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Review of Daredevil 100 (4 stars) January 4, 2008

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Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A great issue, I’m wishing I would have started here instead of with 99, I didn’t get lost once. 😉

I tend to like to start my reviews with the art, so this review won’t be any different. The art was … interesting. I’m definitely getting used to Lark’s style (whether or not I like it yet is TBD), but the switching of artists for different scenes was certainly something new. I think I liked it. It made sense as part of the story, because each artist drew a different “hallucination.” (Djurdjevic’s art was insanely awesome, as always. Likewise, using JR Sr for his old school look was great taste.) I think this is one of those instances where it worked very well here, but would be very weird anywhere else. (I’m also beginning to think the same thing about Lark, I think I like the way his art adds to the tone of the story, but I don’t think I would like his art outside of Daredevil). My main problem with the art (which probably has nothing to do with Lark), is it just me, or does Mr. Fear look like he could be Darth Vader’s brother? (No Matt! I am your father!)

The overall story was great. Kudos to Brubaker and the editors for realizing that a bunch of Daredevil noobs (myself included) would be picking up this issue for its landmarkiness. As I mentioned earlier, because this issue was written for noobs as well as long time fans, it was not only easy to understand, but easy to enjoy. I really enjoyed the disagreement between the two cops, one of them obviously wasn’t a firm believer in the SHRA (kudos to him!) Perhaps the best parts of the story were the “hallucinations” that took us through several key elements of Daredevil’s life a la Amazing Spider-Man 500. My favorite hallucinations were the ones with his father and Milla, they were very touching. (You didn’t see me just use that word, you were hallucinating). Of course, the scene that I was most curious about wasn’t a hallucination at all. Who was the exploding man? Why did Darth Fear want to kill him? Does it really have anything to do with the story, or did they just want a really cool explosion? Only time will tell…

That of course leads to the end of the issue, where Matt finds out what his wife did to that random guy at the subway. (Boy, that came out wrong). That, of course, sets up us for the next issue, which I will review next week, along with What If? Civil War, Silver Surfer: In Thy Name 3, and The Twelve 1. (More kudos to whoever got the “sets up us” reference. If you didn’t, perhaps it would help if I said something along the lines of “All your comic are belong to us.”)



Review of Daredevil 99 (3 stars) December 31, 2007

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Overall rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First of all, let me say that I may not be fully qualified to review this issue, (then again, who says I’m qualified to review comics at all?) as it was my first ever issue of Daredevil. But hey, ya gotta start somewhere, right?

I realize this issue is a little old, but since I’m not reading Spider-Man any more I thought I’d pick up Daredevil (something I’ve been contemplating for a while any way). I thought I was picking up part 1 of the current arc, but it turns out this is the last part of the previous arc. Oh well, now I’m a little more prepared for the current arc I guess.

Overall it was a pretty good issue. The main thing I didn’t like (except for the fact that is was hard to follow at times, but that’s because I’m new to the story) was the art (cover was good though) it was a little gritty and hard on the eyes, but I suppose it matches the theme of the book, so I can live with that. Besides, it’s no where near as bad as Yu’s art in New Avengers, at least here I can always tell who is who and what is going on, in NA sometimes I have really stare at the page to even understand what I am looking at.

Highlights of the issue: the whole crime-y feel, I haven’t read something that good in that area since the Gang Wars of Amazing Spider-Man, if this is what Daredevil is always like, I’m really going to like it. I also liked the scene with the cops, it’s good to see that even post-SHRA there is still some trust in the “illegal heroes.” Likewise, DD going out and beating everyone up out of anger while searching for info, really reminded of some of the best parts of Back in Black (I seem to be one of the few who actually enjoyed that storyline), and once again, I hope Daredevil is often like this. Of course all the suspense building up to Mr. Fear wasn’t as exciting for me as it was for others, because I’m not too familiar with him, but I understand that that part was supposed to be good.

Main thing I can’t wait to find out? What did Mr. Fear do to Milla? Cause it’s obvious he did something from that last line…

Also, what’s the deal with Lily Lucca? Why was Milla so angry with her? I tried looking her up online, but couldn’t really find anything. If anyone wants to tell me that’d be great, if not, I’m sure I’ll find out in some way or other in one of the upcoming issues.

Well shorter than normal review today, but I’m sure once I understand the world of Daredevil better, I’ll be able to go more in depth in my reviews.