggy Nelson, Elektra, Typhoid Mary, Black Tarantula, White Tiger, millions of nameless Hand, not to mention every street-level hero Marvel could think to name-drop. We don’t get enough time with Daredevil to see his plunge, it just keeps happening. It’s not a good surprise. It’s not: “whoa, I didn’t see that coming!” it’s: “um… wtf?”

There’s also a major issue in that this all feels very repetitive. Daredevil going to the dark side only to have Luke Cage and Spidey stage an intervention has been done just a few years before, by the amazing Brian Micheal Bendis.

I think this should be read so that repeating this mistake can be avoided. Stories where the main character takes a dark turn have happened with almost every character. There are good examples, a lot of mediocre examples, but this is one of those rare examples where literally everything that can go wrong, did. It’s kind of the perfect storm of fail.

Horrible entertainment.

ShadowlandShadowland by Andy Diggle

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“I think this should be read so that repeating this mistake can be avoided”

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Shadowland: DaredevilShadowland: Daredevil by Andy Diggle

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

“I think this should be read so that repeating this mistake can be avoided”

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