NEW AVENGERS #16
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Art by Mike Deodato
Colors by Rain Beredo
Cover by Mike Deodato, Rain Beredo, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson & Dean White
Size: 0 pages
Sometimes a retcon is absolutely necessary. In Daredevil’s case, it’s long past due. Here’s a guy who sits on his ass all day practicing law, and then spends his nights fighting crime while performing moves that would put a Cirque du Soleil acrobat or Olympic gymnast to shame. The character has simply evolved past his original conception. Maybe there was some gamma radiation in that radioactive waste that blinded Matt Murdock. Perhaps there was an element of the supernatural that placed Murdock where he would have a life altering accident, and this magic helped to make him what he became. A little supernatural influence would help justify the “devil” part of his name. Whatever. Daredevil’s powers need more explanation.
As for the gist of this comic? It’s an emotionally satisfying explanation of how Daredevil comes to join the New Avengers. Brian Michael Bendis makes good use of the interview technique, which I think was invented by Abnett and Laning in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” At least that was the first time I saw it used. With the addition of Daredevil to the roster of the New Avengers, this team could be evolving towards being a more street level version of the Avengers with characters like Daredevil, Spider-Man, Spiderwoman, Iron Fist and Hawkeye.
I like Deodato’s art in this comic. He shows us good facial expressiveness in the interview panels. Deodato’s male characters can look a bit stiff with their thrown back shoulders and massive deltoids, but I’ve seen ‘roided up dudes in the gym who really look like that, so Deodato is being realistic.
Art: 4 - Very Good