Snap Judgements by Randy Lander (email@example.com)
Marvels Comics Daredevil #1
WHAT IT'S ABOUT:
A Tony Isabella/Eddy Newell collaboration is a rare treat, usually seen on DC's Black Lightning. This book has a similar feel, with an urban setting and a protagonist who looks after others in his normal identity. It also blends nicely with what's known of Daredevil in the Marvel Universe, with him taking on a mysterious and powerful crime lord and protecting Hell's Kitchen. It reads like an extrapolation of what is known, and yet is completely off-target. On top of being one of the books that really feels like it could have been a comic published in the Marvel Universe, it's a self-contained, well-crafted tale.
On with the show...
WHAT I LIKED:
In the space of this issue, we're introduced to a lot of characters, and we're made to care about most of them. Jimmy Fyre is the prototypical tough but kind-hearted guy, with a past to atone for and a bruiser's attitude, reminding me a bit of what Happy Hogan might have been if he'd never met Tony Stark. The boys are reminiscent of the Newsboy Legion, with an exaggerated property that makes an easy handle on their character, and Daredevil is a good example of the monster with a conscience. The scenes where Daredevil and Jimmy talk show a tender and human relationship between the two which is probably some of the best stuff in the issue.
In broad strokes, this resembles what the public would know of the Daredevil story. He's a vigilante in Hell's Kitchen who scares the hell out of criminals, and he has had an ongoing feud with a powerful and well-connected crime lord. I can easily see a writer extrapolating from that and coming up with this. Warlord is more of your standard super-villain than the Kingpin (his almost certain analogue), wearing battle armor and enacting master plans, which is perfect for the exaggerated style that Marvels Comics would use.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
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