Having never read any Daredevil stories before outside of guest appearances in Spider-Man comics, I never really got into him. However, Mark Waid give...moreHaving never read any Daredevil stories before outside of guest appearances in Spider-Man comics, I never really got into him. However, Mark Waid gives the guy a tremendous voice and makes him distinct. His flip demeanor contrasts with his lawyer's mindset, making this first arc really something else. The best part about it was that I didn't feel lost reading it; clearly, Daredevil's secret identity was compromised prior to the beginning of the series, and Matt Murdock in the process of trying to put the genie back into the bottle by lying his ass off. But I got it and Waid writes the story in such a manner that new readers (i.e. ME!) don't feel left out or lost, yet doesn't take up a bunch of time trying to catch them up either. That's all a comic book has to do to get me on board: give me enough to get it while not treating me like I'm stupid.(less)
I hated the narrator and felt he was wrong throughout the entire story, plus the wife feels conveniently the complete opposite of who the character wa...moreI hated the narrator and felt he was wrong throughout the entire story, plus the wife feels conveniently the complete opposite of who the character was in the first book. I couldn't stop myself from pausing periodically and cursing the narrator throughout the story and the author for trying to make the narrator seems sympathetic. It was still a quick read, though.(less)
Usually, I'm a fan of letting stories breathe, but at nine issues, this mini-series felt a little bloated. Jim Cheung is one of my favorite artists wo...moreUsually, I'm a fan of letting stories breathe, but at nine issues, this mini-series felt a little bloated. Jim Cheung is one of my favorite artists working today, and Heinberg has some great dialogue, but the pacing was really off in the story. The plot felt a little too fan-fiction-y for my tastes, but that often seems to be Young Avengers gimmick: younger versions of the Avengers that can die and be replaced at a whim but they're also "totally awesome" and can beat Magneto and Dr. Doom on their own. Again, Goodreads limited star system would be better served with half stars because this earned a solid 3 1/2 star rating.(less)
This is definitely a two star book given the bump mostly due to one character.
Here's my preconceived notion about single character focused series: Whi...moreThis is definitely a two star book given the bump mostly due to one character.
Here's my preconceived notion about single character focused series: While some details travel between stories, each book is a standalone tale with a recognizable main character serving as the draw that continues to bring readers back. When I hear about the Karen Sisco books or the Jack Reacher series, this is what I picture. But maybe I'm the one who's wrong. Judging by the second Raylan Givens book, which is as direct a sequel as one could possibly get from the first story (Pronto), there's definitely more than just Raylan Givens to worry about. And that's frustrating. I'm just wondering if it really should be.
Raylan takes a more prominent role in this one, but Harry, the annoying drunk mafia bookkeeper from last time, sticks around in a diminished capacity, as does Joyce, the lady who left the latter for the former. The good moments that come with Raylan are mitigated by the bad that accompany Harry and Joyce. My hope with the events from the last book wrapped up was that they would be out of the picture, and, instead, the entire plot hinges on Harry's location, something Raylan figures out relatively quickly. Raylan's hands are tied by the nature of his position as a US marshal, however, and most of the entertaining aspects of the whole book come from Raylan attempting to work around his job in order to help out his sort-of friend.
Leonard's style, especially his dialogue, is great when there are likable or intriguing characters, but the kidnappers, Joyce, Harry and Dawn aren't likable nor intriguing. The scenes with Raylan at the center work best, but half of the novel sticks with the kidnappers and their plan that has no possible way of working. Since the next installment featuring Raylan is the short story that serves as the basis for the Justified television show, it might finally deliver on all of the aspects of the characters that made me want to read it in the first place.(less)