Posted tagged ‘Daredevil’

“Suddenly, I miss ninjas.”

September 26, 2011

I’m helping kick off Christopher Higgs’ new comics criticism series at HTMLGIANT with a post about Marvel’s relaunced Daredevil title. Check it out at the link:

Shortly before the arrival of DC Comics’ New 52, DC’s competitor Marvel released the first issue of a new series starring its blind crimefighter Daredevil. In light of the timing, the new Daredevil serves as a parallel study in what makes a relaunch succeed or fail. And, if the first few issues are any indication, a master class.

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Make Mine Marvel, Malapropist: How to Read Daredevil – pt. 2

June 10, 2010

I asked my friend (and EPA-co-writer) Nathan to join me for some back-and-forth about the status quo of Marvel’s maybe-most-put-upon hero, Daredevil.

PART ONE

Greg: Maybe it’s pointless to protest too much about one Daredevil story arc closely resembling another (too late!), because you’re bound to find variations on a theme if you followed the continued adventures of most other Marvel characters for long enough. Iron Man seems to be forever clashing with the evil dudes who piggy-back on his technological advances; the X-Men are always fighting superpowered radicals who either want to wipe out mutants for humankind’s sake, or wipe out humanity for mutantkind’s sake. (I’m not sure this trend is limited to Marvel, but then again, there isn’t one Batman or Superman story you’ll see repeated in the same way.) With Daredevil, we have the systematic ruining of Matt Murdock’s life, usually by a malevolent force with some help from Murdock himself, and/or Murdock questioning where his boundaries are as a vigilante (often overstepping them entirely). (more…)

Make Mine Marvel, Malapropist: How to Read Daredevil – pt. 1

June 5, 2010

I asked my friend (and EPA-co-writer) Nathan to join me for some back-and-forth about the status quo of Marvel’s maybe-most-put-upon hero, Daredevil.

Greg: A little under a year ago, in Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark‘s last Daredevil issue, Matt Murdock accepted an offer to lead the Hand, a clan of ninja assassins with whom he has long been enemies. From what I understand, current writer Andy Diggle‘s run has seen DD attempt to reform the Hand while perhaps overstepping his bounds as an urban vigilante.

Brubaker’s last issue ended with a hell of a cliffhanger, but Diggle’s first Daredevil comic didn’t make a good impression on me, and since then I’ve found no real incentive to check back in with the series.  That, and I’ve found everything else I’ve read by Diggle underwhelming—even before his tenure on DD began, he struck me as a less-capable writer than Brubaker, or for that matter Brian Michael Bendis. (more…)