By Kevin Mahadeo
Writer Jason Henderson and artist Ivan Rodriguez unleash an all-female hit squad led by veteran hero for hire Colleen Wing onto the streets of Hell's Kitchen in August with their brand-new limited series SHADOWLAND: DAUGHTERS OF THE SHADOW.
The title spins out of the Shadowland event set to rock the lives of the various street-level characters of the Marvel Universe this summer. As Daredevil continues to use his position as head of the Hand to strengthen his chokehold on the criminals of New York, he employs the assistance of Colleen, who flies solo after her falling out with former friend and business partner Misty Knight.
"In the way you had Power Man and Iron Fist, you had Misty Knight and Colleen Wing," says Henderson. "They had a big falling out at the end of HEROES FOR HIRE, and it had a lot to do with Colleen finally deciding that she had certain values that she really had to adhere to and she allowed other people's leadership and decision-making to cloud those things. Here
|Character designs by Ivan Rodriguez|
Although Daredevil and Colleen see eye-to-eye on certain issues, Henderson explains that their alliance also stems from certain business arrangements. For one, Colleen wants to eliminate certain types of high-level corruption, namely an illegal slave trading ring. While the police remain helpless toward the situation, Daredevil can provide her the necessary resources. However, running deeper than that, Daredevil presents Colleen with key information that reveals secrets about her family's connection to the ninja assassin squad.
"He offers her a deal and says, 'If you come work for me and take this place in the Hand, I can give you information about your mother,' who is someone [readers] know very little about," says the writer. "It turns out she was active in the Hand long ago and Colleen can take that place if she so chooses."
Henderson says that the limited series allows him to explore aspects of Colleen's history on her mother's side previously unknown to comic fans, namely her one-time status as leader of a femme fatale division of the Hand known as the Nail.
|Character designs by Ivan Rodriguez|
A horror fan himself-as evidenced by his latest novel "Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising," available now-Henderson admits that he drew a lot of influence from traditional Japanese folklore while creating the new characters. He also admits that one of the best parts of working on the upcoming series came from designing the members of the Nail with artist Rodriguez.
"We'll come back and be like, 'Okay, the cheerleader girl needs to be young and homicidal and she needs to have crazy hair,'" relates Henderson. "And Ivan comes in and we're like, 'Okay, make her more like
|SHADOWLAND: DAUGHTERS OF THE SHADOW #1 cover|
Of course, one major conflict in DAUGHTERS OF THE SHADOW looms from that aforementioned friendship breakup between Colleen and Misty Knight. In Shadowland, the two stand on opposite ends of the battle line. While Henderson keeps the exact details of their inevitable confrontation a secret, he does leave readers with a small tease as to where it all ends up:
"What I really want to accomplish for the relationship between Colleen and Misty is the final disposition. When they come out of this, they will have an understanding of where they stand with one another."
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com
Not a subscriber to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited yet? Join now!
Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution", "Wolverine and the X-Men", "Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes", and "The Super Hero Squad Show" now on iTunes!
Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes!