Characters Appearing: Ben Urich, Daredevil, Kingpin, Mr. Fear (Alan Fagan)
Issue(s): Daredevil #314, Daredevil #315
I say she's a Mr. Fear for the 90s because she just looks so "extreme"; her design is a hot mess.
Also, her powers are a little different. Instead of just fear, she can regenerate all sorts of emotions, like rage and hatred. And she can cause hallucinations. Basically she just accentuates a person's worst traits.
But i say "seem to" because despite an ending that makes it seem like she's about to escape custody after Daredevil stops her...
...she'll never be see again.
Similarly, a first "prologue" at the end of the story seems to indicate that Mr. Fear is about to come after her. But in fact Mr. Fear won't be seen again for over a decade.
A second prologue does have more relevance. Kingpin is working his way back up.
Probably the most important thing in this issue is that Daredevil is having dreams about Elektra.
The lettercol tells us that it might be "a premonition of things to come!?!".
The most fun bit in the story is that Matt starts off out of costume, and winds up wearing a t-shirt on his head for a good portion of issue #314.
Don't ask me how he knew that was a good shirt to grab, let alone how to line up the eyes. Could just be a lucky coincidence, i guess.
One thing i really don't like is that about half the book is sideways, and yet for no good reasons. Flat, boring layouts, but for some reason you have to turn the book sideways to read them.
And even when pages are oriented normally, a lot of space is devoted to border patterns. Just feels like wasted space to me.
Thanks to the nature of Shock, the writing feels like someone trying to emulate Ann Nocenti and J.M. DeMatteis. Very surreal, very wordy. But even by those standards it falls flat and feels more mundane.
All that said, i was surprised when i finished reading these and looked up Shock on the MCP and found that these were her only appearances. As much as i don't like her character design, she looks like a lot of what was going on in the Midnight Sons books and elsewhere. I can't believe no one ever thought to use her again, even if Chichester never got back to her for whatever reason. I mean, with ties to a classic Marvel villain, she actually seems like a better character than most of the new characters introduced in this year's annuals (including the DD annual). Ok that's a low bar. Actually it wouldn't shock me if someone said that this plot was originally intended for this year's annual but got moved to the regular series for some reason.
Statement of Ownership Total Paid Circulation: Average of Past 12 months = 230,475. Single issue closest to filing date = 161,100.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I don't love having to turn the book sideways. Rather than being a cool way to play with the art form, I generally find it just breaks up the flow of story.
It seems in this case that might've been welcomed!
Posted by: Wanyas the Self-Proclaimed | September 23, 2016 3:53 PM
When the review said "Mr. Fear for the 90s," I visualized what that would look like. None of my imaginings were as dumb as what I saw when I scrolled down the page.
Posted by: Mortificator | September 23, 2016 5:18 PM
Shock was one of the characters included in the 1993 Marvel Universe trading card set from Skybox. So obviously someone at Marvel thought she was going to go on to become a recurring villain.
Posted by: Ben Herman | September 23, 2016 8:43 PM
Wasn't Alan Fagan Larry Cranston's nephew in the first place? That's a lot of generations crammed in there.
Posted by: Entzauberung | September 24, 2016 9:41 AM
Here's my no-prize for the sweater-eye thing. It wasn't ink or dye but that plastic design stuff so Matt could easily feel the eye-spots.
Posted by: david banes | September 24, 2016 6:23 PM
What's hilarious is that Wizard Magazine actually hailed this horrid run as some kind of deep storytelling at the time.
Posted by: Bob | September 25, 2016 7:07 PM
@Entzauberung- and weirdly, the dialogue implies that Cranston went to college with Matt. Even if he's 15 years older than Matt, no way should his nephew's daughter be an adult.
Posted by: Michael | September 28, 2016 11:14 PM
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