Hello, esteemed readership! Due to an insane work load this past week, I have neglected to comment on the crazy amount of Shadowland news coming out. Shadowland has gone from being the small event that I think most of us expected to having a number of tie-ins and mini-series. I will not cover them all here in any detail (I refer you instead to Kuljit Mithra’s excellent Shadowland page at the Man Without Fear website), but I thought I’d just offer some of my own impressions on what we’ll be seeing.
As you all probably know by now, the main events kick off in July with the main Shadowland series, as well as the tie-in Daredevil arc starting with Daredevil #508, but August sees a veritable explosion of Shadowland titles. Here’s the list as it stands now:
Shadowland: Bullseye #1 (one-shot)
Shadowland: Blood on the Streets #1 (four-issue mini, mentioned previously)
Shadowland: Power Man #1 (four-issue mini)
Shadowland: The Daughters of the Shadow #1 (three-issue mini)
Shadowland: Moon Knight #1 (three-issue mini)
In September, we’ll also be seeing a Shadowland: Elektra one-shot which I’m really looking forward to. On writing duties for that issue is Zeb Wells who wrote the highly enjoyable five-issue mini-series Dark Reign: Elektra last year. I liked his take on the character, and am looking forward to seeing him handling Elektra for this issue. I’m actually pretty curious about Elektra’s role in Shadowland generally because of her obvious ties to both The Hand and Matt Murdock. Her appearance in Daredevil #506 was certainly haunting enough.
September also sees the first of the two issues of Thunderbolts to tie into Shadowland. I already have this title on my pull list and have really enjoyed Jeff Parker’s work on the title. With Luke Cage as the new guy in charge, this makes perfect sense. So, really looking forward to Thunderbolts #148-149 as well.
October brings two additional one-shots in the form of Shadowland: Spider-Man and Shadowland: Ghost Rider. While I’m obviously going to pick up everything that carries the Shadowland label, I’m only mildly interested in actually reading Ghost Rider. I could never quite get over the inherent nuttiness of the flaming skull thing… 😉
However, let’s get back to what we have coming out in August. There are quite a few interesting concepts being explored here. We see the launch of a brand new hero taking up the mantle of Power Man in Shadowland: Power Man, the unlikely team-up of an eclectic mix of B and C-listers in Shadowland: Blood on the Streets and a look at the women of The Hand in the Colleen Wing-centric Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow.
Because these titles seem to explore new areas and combinations of characters, they strike me as being unusually accessible. When you play with some of the less well known characters of the Marvel Universe you have to make the stories stand alone in more obvious ways compared to stories featuring well-known characters with richer and more famous histories. We probably won’t see Daredevil in all of these titles, but I’m interested in picking them up on their own merit.
What are your thoughts on these tie-ins? Will you be picking up all of them or just a few and which are you most curious about? Let us know in the comments section!