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DAREDEVIL VOL. 1: ENDINGS

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I’m going to do you, all my readers, a huge favor by ending my “panel from every Daredevil” series now.

Volume One just goes downhill from here.  Joe Kelley has a run, and it’s substandard to his usual work.  It’s drawn by Gene Colan who was phoning it in so bad that John Byrne actually said in interviews at the time that Colan’s art was terrible.  I think he called it a bunch of lines and swirls or something.  It was a great interview but I can’t remember where I read it.

Then we have a run by Scott Lobdell that is absolutely horrendous–especially the art–followed by issue #380, the “last” issue of volume one, which is an old mothballed DG Chichester story.

From there, Kevin Smith rebooted the series in Volume 2 with a very weird story about a devil-baby and Karen Page getting AIDS.  Extremely melodramatic.  I read it a long time ago and I’ll be damned if I buy it again.

Brian Michael Bendis’ run with Michael Lark is, of course, absolutely phenomenal.  But there’s lots of articles already written about it, I’ve read it already about three times, and I just have no interest in reading it yet again.

Brubaker took over after that and returned the series to the Volume One numbering.  He did a great job, by the way, but again I just don’t feel like reading it again.  Maybe someday.

Then Andy Diggle finally killed off the series with his godawful Shadowlands story, leading us to the current Volume 3 by Mark Waid.

Mark Waid’s Daredevil is one of the greatest comics of all time, and someday, when he’s done, I’ll return to this series to share my thoughts and appreciation.

Until then, this blog feature is closed.

Not sure what I’ll read next–I can’t just read Spidey–but I want to do a non-Marvel.

Any suggestions?

 

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DAREDEVIL #310-364

Daredevil by Warren Ellis

I’ll be damned if I search out, buy, or read these Daredevil comics.  These four years’ worth of issues offer one single good issue: #343, written by Warren Ellis.  During this time, DD trades in his red costume for a suit of armor, there’s a villain who is actually named Surgeon General, there are terribly drawn issues and terribly written issues, and one creator actually puts an “Alan Smithee” on a book.  Alan Smithee is the name used by film people when they DON’T want credit on something they wrote because they know it’s awful.  The publisher did everything in its power to tear apart and destroy one of my favorite characters, even after groundbreaking runs by Frank Miller, Denny O’Neil and Ann Nocenti.  The Ellis comic is good because, as shown above, he has Murdock actually questioning the terrible deconstruction of his own comic.

Why did Marvel even keep publishing this crap from month to month?

 

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DAREDEVIL #304-309

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We certainly do, and it’s you, Daredevil.  Here we begin a long, several-year span of very mediocre to very bad Daredevil comics.  The art seems rushed and crammed, the colors are dull and listless, the stories are ridiculous….A very bad time to be reading DD.

 

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DAREDEVIL #297-300

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kingpin born againChichester’s Daredevil is basically a recall of Frank Miller.  He plays with all of Miller’s toys: The Hand, Kingpin, Karen Page, etc., and this arc is basically “born again” but this time it’s Kingpin who gets torn down and left with only the things he values most.

Along the way, SHIELD gets involved…But they really don’t need to be.  They’re setting up some connection between Wilson Fisk and HYDRA, but none of it really matters much.

We do get art by Lee Weeks, though.  He’s great.  Look at that panel to the right of Kingpin.  So strong, so vicious.

It’s not a terrible arc, but Chichester doesn’t really get the character of DD very much.  In my last post, Daredevil used a pistol.  In this arc, he “reads” a computer screen.  We all know he can “read” a newspaper by feeling the raised print, but how is that remotely possible on a computer screen?

Little things like that make Chichester’s Daredevil only mediocre.  It’s saved by the overall scripting and story beats, which are pretty good.

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