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Shadowland (Marvel Universe Events #51)

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The battle for the soul of a hero! Pushed beyond his limits, Daredevil faces off for a final time against his deadliestfoe - Bullseye - in their most brutal battle ever with more than just Hell's Kitchen is at stake. Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Punisher and more join forces to stop a war that is breaking out throughout New York, with Daredevil at the center. This eve ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published February 23rd 2011 by Marvel Comics (first published 2011)
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Anne
Dec 06, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I'm not enough of a Daredevil fangirl to say whether or not this sucked, so I'll just say I was underwhelmed.
I'd heard that this was a BIG EVENT for Murdock, and I can see why, but I'm not sold on the concept.
Demon Possession?
I've never thought of Daredevil as a particularly supernatural character. Religious...maybe. But not necessarily part of the Marvel universe that dealt with the occult much.
Yeah, yeah...The Hand ninjas serve that Beast dude...but still.
Again, I'm not familiar enoug
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Martin
Oct 20, 2012 Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
First off I should point out that, like most crossover events, reading only the central mini-series is often not enough to fully enjoy said crossover event. From one chapter to the next, you might feel as if you've missed an important development in the story, one that's happened in a companion mini-series or tie-in. Such is the case with "Shadowland". Sure, the more tie-ins you read, the better, but the absolute minimum you should read along with this book is the Shadowland: Daredevil collectio ...more
logankstewart
Jul 02, 2012 logankstewart rated it did not like it
[Note: This review is identical to my review of Shadowland: Daredevil , as the two are intertwined through a cross-over event.]

To be fair, I was warned. The truly wonderful Volume 2 of Daredevil, spanning from Issue #1 to Issue #512 (which is 132), began in 1998 with a reboot. It lasted for 12 years, and in the majority of those years the story of Matt Murdock was fantastic. Sure, Murdock had a downer life, constantly assaulted and beaten. It was horrible. Tough. But still Matt Murdock pressed
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Relstuart
Jan 25, 2016 Relstuart rated it it was ok
Shelves: marvel-comics
This is actually a review of the whole Diggle Daredevil run. The publishing of the Shadowland was very poorly done with important parts of the stories split into different collected editions. So just reading the Shadowland event would be unsatisfying as would just reading the Daredevil issues/collection.

Reading the whole thing together (as I did) it's not as bad as everyone says. But it wasn't on the same level as the Bendis or Brubaker material that proceeded Diggle's run either. I've been wan
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Andrew
May 15, 2014 Andrew rated it did not like it
Did anyone actually enjoy this?

This is the text-book definition of why cross-overs are a bad idea. There only reason this existed was to generate more revenue - by forcing fans to purchase more comics than just the Daredevil monthly, and - hopefully - introduce them to other characters.

It was a major shame to see the previous, quality runs go to waste.
Alan
Nov 26, 2012 Alan rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Let me get straight to the point; ‘Shadowland’ is a mess in every conceivable way. As if the story wasn’t bad enough (and “bad” it is), the geniuses at Marvel’s trade paperback/collections department have made this almost unreadable by completely botching the collection. ‘Shadowland’, for those who don’t know, was one of those crossover “events” that the big two American comic use to rinse our wallets at least once a year. Although ‘Shadowland’ features numerous inconsequential spin-offs, one ti ...more
Kurt
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it it was amazing
I love this story, even with its imperfections. For a while, Andy Diggle has been building a status quo in which Daredevil has taken leadership of the Hand with the intention of using an evil organization for a good purpose. In the context of the Marvel Universe, everything has had an internal logic and consistency. As things have gotten darker, with the group building a huge Japanese-style fortress in Hell's Kitchen, and ninjas enforcing martial law on the streets, some of Marvel's street-level ...more
Salman Mehedy Titas
"Matt Murdock Dared Evil and lost"

For years Daredevil had been a stood strongly against the cult of ninjas called The Hand. So it was very surprising when they approached him, during the Dark Reign, to lead them. Initially refusing, he was forced to take the mantle when The Hand decided to go to Wilson Fisk instead, and when Bullseye blew up an entire block in Hell's Kitchen. Determined to use change their ways and use them for justice, Daredevil decided to become the new leader.

What he failed t
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Mike
Mar 05, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
not entirely bad, not very satisfying. Seems a limited-run series forced things to culminate too fast a before we got a chance to see it sink in. While the action was good, the very limited insights into Murdock's descent were frustrating to say the least.

The appearances by high-profile superheroes - out of nowhere, no context or reason why they'd know of or be associated with this storyline - feel like the kind of stunt casting A-list Hollywood guest appearances on flagging TV shows during swee
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Eric Mikols
Apr 25, 2012 Eric Mikols rated it it was ok
Shelves: daredevil
I don't know what happened. Two volumes ago, Daredevil is a grade A book with great stories and a complicated character. Come Shadowland, it's a crossover with a bunch of street heroes who have little to do with Matt Murdock, and a character possessed by a demon.
I'm not against these kind of stories, but this one hurts Daredevil as a character. Some of the cameos, like Luke Cage and Iron Fist, make sense while others, like the Punisher and Ghost Rider, are wasted. The end, with Matt dealing with
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Brendan Howard
Feb 12, 2012 Brendan Howard rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Daredevil completists, Andy Diggle fans
Shelves: comic-books
Occasionally ugly and amateurish art matches up with a tedious, by-the-numbers take on superhero-goes-bad.

Couldn't finish it.

Suckitude.
Vish
Mar 02, 2017 Vish rated it liked it
I like the parts where Punisher makes an entry.

The Daredevil (all black) didn't exactly prove to be a worthy adversary to the protagonist superheroes. Although, his battle with the Ghost rider was short and shocking. Read it if you like Daredevil and want to see a melee of superheroes team up to fight him.

5 stars for the artwork, 3 stars for the plot.

T.I.M. James
Aug 19, 2014 T.I.M. James rated it it was ok
One of the issues about reading ongoing comic books is that not only is a particular writing style subjective, but there are going to be highs and lows as creative teams come and go.

Daredevil is a character that can be one of the best in the industry, or can get lost.

Unfortunately this is the latter.

DD had his glory years under Frank Miller, and then Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr had an original and different run that was fun to read.

It was followed by a run of diminishing returns, each writer
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Timothy Watson
Sep 07, 2012 Timothy Watson rated it it was ok
Many may believe Daredevil to be one of Marvel's B level heroes as he is a more street hero. He was never an Avenger and never had interactions with the "big" heroes of the Marvel U. Daredevil was always seen with say the Punisher or Spidey or Wolverine. His best "super" friends were Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Misty Knight, Colleen Wing and Jessica Jones. On rare occasions he would go to Dr Strange or Reed Richards for help. This insular approach to Daredevil is both a great idea and a bad idea. Bad ...more
Dmitry Yakovenko
Jul 22, 2012 Dmitry Yakovenko rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
"Царство Тени" показывает, насколько низко может пасть некогда великий герой. Дэрдевил вернулся из Японии в Нью-Йорк, где воздвиг настоящую крепость – Царство тени, в котором он жёстко управляет организацией Рука, против которой сражался долгие годы. Став лидером этого древнего клана Мэтт изменился. Он стал жестоким, грубым, не боится переходить черту и именно это решили изменить такие герои как Человек-паук, Люк Кейдж, Призрачный гонщик, Каратель и другие.

Пожалуй, неприятно было следить за тем,
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Eric Nicholas
Aug 25, 2015 Eric Nicholas rated it it was ok
This review is for both Shadowlands and Daredevil Shadowlands

After reading the Devils Hand, I thought that this would turn out to be a decent little event. Sadly it was not.

I picked up this and Shadowlands together, and decided to read this one (Daredevil - Shadowlands). first. After the first 2 pages I stopped reading and started with Shadowlands. I heard the best way to read it is shadowlands 1, daredevil shadowlands 1, shadowlands 2, daredevil shadowlands 2, etc. but screw that, the artworks
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Drian Nash
Jun 26, 2012 Drian Nash rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Intresting and I think its good to see a hero who has in the past been such a source for good and incorrupterble, become corrupted. That was a pretty big move. However it seems they go back on it slighty by adding that element that it wasn't really him and that he was possesed, which is a such cliche in this situation. (I undertanad that if they hadn't have done this it probably would have destroyed Daredevil as a character) One particular thing that happens early on the series which is such a b ...more
Christopher Mclean
Jul 19, 2015 Christopher Mclean rated it it was ok
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Matthew
Apr 19, 2013 Matthew rated it really liked it
Well, I became aware that this book existed after finding myself baffled by the sloppy Shadowland: Daredevil which turned out to be part of a crossover event along with this book, also by Andy Diggle.

First off, I want to say, whether it's single issue monthly comics or collected trade paperbacks, running a story between two titles is a bull$#!+ way to do things, and it's bull$#!+ to expect the reader to jump back and forth between issues of separate titles (or chapters of collected editions) in
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Michael
This is not the best Daredevil story I've ever read, but it was okay. This book ends the dark reign of Daredevil while working with the Hand. You need to read a few volumes of Daredevil to understand what's doing on in this series. The best place to start is back with Bendis run and work through Burbank to Diggle.

If you wanted to see Daredevil as a bad guy this is the comic. One thing the story does have going for it, is the beautiful art work. Billy Tan can draw great characters. Another thing
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Richard Harrison
Feb 10, 2017 Richard Harrison rated it liked it
Read most of this back when it was originally being published but never finished it. Seemed to go a lot quicker without the many tie-ins and associated miniseries. Good story but lacking in substance
Joe
Apr 14, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it
I picked this up because I had read the later half of ShadowLand and wanted to get the full picture.I dug it.I think I like it because this really shows Daredevil at his lowest.By that i don't mean loss either I mean giving into darkness.This is basically Murdocks version of Spidey's black suit days.I think I preferred the later half a bit more but I still really like this Daredevil story mostly because it's in this book that Murdock truly needs the help from the only people who can help save hi ...more
Mark Phillips
Feb 22, 2015 Mark Phillips rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I haven't read the other issues that relate so I come in blind to the story which covers Shadowland #1-5.

We start the story where Daredevil has already taken over the leadership of The Hand and he is already defending a path from which there may be no return. This central story I found gripping up to and including the denouement.

What I found distracting was the other players who kept appearing and distracting my focus on the central tale. The Avengers turn up along with Spider man, The Ghost Rid
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Sabrina Klein
Sep 10, 2016 Sabrina Klein rated it did not like it
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Sarah
Mar 05, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
It was.... okay. I mean, I love a "he who fights monsters" arc as much as the next girl, but after I finished it, it was clear that I had missed a separate volume in which I would have actually gotten to learn what the hell happened with Foggy and Dakota, which was a plotline I genuinely cared about. Which is on me, but still.

And honestly, most of the whole "Matt takes over the Hand to use it as a force for good" plot left me muttering, "Okay, but you literally tried this with the whole 'I'm the
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Nathan
Aug 05, 2011 Nathan rated it liked it
Shadowland is an interesting story arc, it features epic battles within the New York borough of Hell's Kitchen. The story moves rather slowly however it picks up in the latter half. The New York superheroes that are brought in to deal with the mayhem make sense and are not out of place, it's nice to see these specific characters dealing with the problem as opposed to outside heroes. As stated previously, the battles are epic and are thoroughly entertaining. The conclusion is satisfying but the s ...more
Jon Arnold
It’s not a particularly original idea to see how a hero can be corrupted in trying to achieve his aims; how compromised he can end up but it’s a powerful one in the hands of a skilled writer. Unfortunately the tedious literalism of Daredevil becoming a devil tells you that Diggle’s not the man to bring out that power. This reads like an interesting central storyline robbed of its power by being blown up as a crossover event story, so perhaps it’s the current comics business model at fault rather ...more
arjuna
Aug 08, 2013 arjuna rated it liked it
I'm going to have to agree with Mike Lonergan this time round - the underlying Daredevil storyline is fascinating (and well worth reading on its merits) but this little set-piece run manages to tie it up without anything approaching reader satisfaction; it seemed far more about selling tie-ins than telling a story, and requires the reader to hop around between collections (or single issues of multiple Marvel lines, as they prefer) in order to truly follow the story. Pointless guest appearances a ...more
Johnny Andrews
Nov 15, 2014 Johnny Andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matt Murdoch has always been a lone wolf, beaten and pushed to the brink of insanity and this is no exception. it's dark, it's edgy it's brutal.
Shadowland is a temple/fortress built on top of a destroyed building where Bullseye had killed over 100 people, Daredevil's place to reside has he takes charge of the lethal assassin group, The Hand, previously his sworn enemy, however he believes he can take them down a different path, a path of good, unknown to Matt, he is just a puppet with his string
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Ian Williamson
Jan 30, 2015 Ian Williamson rated it really liked it
I've always found daredevil a difficult character to write for, stories are either poor or epic. Here Diggle has continued where Brubaker left off and built upon those foundations. It's an interesting premise and thoroughly enjoyable. However it does seem quite anticlimactic over 5 issues, it does feel as though it could have been expanded to really develop the idea of Daredevil been corrupted by an evil influence. The artwork works really well and captures a lot of action. Overall a good read, ...more
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Andy Diggle is a British comic book writer and former editor of 2000 AD. He is best known for his work on The Losers,Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, Adam Strange and Silent Dragon at DC Comics and for his run on Thunderbolts and Daredevil after his move to Marvel.

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