Friday, December 18, 2015

REVIEW: Daredevil #1

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Ron Garney
Color Artist: Matt Milla

When Marvel first dropped the list of their post Secret Wars books I had a real hard time caring about most of them. Not for any particular reason really. I knew right off that there was no way I could afford every book with their four to five dollar price tags, but that’s nothing new as Marvel can really crank the titles out. The X-Men and Avengers books pretty much went straight to the chopping block along with the new Inhumans book; I did however pull one super-team book in Guardians of the Galaxy. Great decision by the way. I passed on the new Hulk book too because the title makes me cringe and honestly if it’s not Banner, then I don’t care. I went with the new Venom book because I love Venom and I don’t care who is wearing it. I added Carnage because . . . Carnage. Howard the Duck’s novelty ran out for me after a couple issues of his last series. All the Spidey related books were a given except the Web Warriors because no . . . just no. There were a few wildcards that I was undecided on . . . Black Knight, Hercules, Scarlet Witch, and Daredevil. The owner of my LCS sold me on Hercules. I decided to go with Daredevil. I’ve always liked the character, and it had been a good while since I had read any DD books. Turns out my wildcard picks were spot on. I’ve found Hercules pretty entertaining and DD didn’t disappoint me either.

Now like I mentioned it has been many moons since I have read a substantial run of Daredevil, so my knowledge is somewhat limited as to his recent goings on. In this here first issue Daredevil is up against a guy named Tenfingers . . . apparently some kind of typical Asian inspired cult leader type guy. First thought of Tenfingers was meh, but the more I stared at his 10 fingered hands the more I wanted to know about this chap.

The other thing that’s probably worth mentioning is DD has a side kick of sorts named Blindspot. Blindspot has some type of badass super suit that allows him to turn invisible. I like sidekicks, I can’t help it. I’s pretty sure he’s playin’ both sides though. The last page of the book is this Asian guy standing behind Tenfingers, and he says something to the effect of, “You got it bossman”, directed at Tenfingers. After DD and Blindside bust some skulls earlier in the issue Blindside says the exact same thing to Daredevil. So either this first arc is planning on highlighting sidekicks, or that’s the same guy playing both sides. Blindside never revealed his face but he most definitely had an Asian vibe about him.

All in all I really liked this book and will continue to read it. The story has me hooked already, and the art is fantastic. I am a big fan of darker art, and Matt Milla delivers big time on the use of color and at times ‘textures” to represent how Murdock “sees” the world. I’d buy the next issue just to look at the fancy drawings even if the writing sucked . . . but it doesn’t. Daredevil gets a passing grade.

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