Sunday, April 18, 2010

Hype Machine - Covers of Shadowland


As revealed at the C2E2 comic convention, Shadowland is coming. This mini-event has been teased by Marvel for a few months now and we finally get some confirmation of what it entails. We know it centres around Daredevil, and his family of characters, but from there details have been like finding old jigsaw pieces in the slots between couch cushions and trying to work out the entire image. Now, however, we have a few more images that might clear up at least who else is involved.

Hit the jump to see just who will join DD in the Shadowland.


Shadowland will be a five issue mini-series written by Andy Diggle and drawn by Billy Tan. It will involve Daredevil relocating The Hand to Hell's Kitchen, and from the last few issues of his main title we know that construction has already begun on the monumental fortress that will be Shadowland.

The mini-event promises to include many street level characters, which should bring in a fair few readers. Billy Tan has produced a magnificent splash cover that details a wide array of characters who will join the cast in some way for the storyline.


Let's take a roll call of the different characters that we can see present and accounted for in this hectic battle snapshot; Daredevil (natch), Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Punisher, Moon Knight, Ghost Rider, Elektra, Misty Knight, Bullseye, and what looks to be either the White Tiger or Silver Sable (I really can't tell...).

That's one hell of a cast list. If you're not excited by the usual crop of Bendis-Vengers then surely you'll love this motley crew of hangers-on who slip in and out of holding their own ongoing series'. Wolverine and Spidey obviously bring a bit of the big time to Hell's Kitchen but everyone else has that waft of classic 70's exploitation and I think that's a great idea. Bring them all together, maybe consolidate their readership for a few issues, and then see if readers of one character like the other. This is much better, in my eyes, that the usual mega-crossover event we summarily get each summer. I don't generally care when all of the heavy hitters get together but when these psychotic misfits and flamin' skulls are all duking it out my ears prick right up.

Everyone here, except for the glorious Horned One, is pin-cushioned by arrows and blades, but what interests me is that Spider-Man is holding another Daredevil mask. Where did he get it from? Had Iron Fist been wearing it (he has a penchant for that sort of thing, you know)? Why is Bullseye even there? Did he think a greater assembly of heroes was a good time to show his mug in town again? And I'm glad Misty Knight doesn't actually have any weapon protruding from her, she is still pregnant I assume and unless you're Robert Kirkman you really shouldn't puncture a pregnant woman.

There is one massive thing that does need mentioning about this image and that is the lack of one character. He's a favourite of mine and I want to know what he's doing during this throw-down. Where is Carlos LaMuerto, the Black Tarantula? Answer me that and I'll be a happy man.

This is an effective tease for Shadowland because it makes you think, and Tan draws it so well that you could stare at it for hours and still enjoy it. Hell, it took me a few minutes to work out Ghost Rider was there too. I don't know specifics about story for Shadowland but I know I want in, and I hope this image gets a few others to join me too. From the way that Doomwar sold higher than Black Panther, I'm going to assume that Shadowland might bring in a few extra readers as well.

It should be also worth noting that several of these characters shown in the cover are also part of other teams in the Marvel Universe, such as Luke Cage who is going to be leading the Thunderbolts, Wolverine and Spider-Man as part of the Avengers, and Moon Knight is going to be in the Secret Avengers (led by Steve Rogers himself). All in all, Daredevil could be facing the better part of the Marvel Universe with Shadowland.

There is also a John Cassaday cover that shows just a few of these guys. It's relatively plain compared to Tan, but I surprisingly like his take on the Punisher.


Stay tuned here for more news as we shine some light on the Shadowland. Also tell us what you think of these teaser images and if you'll be picking up the series.


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19 comments:

mugiwara said...

I'm surprised to see Ghost Rider here. Isn't he some sort of immortal heavy hitter now? Or was his power toned down?

pDUB said...

ill probably be taking this up, as i like all the characters involved, though am the same level of surprised when i saw who else was in that splash page.
kinda excited actually

Steven said...

So, since The Punisher is a patchwork Frankenstein-like creature in continuity, will he be appearing as such in this, or have they spoiled the end of Franken-Castle with these?

Zdenko said...

Well, FRank's gonna be a Monster at least until the end of Payback storyline, which is #20 or something of his series, so, I'm thinking it's more of a artist's mistake...

Ryan K Lindsay said...

ASteven - man, I didn't even pick up on that Franken-Castle goof. I wonder what it means? I assume it's just an artist mishap, but I am pretty sure Castle will still be in the story and so I wonder if it will be the Franken-Castle or not?

Dickey said...

Well I saw yesterday that there will be a series of character one shots and mini tie-ins to go along with the main series and DD. Kinda disappointing that they can't keep the event streamlined, but it's business and the tie-ins will probably be skippable anyways.

The important thing here is, I believe we can all agree that it's time to campaign for an Iron Fist tie-in written by Brubaker and Fraction. Or even just Fraction. But hot damn it would be nice to see that team be able to reunite for this event and that character.

Matt Ampersand said...

I did notice the Punisher thing, but I am thinking it is an artist error. They are even renaming the title to "FrankenCastle", so I doubt they are going to just turn the Punisher back so soon.

@Dickey: BEST. IDEA. EVER.

stevo said...

Isn't the Punisher dead or has become frankincastle.

Radlum said...

Looks awesome; this is one of the few ocassions where I can't wait for this event to start. Daredevil is my favorite Marvel character and seeing the real consequences of his latest mental breakdown and leadership of the Hand sounds great.
Also, I'm with you regarding Black Tarantula, since he doesn't appear in the cover I'm starting to think that he may no live through the early stages of the event, which would be sad since he's kind of awesome (and one of the few Latin characters in the Marvel universe, along with White Tiger)

Anonymous said...

Punisher is in both of the teaser images though. Hard to believe both artists made a mistake.

Ryan K Lindsay said...

This Punisher thing has me worried. Shadowland is certainly after The List and that's when Castle got Frankened so it doesn't make sense, but I'll do the smart thing and wait it out and not complain...yet.

As for the one-shots, I'm pretty sure I heard that DD might be shipping bi-monthly and the one-shots will slot in the off-months, like the Cage Match one is about to. I could be mistakenly remembering this but I don't think I am. Diggle seems to be a little slower on DD and Antony Johnston is even sticking around for another arc just to help out.

Riding Ghost said...

Interested in this only for the Ghost Rider appearance..wondering which Rider will be there or if both..

Christine Hanefalk said...

@Ryan Where did you hear that DD would be shipping bi-monthly with Shadowland in between? I've gotten the opposite impression, especially since they said Shadowland would finish in November of this year meaning it would ship every month for five months.

Heck, I'm looking forward to a double dose of DD every month. As far as I know, only this current arc of DD has a weird publishing schedule.

Ryan K Lindsay said...

@Christine - no, Shadowland will be on time, but the regular DD title will be a little slower....can't remember where I read this one...damn, that's gonna annoy me "great journalism, Ryan..." lame.

Anonymous said...

DD and Shawdowland will both be shipping monthly starting in July. I think the reason DD has be bi-monthly lately is that they wanted Shawdowland to start in July and they needed DD to line up with it. Hopefully those few extra months gave Tan and Delatorre time to get a head since both are not the fastest artists. I'd hate to see delays with this.
Can't wait. I think one of the twists will be that while Matt had good intentions of taking over the Hand and destroying them from within, they knew it all along an at some point will "brainwash" him into a "bad guy".

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