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Script: Andy Diggle, Art: Billy Tan
When Daredevil decided to join the ancient ninja-assassin organization known as the Hand people were too busy to care. When he built a Japanese castle in Hell’s Kitchen they were too busy protesting the Ground Zero mosque to notice. But when he killed famed murderer and psychopath Bullseye? That’s when people decided he had gone too far. Now some of New York’s least recognizable heroes, joined by Spider-Man, are seeking to stop further violence… which brings us to the all out brawl the issue opens with.
Yes, though the peace talks aren’t going so well for our heroes, things are going swimmingly for the readers. At long last the drudgery of watching the characters wring their hands and ask “What’s to be done with this Daredevil?” has passed. People are finally duking it out and, in the process, learning a little something about each other as well. For example, after Daredevil’s stunning techniques, Iron Fist doubts they’re dealing with the real Daredevil considering the ease with which he defeated him and kung-fu master, Shang-Chi.
This is exactly the sort of thing they needed to do with Daredevil sooner, and in fact, still need to expand upon. If Daredevil is going to be the threat of this story he needs to be more formidable than he’s ever been, more unpredictable. Killing Bullseye wasn’t enough to do it. Now that we’re seeing his brand-new skill level, another layer of mystery is added to Daredevil and to “Shadowland”.
A strange aspect to “Shadowland” that keeps appearing is the tendency for heroes to randomly appear in this heavily guarded fortress. Moon Knight got himself captured, Luke Cage and friends got in pretending they wanted to join up. But then Spider-Man casually climbed through an open window. Ghost Rider just appeared. Now, in this issue, a perfectly good fight is interrupted by an explosion caused by none other than the Punisher. “Kung-fu this!” he exclaims, using a bad quip to prevent people from demanding an explanation as to how he got in. The heroes take it as a chance to escape, but can’t they just magically exit the way everyone else just magically enters?
The issue ends with Daredevil revealing his plan of attack against those who oppose him is to resurrect Bullseye. At first the suggestion seems cheap, killing a classic character, giving him a funeral one-shot and then resurrecting him only two months later. However as long the resurrection does allow some new quality to be brought to the character, whether it’s a character or power related difference, this seemingly “cheap move” might be one of the coolest things to happen in “Shadowland”.