Review: Daredevil #6

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.

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Daredevil #1

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3 thoughts on “Review: Daredevil #6

  1. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve never been a big Daredevil fan, but my girlfriend pushed this run on me and I loved it. Also, in particular I really liked this issue’s cover art–very old boxer style.

    • The cover is pretty great. I think a huge part of the success of the whole thing as been the art teams Waid’s worked with so far. The entire design of the book is so vastly different from the last decade, it almost shouldn’t work… but because Martin, Rivera and others who worked on it have made it so visually distinct (and pleasurable!), I can’t help but get drawn in.

      Thanks for reading, by the way!

  2. I was a little late getting to this one (perhaps a symptom of the fact that my second child will be born within a week), but I have also found Waid’s current run on Daredevil to be quite enjoyable.

    I remember buying Ka-Zar written by Waid (probably almost 15 years ago now … time flies). I didn’t have a great deal of familiarity or affection for the character, but Waid spun such an awesome, relatable yarn that none of that mattered. It was great.

    Here, I have a lot more history and love for the character and Waid is still kicking goals. It doesn’t feel like the most “important” chapter in DD’s ongoing history, but this run is nevertheless high quality.

    I’ve been similarly impressed with Rucka’s take on Punisher, actually. Not amazing, but very solid and entertaining.

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