GLX reviews Shadowland #2.
Andy Diggle - Writer
Billy Tan - Penciller
Victor Olazaba - Inker
Christina Strain - Colors
Before issue #1 hit the stands, I wasn't sure if I was going to buy Shadowland. When it finally hit the stands, I ended up buying it and enjoying it. With Shadowland #2, Andy Diggle takes things up another notch.
Marc Spector shows up and is a welcome addition to the mini series. He really shines, during the second half of the comic. There are also some well written exchanges in the comic. Luke Cage and Danny Rand dealing with Lady Bullseye and Wilson Fisk. Black Tarantula arguing with Daredevil over his recent actions. When Luke Cage and company finally talk to Daredevil, Spider-Man ends up stealing the show.
"That black costume thing? Never ends well. Trust me on this. Also, you should totally fire your rooftop sentries. Anyone could wander in here!"
What really made this issue awesome were the actions Lady Bullseye and Wilson Fisk. Without spoiling anything, I can easily say that their actions led to a really badass scene. The previous issue's cliffhanger was the killer moment (no pun intended) of that issue. The scene that I'm hinting at? It's easily cooler than that cliffhanger. Trust me, it's wicked.
The art on Shadowland #1 did nothing for me and nothing has changed with issue #2's art. Billy Tan's pencils have never appealed to me and they still don't do anything for me here. His work doesn't make the comic hard to read, but it lacks a certain pop to it. As much as I like Christina Strain, she doesn't fit with this comic either. Still, her colors aren't a bad match for Tan and Ollazaba's work. I'd prefer that the Roberto De La Torre and Matt Hollingsworth had handled the art chores on Shadowland, instead of the current team. I can see why Marvel picked Tan to be the penciller. After all, he is big name and he has his fair share of fans. Plus, I'm guessing that the editors wanted a more "super-hero" feel to the comic, instead of a "rough" feel. Nonetheless, I stand by my position.
Even with my complaints about the art, Diggle's writing still makes Shadowland #2 a must read. He stepped his game up and it shows on the pages. If this mini series can keep the momentum of the first two issues, then fans are in for a real treat.
8* out of 10*
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