Overall: We begin the penultimate issue of this mini-series with Elektra betraying a bunch of Hand ninjas in order to allow the heroes access to the Shadowland compound. Who are the heroes? Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Spider-Man, Shang-Chi, Master Izo, Punisher and of course, Wolverine. Why Wolverine? Because it wouldn't be a Marvel x-over without the obligatory Wolverine appearance. As the heroes begin sneaking through the stronghold, Kingpin and Lady Bullseye decide to leave Kingpin's penthouse in order to get into position for their own endgame. The heroes discover Daredevil attempting to return Bullseye to life as a member of the Hand and halt the process, breaking into a full out battle between DD and his forces and the collection of heroes. Eventually the heroes manage to pin DD down, and Elektra tries to reason with him, but it is WAY too late for that as DD knocks all of the heroes away from him and announces that Matt Murdock was gone and that only the Beast remained.
Not bad. This comic was really good, even with the wholly unnecessary Wolverine appearance and DD transforming into the Beast. The whole Beast revelation has definitely taken a bit of enjoyment of this x-over away for me, as I would have preferred it if DD legitimately felt he was doing the right thing, ala Hal Jordan back in the 90's. Now instead of DD being a fallen hero who still saw himself in the right, this story has devolved into a basic, “Heroes must fight possessed hero with heavy hearts” story. So while this is still the best mini-series to come out of either of the Big Two this year(hell, it's still MILES better than Blackest Night/Brightest Day)I can't help but feel a bit let down by the way this series is coming to an end.
Score: 8 out of 10.Hope you enjoyed your visit to Shadowland, Wolverine. Good-bye!