Friday, July 22, 2011

Daredevil #1: A review

Daredevil #1 Written by Mark Waid
Art by Paolo Rivera, Joe Rivera, Javier Rodriguez, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente

I know it's a bit late but Daredevil #1 hit stands on Wednesday. With it brought the return of Matt Murdock in more ways then one. Let me start by saying this: After years of writers playing "top this" with Matt Murdock's life, it's nice to see Matt in a happy place as he attempts to make a fresh start in NYC.
Mark Waid does a phenomenal job writing Matt Murdock. Everything from the fight sequences, to the court sequence, to just the radar sense being described is fantastic. He simply gets Matt. Matt smiles and jokes without it feeling campy or a departure from something that worked. That doesn't mean that everything is butterflies and rainbows for the Man Without Fear. This issue makes it painfully obvious that Matt faces some challenges ahead, but it's more about an uphill climb then a decent into a dark place.

For all of Waid's expertise, it's the art that steals the show. The moment you open the pages the art grabs you. It's not the realistic beauty of Jim Lee or the originality of Frank Quitely but some happy blend of the two.  Just look at the way the radar sense is depicted!
Radar sense from Daredevil #1
It's beautiful, elegant, and yet completely believable. That's not to say that it's always used to display such beauty, looking at the Spot through Daredevil's radar sense is an image that is quite haunting. Still it's the little details that make the art pop. Reading books like this one is what brings people to comics in the first place.

That's not the say that the issue didn't have it's faults. While fun, the issue didn't really foreshadow the events of upcoming books and it also didn't address any of the events from the previous Daredevil books. Still that's a small price to pay for the fun of this comic!

Rating: 9.0/10

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