So, what do you do when Frank Miller leaves a series? Specifically, what do you do when one of the most popular and critically acclaimed comic book runs ends?
Answer: A couple filler issues, then bring in Wolverine to try to recapture the public’s interest.
These issues aren’t terrible. In fact, they’re pretty good. But they’re nowhere near as good as Frank Miller.
The best thing about these issues is Klaus Janson, who stayed on to handle both pencils and inks. No, he’s not as good a designer or penciller as Miller–but he’s close. Denny O’Neil signs on for issues #196 and 196. O’Neil’s run is actually damn good–it’s very underrated, largely because it’s sandwiched between Frank Miller’s first run and his return with Daredevil: Born Again, and these are some of the greatest comic books of all time.
O’Neil’s Daredevil was a little different: The focus was on the hero’s adventures, not the grit of the streets. But the character was still the same manipulative, selfish brawler created by Frank Miller. It was the tone of the book that changed, not the character work.