Monday, July 25, 2011

Daredevil #1 - Review

Here Comes Daredevil!

Matt Murdock is back in a brand new #1 issue written by comic book scribe Mark Waid and drawn by Paolo Manuel Rivera. In this newly launched title, Murdock is trying to get his life back together after being outed as Daredevil, then concocting a scheme to keep people guessing. It's been a hard few years for the man without fear, but his new attitude is to take it one day at a time and do the best he can. Even if that means dealing with other lawyers using his dual life against him and a highly skilled military team trying to get the jump on him.

Daredevil #1 might be one of the coolest relaunches I've read in quite some time. The Captain America #1 relaunch was incredible, and now Waid's take on the man without fear has me even more excited. The opening sequence where Murdock tries to stop The Spot from using his dimensional portals to kidnap the daughter of a mob boss at a wedding was incredible. Not only was the story top notch, but Rivera's use of paneling made it a whole different kind of beast this past week in comics. The expression of movement and agility were so well conveyed that I nearly thought I was watching a TV show instead of reading a comic book.

The use of Daredevil's radar sense was also an interesting take. It used grids and varying lines for sounds to show how he "sees" the world. There was even a wonderful short story at the end that just showed Murdock and Foggy walking through New York City and experiencing it through the eyes of a radar-sensed blind man.

Daredevil has been a character that I've always liked, but felt that he wasn't really being taken in any good direction. Waid has given Murdock a new outlook on life and it seems to be transferring well to the page. I can't wait to pick up the next issue of this series and I hope that it goes on for at least fifty issues.

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