Why Mark Waid Doesn’t Work at DC: Thoughts on Daredevil #34

That’s a snarky headline, but I was really struck by this page from Daredevil #34, written by Mark Waid and drawn by Javier Rodriguez.

Daredevil #34 page by Mark Waid and Javier Rodriguez

With five words — “Then I get over it” — Waid sums up the essential optimism that should be evident in superhero stories but has often been lost. (Particularly in titles from DC, which seem geared to wallowing in as much blood and sadness as they can get away with.) I don’t believe he’s making light of mental struggles; instead, I think he’s demonstrating a determination of attitude to work to make things better. It’s also a statement of what distinguishes Waid’s Daredevil from some of the runs in the past, which seemed to be about how many terrible things could be done to the character.

What follows Daredevil’s change of heart are some wonderful scenes with Kirsten McDuffie, the attorney he has an on-again, off-again flirtation with, which allows for some terrific banter. I’m really going to miss this title after it ends and relaunches at a higher price for a marketing stunt. I don’t *know* that it’s going to come back different, but I wish good work could just continue as it is.

2 Responses to “Why Mark Waid Doesn’t Work at DC: Thoughts on Daredevil #34”

  1. Ed Catto Says:

    Yeah -really enjoying this one too. I had joked it was my favorite of the new 52 relaunches. Great stuff – and I look forward/eagerly await to see what Mark Waid is planning next.

  2. Mark Says:

    I really don’t mind one bit paying more for a comic this good. Especially when you consider that most anthologies run about 8 dollars for 99% crap.




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