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Name: James Shapiro

Bio: Not the JMS you might be thinking of, true believers.  Just a regular guy 20 years his junior.

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October 14, 2010 10:11 am

@RolandoofGilead I'm in the same boat and I couldn't agree more. Just want to put this in the rearview.  I have stopped being concerned about Black Panther taking over the book because I know it's not permanent and DD will be back eventually.

What gets my goat is the fact that Daredevil has been consistently good for over a decade and the way that streak goes out is with SUCH a huge drop in quality that it's embarrassing.

The funny thing is, the issues outside of the main Shadowland title have generally been enjoyable and even good.  But this main book has progressively gotten worse with every issue.  For a longtime DD reader, this is depressing and maddening.

Anyone else recall "Ghostbusters" at the end?  There is no Dana, there is only ZUUL!  I chuckled.

September 10, 2010 11:07 am This was a blast of a buildup issue and I'll echo what's been said before- this book is great and people should really check out Dark Horse's Conan stuff.  Consistently awesome.
September 10, 2010 11:04 am I've said it many times- this is one of the most underrated books out there. With Walking Dead as hot as it is now (and I am a huge fan of that book), I'm surprised more people haven't discussed this title online or picked it up. It's been excellent for over a year, and I'd say it's hit on some ideas that Walking Dead hasn't touched.
September 10, 2010 10:57 am

Of the tie-in series I'm reading this and Moon Knight, and picking up some of the one-shots.

I think this series is pretty good. The art's not quite as good, but the coloring still fits the mood of the DD world. The story's backing up the main events of Shadowland well. Plus it's done a fine job of introducing these characters to me that I don't know in a way that is keeping me interested. It's not essential to the larger Shadowland plot, but it is very enjoyable. I'm definitely on board to see where it goes next. I'd go 4 for story, 3 for art.

My biggest beefs are with the main Shadowland title (both in writing & art) & the Cassaday covers which have been flat-out poor. Kind of surprising to have an event where tie-ins & the Daredevil title have been so much better than the main event title.  With Blood on the Streets & Daredevil being as good as they are, it's bizarre to think that the Shadowland book was written by the same guys.

August 4, 2010 10:24 am @Patriotsun- Jump in, Jonah Hex is mostly done in ones, and that's a great thing.
July 15, 2010 10:34 am

I'm going to miss the Truman/Giorello/Villarubia combination on Conan.  It's been a great couple of years with them on the book. 

@bjbancroft Jump on. This is a new arc so I'd be extremely surprised if you couldn't pick it up just fine right here. All the DH Conan stuff is around in trade, you'll dig it.

@yojoe There you go.. I just tried to get another person on the book.  I don't know why more people don't read & discuss this one, DH has done a great job with the REH stuff, and I'm a longtime fan of Conan comics.  Excited for Roy Thomas to start up on King Conan.. he's a legend.

June 29, 2010 4:49 pm

After an iffy at best #1 this series has been really good and continues to improve every issue.  Definitely a title more people should be reading.  I also think the first trade is out as well but I could be wrong about that.

June 16, 2010 3:47 pm I'll second that and add that once you dive in for a few, if you like it, you'll be compelled to hunt down trades and back issues to get the whole story.
June 15, 2010 12:45 pm I agree on all points- this is one of the best books on the stands and one I always look forward to.  It's a book that always keeps you on your toes as a reader, and so few books actually do that.
May 6, 2010 4:23 pm

Great review and I'm with you on all points.  This is a real old-style "page turner" of a book so far.

Also I would 100% concur that this is the ONLY $3.99 book out there that feels worth every bit of that price.  I'm very much enjoying both Snyder's and King's stories, I feel like each is very 50-50 in weight and that makes for more enjoyment for me every month when this comes out. 

Whereas other books where there's a definite lead and backup don't really do it for me, I often skip backup stories and feel they can shortchange the lead story which could use a few more pages.