Chuck Moore on the issue!
I've been really blown away by the recent storyline within Daredevil. The art in the main series is some of my favorite in comics today and I've found myself loving the new direction the title has taken. Matt Murdock/Daredevil has become the classic anti-hero sliding to the dark side. The journey is interesting, has made a lot of sense given his life over the last few years and provided a great basis to tell this story. The secondary anticipation of a possible course correction and redemption motivates my interest even more.
I'm always a sucker for a redemptive villain and doubly curious to see if that will be the case here. Will he become the new big bad of the Marvel U? Will he be more interesting than the Red Hood in this journey (one can only hope)? Will the Hand win out in the end? I don't know, but I plan to hang out for the ride and be back at the same DD time and same DD channel next week.
I will admit I was a bit surprised when the street level heroes of the Marvel U were given their own event but I'm really looking forward to all the issues associated with this one. It has to be said that the cover by John Cassaday was really disappointing. I hoped that wasn't what I would find when I opened the issue. Thankfully, it wasn't and Billy Tan's art is really solid here keeping the feel of Marco Checchetto's art from the main series. That's no small act to follow as Marco's sense of scene and atmosphere is something I get more and more excited about with each issue.
So how about the story? Quite good overall, but there are elements that don't ring as "epic" as the normal Daredevil issues have been. The conversation between the Avengers, Luke Cage and Iron Fist felt a bit forced, but forgivable. What shines in this one is what should shine... the emergence of the dark version of Dardevil and the, already classic, fight between Daredevil and Bullseye. The homage to the death of Elektra (who should never have returned from the dead in this reader's opinion) was a nice touch and the genuine surprise of Bullseye's face was quite fun to see. If this is to be his swan song, he went out surprised. Start to finish, a solid start to the event with just a few forgivable flaws. In the end, it's all worth it just to see Power Man (aka Luke Cage) and Iron Fist in action together once again. That did my heart good.
Take A Look Inside
The Official Word From Marvel Comics
COVER BY: John Cassaday | WRITER: Andy Diggle | PENCILS: Billy Tan
COLORED BY: Christina Strain | LETTERED BY: Neurotic Cartoonist, Inc.
THE STORY: Matt Murdock Dared Evil ... and lost! The battle for the soul of a hero begins! Pushed beyond his limits, Daredevil faces off for a final time against his deadliest foe -- Bullseye -- in their most brutal battle ever with more than just Hell's Kitchen is at stake. Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Punisher and more join forces to stop a war that is breaking out throughout New York, with Daredevil at the center. This event will change the streets of New York City - and the heroes that protect it - forever. Plus, a jaw-dropping final page that will have everyone talking for years to come! Rated T
IN STORES: July 8, 2010
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