Sunday, August 21, 2011

Daredevil: Yellow - Review

A BOOK WITHOUT FEAR


This new edition of Daredevil: Yellow is one of the colored themed series done by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, famous for their work on Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory. The story follows Matt Murdock as he writes a series of letters to his dead lover Karen, looking for a way to express his feelings and become the man without fear once again. It follows his origin story up to the point where he meets some of his first friends and enemies in the Marvel Universe, and takes him through his first most trying feats as Daredevil. The color yellow is used not only in his original costume, but also as a metaphor for the fears and doubts that he has in taking a costumed crime-fighting motif past the boundaries of avenging his dead father or winning the heart of the girl he loves.

I've been meaning to read this for a long time, but until they re-released this series it was pretty hard to find. Tim Sale's artwork is nothing short of astounding. I've always loved his style, ever since I saw it in the paintings and text work on Heroes. He has a way of making pages feel like their moving and that characters are emoting so well that I forget that it's only on a two-dimensional page. When it's combined with Jeph Loeb's writing, it's almost unfair how well they can tell a story. Loeb paints Daredevil as not just someone who goes out because it's the good heroic thing to do, but because he knows that he has the opportunity to right wrongs that can't be fixed in his courtroom. As Murdock puts it, there's a difference between law and justice.

The re-release has a great presentation and cover, and I suggest picking this up if you've ever been a fan of some Marvel's B-list characters. I'm a huge fan of what Mark Waid is doing with Daredevil right now, but I'm glad to see that other people are willing to put in the time to explore a character that I don't think gets enough attention from the public. People often write him off as just being "the blind superhero," but most of his characterization has little to do with his handicap. Or, in the case of his heightened senses, agility, and stamina, lack thereof.

I'll soon be doing reviews on their other themed books in this series, Spiderman: Blue and Hulk: Gray, which I have high hopes for.

2 comments:

  1. This is a great mini-series! I picked it up at a Con this summer and was thoroughly satisfied with how great it was! Did the TPB have any good extras?

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  2. It did have some of the production notes and some concept sketches by Sale, but nothing that stood out.

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