DAREDEVIL #2

Review by: keith7198

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Story by Mark Waid
Art by Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera
Colors by Javier Rodriguez
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Paolo Rivera

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

Mark Waid blew me away with Daredevil #1 and his fresh take on Matt Murdock. After years of being bludgeoned to death with dark story after dark story, Waid gave us a lighter Daredevil that was a welcomed change. Issue #2 picks up right where the first book left off. Captain America confronts Matt about the events of Shadowland and it starts the book off with a bang. It takes up the first one-third of the issue and features some well scripted action sequences and great dialogue. From there Daredevil continues his search for answers surrounding the Jobrani case from which he was fired. This leads to a strangely cool and satisfying ending that really has me ready for the next issue.

Waid is doing some great thing with Daredevil (and we’re only two issues in). He puts together some beautifully written scenes from the Captain America encounter to my personal favorite, a fantastic two page scene between Foggy and Kirsten. Everything clicks with the exception of a strange sequence where Daredevil questions litigator Gene Loren. Daredevil stands below him peeping over a ledge during the conversation. That’s not a big thing but it looked a little goofy. That combined with Gene’s weird “I thought I was hearing voices” thing just didn’t work for me. But Waid ends the issue on a high note and has really set up an interesting story.

I can’t say enough about how well Paolo Rivera’s art works with this take on Daredevil. His pencils and Javier Rodriguez’s colors are just as much responsible for the fresh tone of this series as Mark Waid. It’s a clean, simple, and classic style that I personally love. His action scenes have a gorgeous flow to them and his characters look great. It’s hard to find anything to gripe about with what we’re given here.

Waid and Rivera give us another great issue in this new look at Daredevil. The story isn’t quite as polished as the first book but it’s still very, very good. The art is brilliant and a perfect compliment to Waid’s vision. I’m hooked on this book and can’t wait to see what’s next.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent

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