Rating: 4/5 – Daredevil Gets a Bit Darker Again with Soule.
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
In my opinion, Daredevil has had one of it’s best runs of all time with Waid and Samnee last year. It was lighter in tone not only from the clean art and brighter colors, but also in Matt Murdock’s personality. For years that included Bendis’ and Brubaker’s stellar runs, the book was dark, matching Murdock’s brooding personality. Waid and Samnee came along a made him more of the swashbuckling hero he was when he first appeared. Now in an all new number one issue, writer Charles Soule and artist Ron Garney seem to have brought a touch of dark back to the character, not only in tone but costume as well.
The art and colors are a big change from what we’ve seen the past few years. The color palette is a mix of dark reds, blacks and off-shades of whites. It looks good, but it’s different. There’s a uniform look throughout the entire issue and although I prefer the brighter colors, I liked this take as well. Garney’s art is always enjoyable and it’s no different here, his sharp and chiseled lines make for some great action, and although I’m not a fan of the new black costume, it works with Garney and color artist Matt Milla’s take on the book.
Besides the new costume, the biggest change in story is that no one except for Foggy knows that Matt and Daredevil are one in the same. Just how this came to be is still a mystery that Soule will have to reveal, but what used to be such a major part of Daredevil’s life changed so many years ago by Bendis, is no longer in play. I like the idea of Murdock hiding his true identity, but I’ll reserve judgement until I see just how Soule explains it all. There’s also a brand new villain and a new sidekick introduced that I’m looking forward to reading more about. Overall, although I’m not as excited for the dramatic shift in tone, I enjoyed this first issue quite a bit. Soule and Garney are taking Daredevil in a new direction from both a personality and art style. After reading this first issue I’m open to what they have in store for Matt Murdock!
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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