Paul's Reviews > Daredevil, Volume 17: Hell to Pay, Volume 2

Daredevil, Volume 17 by Ed Brubaker
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Jul 22, 2010

really liked it
Read in July, 2008 — I own a copy

In superhero books, you expect a happy ending--such a formula grows tired, but then becomes reliable, and later comfortable. In crime books, a happy ending is never assured. With this and Volume 1, Brubaker has written a pitch-dark crime noir drama disguised as a superhero book. The effect is disconcerting and powerful. All the familiar elements--rampaging supervillains, a hero on the prowl, a mastermind bent for revenge--are there, but they refuse to cohere into a familiar or expected form. The effect is unsettling in the best possible way.

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