Shadowland is a Marvel Comics crossover published in 2010.
The series is divided into a five-part miniseries, a three-part Moon Knight mini, a four-part mini about a new Power Man and a few one-shots following Bullseye, Elektra, Ghost Rider and Spider-Man, plus tie-ins to other titles, including Thunderbolts.
After Matt Murdock became the leader of the Hand, it was his turn to take over New York City. Matt slowly begins to show that he's Jumped Off The Slippery Slope, first by building a temple/prison in Hell's Kitchen (the eponymous "Shadowland") and then by killing Bullseye. Eventually, it's revealed that Daredevil has actually been possessed by a demon called "the Beast." When Iron Fist manages to exorcise it from Matt's body, Matt kills himself before it can take control again. In the aftermath, Elektra steals his body to resurrect him like she was once resurrected.
Shadowland provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Colleen Wing, Misty Knight, and The Daughter of The Shadows.
- Affably Evil: Tarantula.
- Anti-Hero: Punisher, Ghost Rider and Wolverine.
- Badass Biker: Ghost Rider.
- Badass Normal: Moon Knight and Punisher to name a few.
- Bash Brothers: Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Spider-Man and Shang Chi.
- Bat Family Crossover: All the Street-Level superheroes from Marvel AKA the Marvel Knights. And Wolverine
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Daredevil.
- Cain and Abel: Moon Knight & Shadow Knight
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: It doesn't take much to kill the Hand Ninja.
- Darker and Edgier: Compared to the current Heroic Age.
- Deadpan Snarker: Spider-Man
- Demonic Possession: Matt spends much of this era possessed by "the Beast."
- Driven to Suicide: Matt kills himself rather than be taken over again.
- Enemy Mine: Kingpin summons Ghost Rider to help him, as well as Luke Cage and the Iron Fist, to take down Daredevil.
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Pretty much everyone. But the cake goes to the killers in the "Blood on the Streets" miniseries. How exactly a quartet of detectives just happen to have enough training to use ninja weapons to take out armed thugs and bodyguards is completely unexplained.
- Evil Costume Switch: Daredevil's new costume is all black with wrist blades, longer horns and red lining. Lampshaded by Spider-Man, who points out he's an expert when he says black costume switch always ends bad.
- FaceHeel Turn: Daredevil.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: The Hand.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Bullseye has both arms broken and gets impaled just like he did with Elektra. Becomes cathartic in light of Dark Reign and the atrocities he committed, either by himself or in Osborn's name. Made effective with the shitless scared look in his face before he's killed.
- Knight Templar: Daredevil as the leader of The Hand
- Legacy Character: The new Power Man.
- Oh, Crap!: Bullseye when he realizes that Daredevil's no longer adhering to Thou Shalt Not Kill.
- Never Trust a Trailer: Teasers for the series carried the tagline "Witness the birth of the Marvel Universe's greatest villain". Matt is ultimately redeemed by the end of the story.
- Power Creep, Power Seep: As the Big Bad, Daredevil's gotten a pretty big boost in power to contend with the other street-level heroes who are usually a bit above him in terms of strength. This boost is the first hint that Daredevil isn't really Matt, but rather him under Demonic Possession.
- Prepare to Die: this line is delivered to Master Izo, leading to the awesome answer "I was preparing before you were born".
- The Man Behind the Man: Rather, the organization behind the man: it was the Snakeroot that summoned the demon that possessed Daredevil and turned him evil so that he could serve their purpose.
- Technicolor Ninjas: The Hand, again.
- Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object: Spider Sense versus Radar Sense.
- The Worf Effect: Despite being one of the best martial artists in the world, Iron Fist gets his ass handed to him pretty often in this series.
- Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Brought up by Punisher and Wolverine, but their attempts to do so fail pretty badly.
- Wolverine Publicity: You'll never guess who randomly shows up in the fourth issue without any build-up, though it is fairly lampshaded.