Review: Daredevil #1

Daredevil_1_CoverBack in black and on his home turf, Daredevil begins again in New York City as a new enemy emerges. Meanwhile his alter ego, Matt Murdock, is on a new side of the law in the District Attorney’s office. Fighting crime in the shadows, prosecuting bad guys in the light, it’s a whole new chapter for our man without fear—including the arrival of the devil’s advocate. Welcome to Hell, Blindspot.

While some things are familiar, some things remain the same with the fifth volume of Daredevil kicking off with this week’s Daredevil #1. Written by Charles Soule, a real-life lawyer, Matt Murdock and Daredevil are again a secret with Matt Murdock practicing law in New York and Daredevil aiding him to deliver justice.

But, there’s some things that are very different. No longer defending individuals, Murdock is now prosecuting bad guys bringing together his day and night-time activities. Now, working as an Assistant District Attorney, Murdock is using his knowledge and skills to send criminals to jail through the legal process, instead of just implementing vigilante justice.

That subtle change is a big different in the Daredevil world.

Before, there’d be times where those two roles, defense attorney and superhero, would clash having justice being delivered by Murdock only in after hours. Here, he does double dose, and Daredevil is used more as a way to protect those needed to properly prosecute. Daredevil has gone from offensive to defensive in that way. An interesting switch which should be fun to see how it plays out.

New too is Blindspot, a new character who was introduced in the recent Point One comic. It’s helpful to read it to catch up on the character, but his introduction will be fascinating to see how it plays out. His use in this first issue feels a little forced in, and not natural for those who might have missed that comic. He kind of comes out of no where, pun intended. But, Daredevil with a protegé, especially this one, is something that could make this run stand out or sink depending on how he’s used.

The art is awesome and in many ways pays homage to two greats Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. Artist Ron Garney just does a fantastic job of presenting the character immediately cementing his vision for the series, and not playing off of the visuals of the past two. Garney is helped with Matt Milla who I assume is the one who’s responsible for the minimal color use, sticking to shades of black, red, white, and blue. It’s just a beautiful comic to look at.

Soule, Garney, and Milla set out to create a distinctive voice and look from the previous run, and they succeed. It’s best not to judge on what has come before since this is so different and is clearly trying to be. So far so good, in that the character is being brought back to his roots in many way, and at the same time we’re being given new things to keep us on our toes. I expect the first issue to be solid, and this team delivers an entertaining read.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Ron Garney
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review