By Brad Dade
July 19, 2006 - 22:33
Before Ed Brubaker there was Brian Bendis. Before Bendis there was Kevin Smith. And before Smith there was...well pretty much a dozen or so years of shear awful boring stories staring the man without fear. But everyone knows before the mess otherwise known as the 1990's, Daredevil relied on his own man without fear, Frank Miller.
Frank Miller has had a long and distinguished comic career. But we're here to discuss what many consider the greatest Daredevil story ever. After an amazing run on Daredevil's ongoing as both writer and artist, Miller had left the book but returned as writer only for this 7 part story along with artist David Mazzuchelli. In a nut shell, the Kingpin learns of Daredevil's secret identity and uses the knowledge to Destroy him.
So, What's So Good about It?
Boy, where to start. While Miller shows us a great story of DD falling apart, it's the supporting characters that often shine. From the best, most cold, evil Kingpin ever, to DD supporters such as Foggy, Karen Page, even Ben Urich all showing Matt's fall from grace can affect them just as much. This storyline changed everything about Daredevil, as a book, as a character, and even as an example to show your friends that comics are not just for kids.
David Mazzuchelli's artwork surpasses anything Miller did as artist on this book. You don't need a dozen of pages of endless dialogue to get accoss the emotion the characters feel( yes, I'm taking a playful swipe at you, Mr. Bendis).Mazz's artwork tells the story just as well as Miller's script.
So, Is Anything Bad Here?
The only complaints while rereading this is some may be put off by the abrupt ending of the story. If felt that maybe there should have been a little more to it. On the other hand, we always want the best stories to never end.
Worth Another Look?
Definitely. Stills holds up even by today's standards. It's funny, at first I thought people might be put off by how little Matt Murdock runs around in his costume, but then again, when was the last time he wore it recently?