Shadowland #2: Writer: Andy Diggle. Pencils: Billy Tan.
Review: This issue gets underway with Moon Knight allowing himself to be “arrested” by Daredevil's Hand ninjas in order to see where the prisoners of the Hand were being held. Luke Cage and Iron Fist discuss DD's murder of Bullseye, and get a visit from legitimate business man(HA!!!), the Kingpin. Kingpin tells Cage and IF that he(like any innocent civilian)is concerned about DD's recent actions, and feels that somebody is going to have to take DD down, before he decides to spread from Hell's Kitchen. Black Tarantula goes to talk to DD about his murder of Bullseye, but DD doesn't feel the need to discuss his actions, and tells Tarantula as much. DD then sends Tarantula to put the word out that DD will tolerate NO interference from costumed heroes, and that if the heroes aren't with him, then he'll consider them against him. Back in Kingpin's building, using an ancient scroll that was procured by Lady Bullseye, Kingpin summons an old mystical foe of the Hand, who just happens to be Ghost Rider(!!!), and informs GR of what the Hand and DD had been up to. Back in Hell's Kitchen, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Colleen Wing, Shang-Chi and Misty Knight arrive and ask for an audience with DD, which DD's lieutenant, White Tiger reluctantly grants them. The 5 heroes soon meet with DD, and are eventually joined by Spider-Man. The heroes try to shame DD by mentioning how he's been scoffing at the laws he once fought so hard to uphold as a lawyer, and just as it seems the heroes may be getting through to DD, Ghost Rider attacks the Shadowland compound, leading DD to believe the appearance of the heroes was a ruse to allow Ghost Rider a way in. This issue ends with DD ordering his Hand henchmen to take down the 6 heroes, dead or alive!
What I Thought: While this issue was a drop off from last issue, it wasn't a drop off by much! This was still a highly enjoyable comic, as the story, and all of the main players are slowly beginning to gather. Cage and Iron Fist have rallied some of their allies, Spider-Man has shown up, Moon Knight is plotting in the bowels of the Shadowland prison, and Ghost Rider is attacking the Hand on the behalf of Kingpin of all people! This was a bit of a set-up issue, but it was still an excellent read.
Score: 9 out of 10.I sure didn't see HIM appearing here!