Now that the MCU is part of pop culture, it’s crazy to think there was a time when it was just considered something for comic book nerds. It’s now something talked about daily, with every decision, casting, plot point, and character dissected by fans. While initially launched as films, the universe expanded to the loosely connected television shows that spanned ABC, Hulu, Netflix, and then the more tightly connected shows on Disney+.
Daredevil was the breakout hit of that television expansion, coming after the lukewarm reception of the initial film starring Ben Affleck. The Netflix adaptation resembled more of the comics in both the characters and the look. Daredevil: Black Armor #1 returns us to a specific time in Daredevil’s history, when he donned a new costume and written by D.G. Chichester who returns to the character in this series.
Chichester wastes no time diving right into various aspects of this time period with Matt needing to fix his costume along with dealing with a rash of missing people in the area. He’s adopted a new name and background but he’s still the do-gooder, using his fists and brain to help those around him.
Chichester gives readers a little background as to the evolution and need for the new armor but doesn’t linger too long on the history. Instead, we get lots of action, some moments that feel very Daredevil, solid villains, and a reveal as to who is behind the missing people hinting at something more nefarious.
Netho Diaz’s art for Daredevil: Black Armor #1 is pretty dynamic and gorgeous. Along with JP Mayer on ink, Andrew Dalhouse on color, and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the comic looks sharp balancing the varied action. Some of that action might be a simple confrontation while others have the fists, and clubs, flying. Diaz and the team deliver a look that’s solid and takes you back to the time in some ways. Daredevil in his armor looks sharp and almost makes you nostalgic for the controversial costume it looks so good.
Overall, Daredevil: Black Armor #1 is an excellent debut issue that shows why Chichester is a true storyteller and makes you want to go and read his original Daredevil run. The story is exciting and while it doesn’t add to the time period it uses it nicely. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, Daredevil: Black Armor #1 is one of the best debuts this year.
Story: D.G. Chichester Art: Netho Diaz
Ink: JP Mayer Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy
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