Thursday, August 18, 2011

Daredevil #2: A review

Daredevil #2
Written by Mark Waid
Pencils and Cover by Paolo Rivera

After the enormous success of Daredevil #1, Daredevil #2 had a lot to live up to. While for the most part it succeeds, Daredevil #2 is not the absolute joyride that the first issue was.

This isn't the fault of Mark Waid though. Once again Waid absolutely nails Matt Murdock's character. The dialogue is fun and very Matt Murdock-like. Some people might complain from the overabundance of "lawyer-ese" coming out of his mouth but it fits Matt's character and is applicable in the context of the story. Not only is Matt handled perfectly but so is Foggy Nelson and pretty much every other character that is brought into these pages. In fact the only character who isn't written perfectly in these pages is the series guest star Captain America. In fact the entire fight between Daredevil and Captain America is the worst part of the issue and the only thing keeping each page of the issue from being an absolute pleasure to read. Not only is Cap written uncharacteristically but the entire fight scene is basically a recap of the last few Daredevil stories as well as talking about a story that took place in Captain America. None of the information presented is needed in the story and just distracts from the rest of the issue.

While the actual story is not as good as last issue, Paolo Rivera does a fantastic job on art! Every page is rendered beautifully. Even the Cap fight scene is a joy to look at! When Waid reveals the final villain, a reveal that Waid keeps as creepy as possible, Rivera matches him brilliant stroke for brilliant stroke.
From Daredevil #2. Art by Paolo Rivera
Overall, while not as enjoyable as the last issue, Daredevil #2 still brings up a fabulous return to the Hero of Hell's Kitchen. If you're not reading or not interested in Daredevil, pick up this issue and it should change your mind.

Score: 8.5/10

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