Review by: akamuu

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WRITER: Andy Diggle & Antony Johnston
PENCILS: Marco Checchetto
INKS: Marco Checchetto
COLORED BY: Matt Hollingsworth
LETTERED BY: VC - Joe Caramagna
COVER BY: Paolo Manuel Rivera

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

I read this book twice.  Not because it was good.  Not because it was too complicated.  I read it twice because I wanted to pinpoint exactly why Diggle’s Daredevil run has failed to interest me.  I think Checchetto and Hollingsworth’s art is superb.  From a purely visual standpoint, it’s great.  And that’s not JUST because of the art.

I don’t know for certain if Diggle is plotting, and Johnston is writing, or whether they’re sharing duties, but they’re doing something wrong.

The Daredevil/Luke Cage book that came out recently had me really excited for Shadowland, and this issue took all that excitement away.

Whoever wrote the narration boxes and the dialog has tried really hard to give this an 80’s martial art film feel.  And, in some respect they succeeded.  But they succeeded in making this feel like a BAD 80’s martial art flick.  And while I LOVE bad 80’s martial art flicks, I love them because I can’t take them seriously.  Unfortunately,  this book wants to be taken seriously.

Story: 2 - Average
Art: 4 - Very Good


  1. Yeah, the Diggle Daredevil experience has been quite the rollercoaster.  I’m not really sure what to think about it yet.  I think after Shadowland is over, I’ll know if I’m comfortable with the direction he’s taking the book or not.  The inconsistency of writing has killed a lot of momentum for me.  At least we have over 100+ issues to tide us over till things get better.

  2. Yeah–from what I’ve read the book isn’t as strong as it was under Bendis or Brubaker. Hopefully things improve with Shadowland, and I’m still looking forward to that one.

  3. Bummer.  I’d really like this book to get good again (one of my favorite characters).

  4. Daredevil always gets good then ninjas pop out, It always derails the title when people revisit the Miller era. I will always prefer the Matt Murdock Attorney concept.

  5. You’ve summed up the feelings I’ve had, in that I find it difficult to pinpoint just what’s going wrong.  It’s not bad exactly, but I’m just not gripped.  And I can tell that there’s some great pencils here, but they’re buried under that neon tinged colouring, which kind of hurts the eye.

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