Lieutenant Bert Rose
At long last...a glimpse at the madman responsible for the fradulent broadcasts of Foggy and the living Kennedys! But Daredevil will have no time to recognize the significance of these broadcasts, because there's a new supervillian tearing a path of havok through the streets of New York. One whom Daredevil is absolutely powerless against...and there is only one man who can give him even a chance at victory.
Review: An off issue, sad to say. As with Marv's last off issue(#128) we
are given two superb pages before everything drops off. In this case,
however, the first two pages are actually worth buying the comic for. The
art is spectacular, the "when" box on the splash page is humorous without
destroying the mood, and the revelation of the villian behind the phony
broadcasts is quite a shocker. Marv's handling of this old DD foe is
already brilliant. The rest was spoiled by the fact that Marv had to
write Uri Geller into the storyline. The battle against Mind Wave(which
is pretty cool) took up the whole 15 pages allotted to him, leaving no
room for subplots. The idea of presenting a real person as a superhero
was simply too hokey, though Marv certainly did his best with it.
Still, not all of the issue's faults are thanks to this bizarre marketing ploy. For one, the art is wholely unimpressive after those first two pages; after being gone only one issue, Klaus is already missed. Second, DD is terribly mis-rendered in this issue. He's entirely too heedless and disregarding of authority, sharply in contrast to the bold hero finally considering the consequences of his actions who Marv presented in the past three issues. I wouldn't buy this issue unless you happen to be in the middle of reading through Marv W.'s run on the book. In that case, the first two pages are essential.
Portrayal and development of Daredevil as a character:2
My rating system:
1 = Poor. Plot is hackneyed, simplistic, nonsensical, or some combination of the three. Underlying themes, if they exist, are completely sick and twisted. Daredevil is mis-portrayed, and the issue either shows no development of his character or develops him in a way that makes little sense. Art is terrible, actually afflicting the comic. Should be avoided, unless it serves as a link between plotlines.
2 = Weak. Plot is hackneyed, simplistic, or nonsensical. Underlying themes are absent. Daredevil is not portrayed as a unique or striking character, and the issue shows no development of his character. Art is undistinguished, adding nothing to the comic. A generally bad comic, but with a few redeeming qualities.
3 = Satisfying. The plot may or may not be simplistic, but it works. Underlying themes are either mild or absent entirely. Daredevil is portrayed convincingly, and strongly enough that you care about what happens to him. His character is not developed, but you find out something about him that you may not have known before. Art is roughly average, with little or no weak points and a few strong panels. Worth buying, but not worth seeking out.
3+ = Excellent. Similar to 3, but better.
4 = Classic. The plot is original and multi-layered, but it is the strong underlying themes that make it a great story. Daredevil is portrayed intriguingly, and his character is either fleshed-out strongly or develops in a way that adds to the story rather than to the shock value. Art is strong and unique, with the characters portrayed passionately. A highly recommended comic.
5 = Essential. The plot is original, multi-layered, and engaging. The underlying themes are shocking and unusual, seeming to blind you with truth. Daredevil is portrayed as a complex, multi-faceted character; the comic is worth buying solely for a chance to truly see Daredevil. His personality is fleshed out and develops in a way that adds to the story rather than to the shock value. Art is powerful without being glossy, leaning towards the realistic touch that is the mark of a good DD comic. If you are a true DD fan, the only excuse for not buying this comic is not being able to find it.
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