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Shadowland #4

A comic review article by: Michael Deeley
Elektra leads the heroes into Shadowland for a final attempt to kill Murdock before he can resurrect Bullseye. But it's too late to save him from the Beast. Meanwhile, Wilson Fisk looks at the chaos he created and smiles.

The drawback to a constant stream of comics news from the internet is having stories spoiled. Marvel has already announced that Black Panther will be replacing Daredevil as protector of Hell's Kitchen, while the series goes on hiatus. It's been implied that Murdock will "die.” (Gotta use those quotes for comics.) So we've known for some time that this won't end well for ol' Hornhead.

None of this spoils the story so far. Matt's former friends attack him one last time to either save him from demonic possession, or destroy the demon that's already taken him. It's really quite tragic. Daredevil has always walked the line between selfless nobility and selfish desires. Lately, he's put himself first and his friends at risk. That's given the Beast the opportunity to take control of Murdock body and soul. Matt Murdock has turned to evil believing he was doing good.

There's another great panel of Wilson Fisk that captures his cruelty, his greed, and his sheer evil. Where others see violence, he sees opportunity. Had he taken leadership of the Hand when they offered, the Beast would have found a willing host. And one more cunning and dangerous than Murdock.

The art in this issue is very muscular, but not in a Leifeld way. I'm more aware of the characters' bodies and how they move than I am in other comics. It's clear Tan studied human anatomy and tried to replicate it. There's a great sense of realism and weight that gives the violence more impact. It all feels more real.

I'm sorry to say the cover by John Cassaday and Laura Martin is boring. It's supposed to convey the horror of Bullseye's resurrection. Instead, it just looks flat and boring. A rare disappointment from Cassaday.

Once again, I strongly recommend buying this mini-series. You don't need any of the tie-in issues, except for Daredevil of course. It's an ignoble, yet logical end to one of comicdom's most complex characters.

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