Friday, 14 May 2010

Welcome to the Land of Shadows

The Siege of Asgard has brought an end to Norman Osborn's Dark Reign. I'll do a review round up of the Siege finale soon, but just because Osborn is gone and the Heroic Age is beginning, it doesn't mean the whole Marvel Universe will march into the light.

As part of Norman Osborn's List, H.A.M.M.E.R. Agents entered Hells Kitchen and tried to apprehend Matt Murdoch. Bullseye put aside the Hawkeye costume and went looking for The Man Without Fear.

It didn't end well.

Mstt Murdoch is now the leader of the ninja clan known as The Hand.

In a move similar to Angel Investigations taking over Wolfram & Hart, Murdoch hoped to make a difference. Changing evil within. But power corrupts. Andy Diggle, the writer behind this story, spoke to Newsarama recently:

"Matt's always been a very driven, self-righteous character -- but of course, every villain believes himself to be the hero of his own story. Matt is walking the road paved with good intentions -- but we all know where that leads. So putting Matt in charge of the Hand is a great way of addressing these fundamentally dramatic questions -- where is the line between good and evil drawn? How far is too far? Will Matt turn the Hand towards the path of good, or will the Hand turn Matt towards the path of evil?"

In July, that story comes to ahead with a mini event called Shadowland. Unfolding in Daredevil, plus a separate five part miniseries and various other tie-ins including the new Thunderbolts - Marvel is promoting this as The Battle For The Soul Of New York.

Rather than the epic battles between God-like superheroes, this promises to be street-level vigilantes fighting for their lives. Eight teaser images have been released so far, giving us a indication of the players who will be knockling lumps out of each other.

Shadowland will be written by Diggle and illustrated by Billy Tan. It begins in July. The solicitation promises "a jaw-dropping final page that will have everyone talking for years to come!"

Ben Fardon is the owner, proprietor, manager and filing clerk for Proud Lion. Bascially, Ben is Proud Lion is Ben. He often uses the personal pronoun 'we', in an attempt to not feel like a man alone. In that context 'we' refers to Ben, the bricks and mortar, the stock and the branding that comprises Proud Lion. It also makes him sound kind of crazy. 'We' are OK with that.

Ben has been reading comics since he was five years old and his Dad bought him a Transformers comic at the local newsagent. In the same comic were reprints of Iron Man in the red and silver armour. To this day, Tony Stark is his favourite superhero.

He likes eating, swimming and science fiction Tv series. He recently became addicted to The West Wing.

One day, he'll finish a script for something.

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