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Review: Daredevil #1

The time honored rule that Daredevil is a sure bet to be a quality Marvel comic continues with his latest volume from Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto, and Sunny Gho. Charles Soule’s previous run on Daredevil left him a mess as he recovered from being hit by a truck while he pushed a kid out of the way in a dark mirror of his Stan Lee and Bill Everett crafted origin story. Zdarsky and Checcheto’s Daredevil has lost a step and is taking more risks, such as casual sex with a side dish of almost torching buildings to stop shopliftters. And this is in a world where Wilson Fisk is mayor, and the NYPD has a new top cop that loves arrests, and collars, especially of vigilantes.

Marco Checchetto’s tortured artwork matches the plotline, and Sunny Gho spends a lot of time muting and keeping colors in the shadows even Daredevil’s red costume. The exception is the flashbacks to Matt’s visits to Mass as a boy because there’s a little light beaming through the windows. But Matt is in pain throughout Daredevil #1 as he writhes in bed, pops pain pills, hits the side of the rooftops he’s leaping, and has trouble with petty criminals, which is the sure sign of a rusty criminal.

And this rustiness doesn’t mix well with the fact that Zdarsky and Checchetto show that Daredevil enjoys beating on criminals. This is set up in the flashback when a priest tells a young Matt Murdock in a more professional/spiritual leader manner that it’s okay to break the law in the service of justice as long as he isn’t caught. This becomes a slippery slopes that starts at stealing back his friend’s baseball cards to beating men with his bare hands.

Zdarsky and Checchetto don’t rush these confession sequences showing Daredevil/Matt’s reactions to what he has done and giving the priest soliloquies. (The final one implies that Daredevil is playing God.) Even if he doesn’t even smell a church in the present day, Zdarsky and Checchetto do an excellent job of showing how Catholicism and an absent father influenced Daredevil. They craft scenes between the “big” events of young Matt’s life, namely, his accident and his father’s death that informs his character in the present day.

Although, Chip Zdarsky has written and/or drawn many comedic comics, like Sex Criminals, Jughead, and Howard the Duckhis fairly recent work for Marvel like Daredevil and Invaders has taken on a darker bent. Not in an edgy way, but in a “Never underestimate the propensity of humans to commit violent acts” way. Matt can be charming when he flirts with a stranger at the bar (Checchetto makes him quite attractive too), but all that charm is out the window as a red devil scampers the roof of Hell’s Kitchen purposefully putting himself on display to strike fear.

And this is where the arc title comes into play, “Know Fear”. Zdarsky and Checchetto have replaced the inward part of feeling no fear with the outward part of striking fear into everyone around Daredevil. He isn’t trying to sneak back into his life as life, but wants to make headlines even in a world where his worst enemy is the most powerful man in New York City. It’s the shadow child of the openly confident Daredevil of Mark Waid’s run. After what Daredevil went through at the end of Soule’s run and the tortuous Man Without Fear mini, it’s an earned darkness.

Daredevil #1 concludes its powerful exploration of Daredevil’s use of violence and life after a dangerous accident with Chip Zdarsky written and drawn backup story that’s a real treat. It’s a bit of a riff on the hallway fight sequence from Marvel Netflix’s Daredevil where the hero successfully cares a child to safety while being involved in a single take fight scene. Zdarsky uses grids to keep up the rhythm of the fight as well as strategic uses of overwhelming lettering and claustrophobic panels to show how he sometimes overwhelmed by loud noises. The entire exercise shows that Zdarsky is a formalist with heart, who can get to the essence of an iconic superhero.

Daredevil #1 is the dark, tortured, Old Testament God take on the Man without Fear that we deserve from Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto, and Sunny Gho. You should read this comic instead of signing those silly Change.org petitions to bring the Netflix show back.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Marco Checchetto
Colors: Sunny Gho Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.8 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Daredevil #1

Matt Murdock is bruised and beaten but that doesn’t mean Daredevil is dead. Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto, Sunny Gho, and Clayton Cowles take us on the next adventure of Murdock and Daredevil as he starts his fight again.

Get your copy of Daredevil #1 in comic shops February 6! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Invaders #1

Namor is scheming and building his forces. It has something to do with his experiences as part of the Invaders during World War II. Out to stop whatever he’s up to is Captain America, Bucky, and the original Human Torch.

Invaders #1 is by Chip Zdarsky, Carlos Magno, Butch Guice, Alex Guimares, and Travis Lanham.

Get your copy in comic shops on January 16! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Star Wars: Age of Republic Special #1

Star Wars: Age of Republic Special #1

(W) Ethan Sacks, Jody Houser, More (A) Carlos E. Gomez, Paolo Villanelli, More (CA) Rod Reis
Rated T
In Shops: Jan 16, 2019
SRP: $4.99

THE GREATEST HEROES OF THE REPUBLIC, THE DEADLIEST VILLAINS – AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN!
Four creative teams! Four stories featuring your favorite Star Wars characters!
• The baddest Jedi in the galaxy has a score to settle – MACE WINDU returns in an action-packed adventure from OLD MAN HAWKEYE’S Ethan Sacks!
• You can run, but can you hide from the twin lightsabers of Sith assassin ASAJJ VENTRESS? Feel her fury in a tale expertly woven by veteran STAR WARS comic scribe Jody Houser (THRAWN, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS).
• And is JAR JAR BINKS’ role in the Star Wars story over? NOT BY A LONG SHOT! Because Chip Zdarsky (PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN and MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE) has a rancor bone to pick with the galaxy’s most notorious Gungan.
• You can take the clone out of the war but you can never take the war out of the clone – CAPTAIN REX dusts off his blaster and enters the fray in a story by X-MEN: GOLD author Marc Guggenheim.

Star Wars: Age of Republic Special #1

Spider-Man: Life Story has Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley Exploring Peter’s Life from Beginning to End

n 1962, the world watched as teenager Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider…allowing him to become the Amazing Spider-Man! It’s been fifty-seven years since the Amazing Fantasy #15, the story that brought everyone’s favorite wall-crawler into the Marvel Universe and jumpstarted some of the most adventurous super hero stories ever — but what if Spider-Man had aged at the same rate as our world?

Join acclaimed writer Chip Zdarsky and superstar Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley for Spider-Man: Life Story – a tale encompassing the entire history of Spider-Man from beginning to end, set against the key events of each decade! As the series kicks off in March, the year is 1966, and Peter Parker must determine where his power and responsibility truly lies as the nation becomes embroiled in the Vietnam War.

Grab some webbing and swing through history with Peter Parker in this special, high-end limited series, debuting as part of the celebration of Marvel’s 80th anniversary! The first issue features a main cover by Zdarsky and a variant by Marcos Martin. It all begins this March in your local comic shops.

Spider-Man: Life Story

Preview: Namor: The Best Defense #1

Namor: The Best Defense #1

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Carlos Magno (CA) Ron Garney
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 05, 2018
SRP: $4.99

“THE BEST DEFENSE” PART TWO!
• The Monarch of the Oceans has declared war once more on the surface world in the pages of AVENGERS. And if this is a war that Namor means to win, he is going to need allies to stand beside him!
• The Sub-Mariner’s quest for a lost tribe of sea-dwellers carries him further than he ever thought possible-and to a reckoning both strange and wonderful!
• And hey, what’s up with that weird apparition in the sheet, anyway?

Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto take on Daredevil starting in February

After his death, Daredevil will usher in an all-new creative team this February!

Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Marco Checchetto will step into Hell’s Kitchen following Charles Soules’ memorable run, while inheriting the legacy of pulling Daredevil out of an impossible situation. But with the Death of Daredevil, how will our hero’s story continue?

You’ll have to wait until February to find out! Daredevil #1 is out February 6 with a cover from Julian Totino Tedesco.

Preview: Archie Meets Batman ’66 #4

ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN ‘66 #4

Script: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
Variant Covers: Rebekah Isaacs, Les McClaine, Joe Quinones, Billy Tucci w/ Paul Mounts, Chip Zdarsky
On Sale Date: 10/31
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

In Gotham, it’s Jughead vs. the Joker! Meanwhile, back in Riverdale, all the boys are under the spell of the mysterious new teacher. With the heroes in the throes of a death trap will Batman be able to save Riverdale before it’s too late?

Preview: Marvel Two-In-One #11

Marvel Two-In-One #11

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Ramon K. Perez (CA) Paul Renaud
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 31, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE FANTASTIC FOUR are BACK!
• But there’s fallout from their absence, both in the universe and in the family. The THING and MISTER FANTASTIC go on a voyage to rectify mistakes and heal wounds.
• But is it too late?

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