Friday, January 14, 2011
Flashback Friday: Bendis and Maleev's Daredevil run.
Brian Michael Bendis' run on Daredevil (often accompanied by Alex Maleev) can be spread out over two thick omnibuses, or a bunch of "Ultimate Collections". It is long, and it is beautiful. Why? Let's continue...
Let's get this out of the way, the parts of Daredevil's run by Bendis that most remember and love doesn't really start until issue 26, when the whole "Kingpin is attacked" scene happens. Also, if you don't read the first Daredevil book by Kevin Smith a few things might not make sense, e.g. why the Kingpin is currently blind, who Karen Page is/was, and a few other things. However, when I first read this run I had the same problem, having not read earlier issues, but I still followed along fine. What made this run so great however? Well, Bendis took the concept of a secret identity and did something shocking, he outed Matt Murdock as Daredevil. If you think about it, it made perfect sense. The Kingpin knew who Daredevil was, the Kingpin's crew knew, various other people knew, his identity was essentially an open secret. However, when someone spills the beans and all hell breaks loose, it is something to behold.
5 out of 5 stars (for the overall run).
Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Ultimate Collection - Book 1
Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Ultimate Collection - Book 2
Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev Ultimate Collection - Book 3
Buy at least the first and if you don't get hooked I'll be surprised.