Mark Waid Daredevil #1 was one of the strongest comic debuts of the year. And though the series lost some of its manic energy and innovative style as the months wore on, it remained one of Marvel’s strongest titles, albeit one that we haven’t been talking about a lot lately. Though Daredevil #6 is far from the book’s most ambitious issue, it’s another great example of how strong storytelling, a great creative team and solid pacing can all work together to defy a character’s conventional tropes and create some amazing, memorable work.
Martin’s artwork on Daredevil remains expressive and energetic, with lively fight scenes and innovative illustrations for Daredevil’s radar sense. The fight with Bruiser is exciting (though Bruiser’s design remains fairly goofy), while the first two pages, in which Daredevil is underwater, are both great examples of the strengths of colorist Muntsa Vicente, who definitely works well with Martin to give Daredevil a fairly unique visual palate. Few artists have been as good as Martin at expressing Daredevil’s fearless, insane agility.
Waid’s writing is sharp as ever as he keeps finding creative new ways to use Daredevil’s abilities, but more importantly, as he finds ways to work in Murdock’s motor-mouthed attorney skills into his crime-fighting. Anyone with a passing interest in the character should be reading this book. Waid’s take defies seemingly everything we know about Daredevil, but is nevertheless some of the best work the character has ever seen.
– Cal C.