I bought this comic on principle: I love Daredevil, and I love the potential in the art form of black and white comic books. Unfortunately, few b&w books actually achieve that potential, mostly because they’re done as novelty done-in-ones or anthologies. This one is no different. The first story is by Peter Milligan, and it’s passable but predictable: DD is offered the chance to get his sight back, but decides against it. I’m sure you can figure out why, but if not, don’t read the next paragraph unless you want the “suprise” spoiled.
(That’s right! Seeing actually makes him less powerful! Why? They don’t explain that. Nor do they explain why a sighted person can’t also use radar. Seems to work for submarine captains and airplane pilots. But whatever.)
The second story is a snoozer about Kingpin by Rick Spears. And the third is actually a short story–I mean, with paragraphs and everything. If I want to read words all strung together like that, I’ll pick up the copy of that Joe Strummer biography I’ve been trying to get through for the last few months. It’s by Ann Nocenti, and I have never been a fan of her take on DD anyway.
As for the art, it’s great. I love black and white art. The art chores are by Jason Latour, Mick Bertilorenzi, and then by David Aja, who also did the terrific cover.
My recommendation is to buy this to encourage the art form and/or to look at the pictures. But if you’re like me, the words will only annoy you.