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Daredevil #1 Review

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Daredevil arrives in his new hometown. Before he gets a chance to “see” the sights, he finds himself in the middle of a strange case.

The Good

Every so often, we see characters head off in new directions. With the life-changing decision Matt Murdock was forced to make, he has left New York City and is now in San Francisco. One of the immediate joys to see is the fact that Daredevil, while briefly resided here before, is not completely familiar with every square inch of the city, as he was with NYC. There have been times, in other comics, where a character ends up in a different city and you wouldn’t know if it if it wasn’t for a caption or mention. Mark Waid and Chris Samnee make it clear that this is now DD in San Francisco.

The story opens, not with Matt acting as a lawyer, but more as a detective, in a way. This is a fascinating aspect of Daredevil’s powers. He would be a brilliant crime scene investigator. We’ve caught the occasional glimpse of Matt using his powers to find clues but we get a fun scene seeing how Matt can fully analyze all the clues.

What do we get for his first case back in San Francisco? It starts off as a simple one but Waid quickly turns the tables on Daredevil and the readers. There ends up being more to it than was thought and seeing Daredevil quick on his feet is pretty cool. Of course he gets some help as well. This is a little odd at first but it’s a sign of maturity on Matt’s part, being willing and able to ask for help rather than try to do it all completely on his own.

Chris Samnee’s art is brilliant, as usual. Working in San Francisco, it’s nice to be able to recognize some landmarks in the comics. As mentioned before, we’ve often seen ‘generic comic book city’ simply slapped with the name of the city it’s meant to be. We don’t usually see Daredevil in the middle of a chase and we get a really fun action packed sequence here. Javier Rodriguez's color makes it all vibrant and also gives a familiar feel to the last volume, despite Daredevil now being in a new city.

And how about that last page, huh?

The Bad

Sometimes it’s a little weird thinking back to where Daredevil used to be. This is meant more emotionally rather than a physical location. Mark Waid’s Daredevil definitely is more upbeat than the Daredevil some may want. This is a sign of emotional growth, in some ways. Also, it’s not like we need another dark and brooding superhero running around. In other words, I have no complaints here. It’s a really enjoyable book.

The Verdict

It’s another All-New Marvel NOW! success. It may be a new #1 but if you’ve been reading Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s DAREDEVIL before, you know exactly what you’ll be getting here. Although, with Daredevil now in San Francisco, he’ll have some new problems to deal with. We’re off to a great start, but then again, Waid and Samnee have been working on DAREDEVIL for a while so it should not be a surprise how much you’ll love this issue. New York City is a great city but it’s going to be really refreshing to see some action in a new city. The fact that it happens to be San Francisco is just a huge coincidence.

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Posted by The Stegman

The cover, Holy onomatopoeia Batman!

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Edited by TheManInTheShoe

Can't wait to read it!!

Posted by PunyParker
Posted by Mucklefluga

I loooved this issue, it excited me to finish reading Waid's last run with the character once my hardcovers arrive.

Posted by longbowhunter

Great issue. Man...this book continues to be amazing. I really liked the detective aspect. And what the hell was up with that ending? So ready to read the next issue.

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Edited by comicbookfan93

Is this new reader friendly? I didn't read the last volume and the same creative team makes me think I should of read it

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Also, it’s not like we need another dark and brooding superhero running around.

We also don't need another generic superhero book either. How many "dark and brooding" superhero books does Marvel even have? One? Maybe two?

Posted by daredevil21134

My opinion stays the same and as to not needing another brooding super hero running around.Please!!!You can tell dark Daredevil stories without him brooding it's been done before numerous times.

Posted by PunyParker

@punyparker said:

@daredevil21134 ?? (again)

My opinion stays the same and as to not needing another brooding super hero running around.Please!!!You can tell dark Daredevil stories without him brooding it's been done before numerous times.

Bendis all the way. :)

Edited by daredevil21134

@daredevil21134 said:

@punyparker said:

@daredevil21134 ?? (again)

My opinion stays the same and as to not needing another brooding super hero running around.Please!!!You can tell dark Daredevil stories without him brooding it's been done before numerous times.

Bendis all the way. :)

Hell Yeah brother

Posted by PunyParker

@punyparker said:

@daredevil21134 said:

@punyparker said:

@daredevil21134 ?? (again)

My opinion stays the same and as to not needing another brooding super hero running around.Please!!!You can tell dark Daredevil stories without him brooding it's been done before numerous times.

Bendis all the way. :)

Hell Yeah brother

On like EVERYTHING!
Spider-Man,Daredevil,Spider-Man/Daredevil crossovers,EVERYTHING!!! :P ;)

Posted by daredevil21134

@punyparker: Seems like Pete will have to deal with a pissed off Felicia lol.Good luck.I can't wait

Posted by PunyParker

@punyparker: Seems like Pete will have to deal with a pissed off Felicia lol.Good luck.I can't wait

First line "And so you would know,Matt was miles better in the sack than you!"
That would hurt more than any scratch she can give :P

Posted by daredevil21134

@daredevil21134 said:

@punyparker: Seems like Pete will have to deal with a pissed off Felicia lol.Good luck.I can't wait

First line "And so you would know,Matt was miles better in the sack than you!"

That would hurt more than any scratch she can give :P

LOL! Hopefully it doesn't come to that but we should continue this conversation in a PM and give the Waid lovers their space

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@daredevil21134:

Waid will rock Spider-Man : Family Business because he can write a character like Spider-Man well.....this is NOT what Daredevil is. (this is mostly for the people who find Waid's DD defining of the character.)

Posted by Lvenger

@punyparker: Actually a lot of people don't like Waid's Spider-Man depiction from what I've seen online. Waid gets a lot of criticism on his Spider-Man stories which have now been eclipsed by the raging Hulk fanboys who perceive that an injustice equal to the Daredevil fans' chagrin has been performed on Hulk by Waid.

And really, this review has already been flooded by the Anti Waid Brigade?

Posted by SmashBrawler
Edited by Lvenger

@lvenger said:

So people aren't allowed to express their dislike for such a radical change of direction for one of their favorite characters? And this is coming from someone who likes Waid's DD.

Of course they are, I'd never strip people of that right ever. But it's always so soon and expediently that these guys deliver their verdict. Heck daredevil21134 commented straight away to get his disdain for Waid's run out the way. I know people dislike it but commenting that soon is a bit odd from my POV.

Posted by PunyParker

@lvenger said:

@punyparker: Actually a lot of people don't like Waid's Spider-Man depiction from what I've seen online. Waid gets a lot of criticism on his Spider-Man stories which have now been eclipsed by the raging Hulk fanboys who perceive that an injustice equal to the Daredevil fans' chagrin has been performed on Hulk by Waid.

And really, this review has already been flooded by the Anti Waid Brigade?

What Waid Spider-Man stories?....he wrote Spider-Man ages ago,and his stories were decent.(Spidey wasn't at his top then)
He can write dialog for him,cuz he's witty and sarcastic.Matt's humour is delicate and slim.He's not a wisecracker.

Posted by Lvenger

@lvenger said:

@punyparker: Actually a lot of people don't like Waid's Spider-Man depiction from what I've seen online. Waid gets a lot of criticism on his Spider-Man stories which have now been eclipsed by the raging Hulk fanboys who perceive that an injustice equal to the Daredevil fans' chagrin has been performed on Hulk by Waid.

And really, this review has already been flooded by the Anti Waid Brigade?

What Waid Spider-Man stories?....he wrote Spider-Man ages ago,and his stories were decent.(Spidey wasn't at his top then)

He can write dialog for him,cuz he's witty and sarcastic.Matt's humour is delicate and slim.He's not a wisecracker.

I dunno, there's not a lot of love for Waid's Spider-Man that I've seen, especially on that recent 2 part Daredevil crossover.

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@lvenger said:

@smashbrawler said:

@lvenger said:

So people aren't allowed to express their dislike for such a radical change of direction for one of their favorite characters? And this is coming from someone who likes Waid's DD.

Of course they are, I'd never strip people of that right ever. But it's always so soon and expediently that these guys deliver their verdict. Heck daredevil21134 commented straight away to get his disdain for Waid's run out the way. I know people dislike it but commenting that soon is a bit odd from my POV.

Well, they do have better arguments than any Wonder Woman fan out there (not that accomplishing that is very hard, "hurr durr moar fights!") since Daredevil was doing pretty well as a superhero-noir book (with muthaf**king ninjas!). I mean, Waid's been writing DD for almost 3 years now, I'd be quite pissy too if I didn't like this direction either.

Posted by Farkam

I heard many good things about Waid's Daredevil. I never got around to reading, so it looks like i'm a little late to the party.

Edited by Lvenger

@smashbrawler: I do agree that their arguments are definitely better than the Wonder Woman haters by far. They at least have a point in what they're saying. Still, plenty of people like the whimsical, light hearted nature of Waid's Daredevil, me included and I don't tend to think characters should have one set way of working in a story. But I can see where the critics are coming from, unlike some comic book haters.

Posted by Wolverine08

Seeing as how I got into Daredevil via Bendis' run recently, I can see how long time DD fans can be put off the tone of Waid's series.

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Posted by PunyParker
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@farkam said:

I heard many good things about Waid's Daredevil. I never got around to reading, so it looks like i'm a little late to the party.

How are you late? You can still pick up the old issues or start with the new series.
BB

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@lvenger said:

@smashbrawler said:

@lvenger said:

So people aren't allowed to express their dislike for such a radical change of direction for one of their favorite characters? And this is coming from someone who likes Waid's DD.

Of course they are, I'd never strip people of that right ever. But it's always so soon and expediently that these guys deliver their verdict. Heck daredevil21134 commented straight away to get his disdain for Waid's run out the way. I know people dislike it but commenting that soon is a bit odd from my POV.

I commented on it because somebody asked for my opinion, get the facts straight partner.I didn't just come here to whine I was asked and I responded

Edited by Extremis

Woah, it's getting heated in here. Shame.

Anyway, great issue. Absolutely loved it! Can't wait for more. Let this "all-new" Waid and Samnee run go on for 100 issues!

Edited by Lvenger

@daredevil21134: That was not clear at all, it looked as if your comment was deleted and PunyParker was asking for you to respond to your comment. Make context like that clearer next time and don't get aggressive with me just for pointing out the obvious issues with commenting negatively too early.

Posted by daredevil21134

@lvenger said:

@daredevil21134: That was not clear at all, it looked as if your comment was deleted and PunyParker was asking for you to respond to your comment. Make context like that clearer next time and don't get aggressive with me just for pointing out the obvious issues with commenting negatively too early.

Well if you're not sure don't make assumptions. I even told Puny Parker to lets continue in a PM to avoid ruining this review for all the supporters of the series.And I also kept my criticism of the issue at a minimum by simply saying my opinion remains the same. Aggressive, i'm not aggressive at all, sorry if it seems that way.I don't just rush to a DD review to criticise the book when they are forums for that and you seemed to be accusing me of doing that.

Posted by manwithoutshame

And thus another golden age of Daredevil continues...

Posted by Lvenger

@daredevil21134: It's fine, I rushed to conclusions as well on this matter. And you at least have a point and a basis for your criticisms unlike other haters of certain characters so your opposition is much more civilised and reasonable in all honesty.

Posted by daredevil21134

@lvenger said:

@daredevil21134: It's fine, I rushed to conclusions as well on this matter. And you at least have a point and a basis for your criticisms unlike other haters of certain characters so your opposition is much more civilised and reasonable in all honesty.

Shake hands?

Edited by Wolverine08

That said, even though I'm pretty cool with Waid's Daredevil, wouldn't mind a little more dark and noir filled Daredevil......

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@lvenger said:

@punyparker: Actually a lot of people don't like Waid's Spider-Man depiction from what I've seen online. Waid gets a lot of criticism on his Spider-Man stories which have now been eclipsed by the raging Hulk fanboys who perceive that an injustice equal to the Daredevil fans' chagrin has been performed on Hulk by Waid.

And really, this review has already been flooded by the Anti Waid Brigade?

And I'm the brigadier

Edited by PunyParker

@lvenger said:

@punyparker: Actually a lot of people don't like Waid's Spider-Man depiction from what I've seen online. Waid gets a lot of criticism on his Spider-Man stories which have now been eclipsed by the raging Hulk fanboys who perceive that an injustice equal to the Daredevil fans' chagrin has been performed on Hulk by Waid.

And really, this review has already been flooded by the Anti Waid Brigade?

And I'm the brigadier

Heh.....

Posted by InnerVenom123

HOW DARE COMICS BE FUN

FUN IS FOR CHILDREN

WE, THE MATURE COMMUNITY OF NECKBEARDED F**KS (PATENT PENDING, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, *TIPS LE FEDORA*), DEMAND GRITTY

EDGY

D A R K

ENTERTAINMENT

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

HOW DARE COMICS BE FUN

FUN IS FOR CHILDREN

WE, THE MATURE COMMUNITY OF NECKBEARDED F**KS (PATENT PENDING, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, *TIPS LE FEDORA*), DEMAND GRITTY

EDGY

D A R K

ENTERTAINMENT

Yep, not a total exaggeration or anything

Posted by brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie

@innervenom123: You are trying so hard it's seriously embarrassing for you bro

Edited by VeganDiet

You had dark grim Daredevil for years and years! 3 years of a super hero book where the lead isn't constantly miserable and you're complaining?

Jesus, this is tied with Thor: GOT for best Marvel book being put out right now. Enjoy comics actually being fun every now and then. My God.

Posted by InnerVenom123

@jonny_anonymous: You should know I literally only deal in exaggerations and hyperbole 100% of the time, all the time, no matter what.

@innervenom123: You are trying so hard it's seriously embarrassing for you bro

I'm rusty, give me credit. It's been a while since I was in this hive of scum and villainy.

You replied, that's what matters.

Here's a cookie.

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@innervenom123: Actually I think Mark Waid is fantastic on this series, you're just acting like a huge douchebag using 5 years out-of-date buzzwords like fedora, neckbeard, and "le" to make you sound SO MUCH COOLER than everyone else.

Also, sweet ironic use of Comic Sans kiddo

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@innervenom123: What the hell are you talking about? Are you from 4chan? Wow, you really are scum.

Posted by InnerVenom123

@innervenom123: What the hell are you talking about? Are you from 4chan? Wow, you really are scum.

I used to be a Comicvine regular, then I wandered around from site to site after the place got boring for a while. But every now and then, things pick up, and here I am.

(In case this didn't occur to you, I was also using the buzzwords ironically. That whole post was like 98% irony.

Or is it satire?

Sh*t.)

Posted by brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie
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Posted by InnerVenom123

You had dark grim Daredevil for years and years!

3 years of a super hero book where the lead isn't constantly miserable and you're complaining?

Enjoy comics actually being fun every now and then. My God.

10/10 post.

Posted by MixMastaMicah5

Damn this was good. Samnee is killing it, I'm not sure how the man can be so great, the panel details are extraordinary.

Any thoughts on the status of Foggy? I was confused by the last page.

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