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Daredevil #1 Review

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Mark Waid takes the reigns of Daredevil as the series starts off with a new #1. But the question remains: is it good?

Matt Murdock is back to his "old self" in this new Daredevil series, and drama never seems to be far behind. From crashing a mobster wedding to fending off annoying bloggers, where will this new creative team take ol' Hornhead?

The Good

Before I get to the issue itself, I'd like to point out how gorgeous the cover. It really captures what Dardevil is, which I think is the whole point of the reboot.

Seeing Matt Murdock "back in the saddle," so to speak, is a breath of fresh air. This issue has it all: a brief recap of Daredevil's origin, his latest activities and what makes him important to the Marvel universe. This book kind of harkens back to a simpler time where things weren't as crazy; this is definitely a step in the right direction for a character that's as messed up as Matt.

I really didn't like what Shadowlands did to the character, so to see him deal with "normal" hero problems again just seems like Mark Waid has brought the character back on track, where he needed to be.

The art in this issue is superb, in a "simpler Chris Samnee" kind of way. There's a really creative use of panel flow in a sequence where Murdock and Foggy Nelson are crossing the street: we get to see a bunch of noises and how Murdock perceives them, which really lets us get into his head a little bit. I'm also a big fan of how some panels are drawn to represent how his powers would look visually: it's definitely a treat.

The Bad

This series seems to gloss over the recent weirdness of Shadowland in favour of a fresh start with Matt Murdock; while I'm not arguing that Shadownland was a bit less-than-perfect, it's shortsighted to avoid its existence altogether. It does pay homage to the more noir-ish Dardevil series of the early-to-mid 00's, which is a definite plus.

The Verdict

I've never been a big Daredevil fan, but I went into this book with an open mind and was definitely surprised by its quality. Hopefully Mark Waid has a long and productive run on this title: lord knows it could use it.

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12 Comments
Posted by CombatSpoon86

It was a great first issue. Haven't read any Daredevil since the bendis/brubaker run. Lately I've been reading a lot of Miller's Daredevil run. I'm really digging the back to basics so far. Can't wait til him and Cap go at it.

Posted by ImperiousRix

To be honest, the fact that they're pretty much ignoring the fact that Shadowland happened is okay in my book.  I'm an old school DD fan.  The stuff they've had him do in recent years has just seemed out of character, and it does my heart good that they're taking the book in a direction closer to the noir-ish story-lines.

Posted by longbowhunter

I was pleasantly suprised by how good this issue was. Glad to have a monthly DD title again, I really have missed the character. As far as Waid glossing over Shadowland, I dont think that'll happen. From what I know from interviews and such I think Matt would like to pretend that part of his life never happened but friends and allies arent going to let him. Enter Captain America.
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Posted by Samimista

I'll be reading this issue tomorrow.

Posted by hitechlolife

Best issue #1 I've read in a while. Loved cap's use of radar chaff that was clever. Loved seeing the Spot again too.

Posted by CombatSpoon86

Another thing I really liked about this comic is  how Waid incorporates Matt’s blindness and super-senses into the comic. How he sees the shapes of everything around him is so cool and something different in a daredevil comic.

Posted by Meteorite

Wasn't sure about this series, but now I've decided... I'm picking it up!

Posted by Jake Fury
@longbowhunter said:
I was pleasantly suprised by how good this issue was. Glad to have a monthly DD title again, I really have missed the character. As far as Waid glossing over Shadowland, I dont think that'll happen. From what I know from interviews and such I think Matt would like to pretend that part of his life never happened but friends and allies arent going to let him. Enter Captain America.

I definitely think Cap wants some answers.
Posted by Danial79

I've never read any DD before, so I think this made a good jumping on point, as I loved it :)

Posted by ultimatejones

i came in to ths thinking that it would be the wost of all the comics i buy this week but i was wrong, it was the best issue of the month to for me. im looking forward to #2
Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Finally! I want the trade so much!

Posted by nobodythere

Daredevil has been and always will be my favourite superhero. I was put off by the it-was-all-a-mental-break-down thing and Shadowland was even worse. Its nice to know Matty is getting back to being Matty again, hope it lasts!