- Posted by Johanna on October 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- CREDITS: written by Mark Waid; art by Marcos Martin
- PUBLISHER: Marvel; $2.99 US
The immediate success of the Daredevil relaunch just goes to show that it’s the creators that make a great comic, regardless of character or premise.
I never had much affinity for Daredevil, mainly because it seems like his life’s been miserable for the past decade or so. I had tried to read the very earliest issues (from the 60s, recommended on the basis of it being more soap opera-ish), but those didn’t work for me either. But as soon as I tried this series, beginning with the new #1, I was loving it.
Daredevil’s now got a sense of humor, interesting conflicts, plenty of action, and an understandable premise. Matt Murdock is thought to be Daredevil, so he and Foggy Nelson can’t try cases any more (because Murdock’s rumored secret identity gets in the way), so they set up a firm to help people learn to represent themselves. That’s being heroic in more than the typical comic book way — although there’s plenty of action in that vein, too. For instance, this issue opens with Daredevil having to retrieve evidence from the lion cage at the zoo.
It’s the details that make the book for me. The quick hits section of potential clients, for example, sets up backstories in just one panel each, but the one I loved was the way Matt’s civilian togs keep getting stolen when he goes out heroing, so he messengers new suits to where he needs them. That idea solves a superhero problem in an upscale, urban way that suits this character in particular. It’s not a solution that would apply to every Avenger interchangeably, for comparison, unlike how some people write superheroes.
I don’t think Marcos Martin is the usual artist, but here, he’s done some distinctive layouts, and he handles both the superhero and everyday people sections very well. The scene where Matt tries to help Foggy get healthier, first by trashing his junk food and then showing him how to work out, is a visually interesting way to have the two converse as well as an excuse for a couple of funny zingers.
Kudos to Mark Waid for so quickly making Daredevil one of the superhero comics I most look forward to!