coming off a fantastic decade of top notch work, kicked off by Kevin
Smithís fantastic Guardian Devil arc and followed up by the career
defining run of Brian Michael Bendis. The series continued on after
Bendis, offering stories that took the character to places darker
and darker before finally breaking him in the Shadowland event last
In my mind,
there have always been two different ways to write Daredevil
stories. All of the classic stories that we think of when we think
of Daredevil are the darker kinds, the ones with Daredevil loosing
his grip on sanity while his life crumbles around him. These are the
stories that define the character, and have provided all the
important Daredevil stories. The lesser-known stories are lighter in
tone, featuring Daredevil the swashbuckler, carefree and having fun
being a superhero. They are lesser known because most of them simply
arenít that good. I feel like Mark Waidís run is going to end up
giving us the first great swashbuckling Daredevil stories.
The first page
is a stroke of genius provided by Fred Van Lente and Marcos Martin.
New readers are given all the important parts of Daredevilís origin
in a single page. I for one would love to see Marvel employ this
method when relaunching series from now on.
On to the
actual story, it can be summarized quite easily, as super heroics,
legal drama and than some more super heroics setting up the action
for next issue. Throughout the story we get a hint that while this
is a new tone for Daredevil, the rest of the world clearly remembers
the trouble he found himself in for most of the past decade of
stories, and the end gives us a nice tease of Daredevil being held
accountable for his past actions by the rest of the superhero
As much as one
could knock the story as being boilerplate, Pablo Riveraís art
really brings the title to life and adds a new narrative layer to
the story that I appreciate. Finally we get put into the skintight
body suit of Daredevil and are given the chance to see and hear the
world the way he does.
There is also
a backup story that again puts the reader into Matt Murdochís shoes
as he takes a walk through the streets of Harlem. Mark Waid again
provides the script while Marcos Martin provides art. Here we get a
different take on Daredevilís power that is every bit as effective
as what we are offered in the main story. The back up story serves
as a bridge between the last decade of Daredevil stories and the new
series. We get an explanation as to why Daredevil is able to return
and be so much fun.
latest new beginning leaves much to be desired, Iím going to blame
the current practice of writing for the trade rather than the
writing ability of Waid. I know Iíll be keeping my eyes on the
title, excited to see what kind of fun Daredevil stories Waid is
going to be offering up.