I know, I’ve been crappy at keeping my “one review per day to catch up” promise. I’m blaming it on a combination of lack of motivation and being totally spent after a long period of crazy hours and lots of stress at work.

Reviews patiently waiting for my attention

The Shadowland tie-ins I have yet to review are Daughters of the Shadow #2, Power Man #2, Moon Knight #2, Ghost Rider #1 and Thunderbolts #148. I’m going to cheat big time and do one mega-post covering them all tomorrow. I don’t have enough to say about each issue for them to warrant a separate post anyway (not that there aren’t gems among them; I was particularly pleasantly surprised by Shadowland: Ghost Rider), and this way I’ll be sure to catch up by the time the cycle starts again with this week’s Shadowland: Spider-Man #1.

Another milestone is here!

However, before getting to that, I wanted to let you know that The Other Murdock Papers has hit yet another milestone. This is post #400 – of an ongoing run with the original numbering intact, mind you – and that’s not too shabby if I may say so myself. I have no doubt I’ll get to #500 and beyond. Hopefully, the character this blog devoted to will still be alive somewhere in some regular title by the time I get there. πŸ˜‰

This site got off to a modest start in December of 2007, with the first three posts, but was launched “for real” in March of 2008. Back then, it was hosted on Blogger and had the unwieldy URL http://theothermurdockpapers.blogspot.com. Yes, it was a mouthful. I soon realized that I was getting serious about blogging regularly and wanted to work on building a brand so I switched to the current domain name after just a few months and later moved the site over to self-hosted WordPress.

In the last two and a half years, this site has gone from very humble beginnings to where it is today and I want to thank all of you guys for reading and commenting and being all around very supportive. Between trying to build a career, finding time to spend with my IRL friends (yes, I do have them) and doing my best to please a demanding eighteen-year-old feline diva, it’s sometimes hard to find the time and energy to sit down and write what I hope are entertaining and meaningful posts. Blogging every day, or even every other day, is impossible, but thanks to all of you out there, I’ve been able to stick to my goal of writing an average of 8-12 posts per month.

The Other Murdock Papers will never be CBR or Newsarama, or even the very excellent The Weekly Crisis (hey, there’s another area where I’ve been neglecting my duties lately), but with almost 10,000 page views per month, this little corner of the Internet is doing pretty well for a “niche within a niche” blog. It feels like we have a little community going on here and I know that I’m not the only one who’s tickled pink to see current Daredevil co-writer Antony Johnston stop by and comment from time to time. I think I speak for all comic book fans when I say that it’s such a treat to see creators reaching out to fans. Antony, if you’re reading this, thank you!

The hard part about just being a measly fan is that you’re always starved for information. None of us know what the future holds for Daredevil and there are many questions that I know we’re all asking right now. Will Matt Murdock survive Shadowland? If so, in what state? If not, what will bring about his definite return to the pages of his own book? How long will that take? Will there be another Daredevil monthly? My guess is that we’ll be getting some hints about where things might be going later in the week among the news coming out of the New York Comic Con.

From the archives

I’m sure I’ll have reason to return to the NYCC when it gets under way this weekend. In the meantime, and in the interest of having a brief look back at the past, here’s a list of some of my own favorite posts, in no particular order:

  1. Seeing things #2” (from the series of posts devoted to Daredevil magically – and mistakenly – getting his sight back). None of Matt’s known powers can account for his spotting a portrait of Deathstalker’s mother on the wall…

  2. Oh Karen! #3, guest-starring Mike Murdock.” In this series of posts devoted to the life and times of Karen Page, the turn has come for her to meet Matt’s twin brother Mike.

  3. Death by gym equipment” and “Now that’s an embarrassing way to go” in which we see Daredevil very nearly meet his demise in ways that no superhero would be proud to admit.

  4. In the actually useful department, we have “Conflicting continuities – A look at Daredevil canon” where I answer all of the most common questions pertaining to Daredevil canon.

  5. All regular readers will know about my interest in what is commonly referred to as superhero science. My favorite post on the subject is “Daredevil and echolocation” (where I argue that the radar sense could be – and in my mind, should be – passive echolocation). Another technology-related post that I thought turned out pretty well is “Assistive technology in Daredevil” where I take a look at the few successful cases of assistive technology for the blind being featured in Daredevil.

Well, that’s it for today! Thank you all for reading and I will see you all tomorrow. Yes, it’s a promise this time. πŸ˜‰

Christine Hanefalk

Christine Hanefalk

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Christine is a die-hard Daredevil fan who launched The Other Murdock Papers in 2007 to share her passion for Matt Murdock and his friends with other fans.

7 comments

  1. Congrats, madam. Your blog is certainly a treat for all of us Daredevil fans, nay, I say more, a treat to anyone who enjoys good writing about comics. Hat’s off to you, will be following to 500 and beyond.

  2. Congrats on making it this far! You run a fabulous, useful, entertaining blog.

  3. Congrats indeed! I love this blog! There are so many great and insightful posts. I really feel like you have helped understand Matt Murdock in a much deeper way. Please keep it up!

  4. Wow. 400 sounds like a lot. I mean A LOT a lot. That’s crazy! Congratulations on another milestone!

    And don’t forget that you can also count Jay Henderson of DAUGHERS OF THE SHADOW fame among your readers too. That doubles your official-writer readership! To 2! (And, undoubtedly, growing.) And that’s only the “official” ones. No doubt Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Ann Nocenti, Dan Chichester, Brian Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Andy Diggle, and others are reading right now, but just too nervous to express their thoughts in a public forum.

  5. Christine, Thanks so much for the hard work and well thought out writing. It is always a treat to find a new post or review. It’s also gratifying to have found a community that shares the same obsession with the man without fear that I have.

  6. Thanks for your kind words, guys! It really means a lot to me. πŸ™‚

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