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Daredevil, Volume 1 by Mark Waid
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Mar 26, 2012

it was amazing
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Read in March, 2012

Frank Miller might just become a forgotten thing of the past if Mark Waid keeps up this kind of work on DD. I'd counted Waid out years ago, when he was doing all that work for Crossgen, but it looks like I couldn't have been more wrong. This is just too good a book to be true.

Not that I'm comparing them to one another, they aren't comparable in any way other than their brilliance. Frank Miller turned DD into a seedy, gritty, dark, avenging anti-hero only a few steps away from the ledge that Frank Castle went over. Mark waid's take is extremely different but just as fantastic. Just when we all thought that the DD character was lost, bogged down by too many stories from too many writers with grandiose ideas that they can all be the next BM Bendis. Instead, it all came out as convoluted trash that bogged down the book and had editorial decisions that turned over the reigns to... wait... Black Panther? Jesus. If it isn't The Avengers or the X-Men Marvel has no idea how to handle it anymore except throw more fire on it until the damn thing burns to the ground in a heap no one can recognize.

Thankfully Mark Waid came to restore DD to its former glory, as a hero with a complex, but not convoluted, personal history. This DD-stripped-bare redesign is exactly what the character needed, along with a little brightening and a lot of spring cleaning. DD is fighting Klaw- which is amazing because his power is based on sound and Klaw is 'living soundwaves'- as well as championing the little guy in the courtroom as Matt Murdock. Its back to basics with some serious thought and effort behind the stories and its good to see some Silver Age style all-ages writing that can please both long-time fans and newcomers.
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