Review by: dix

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Story by Alan Davis
Art by Alan Davis & Mark Farmer
Colors by Javier Rodriguez
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover by Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, & Javier Rodriguez

Size: 0 pages
Price: 4.99

Well, it’s not the DAREDEVIL we’ve become used to in the monthly issues.

It’s not that this annual is bad. What it is is very…thirty years ago. It reads a little like something I’d expect out of a Marvel comic from the 1970s, perhaps, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because I like a lot of Marvel comics from the 1970s. But in those classic issues there’s a certain, well, charm to the serendipitous plot twists and dialogue while trading blows. Somehow, in a modern issue, they don’t come off the same way.

This book is also part of a trio of annuals that presumably tell a running story regarding the Clan Destine, who I’ve never heard of. I’m only reading this annual, though, and though I definitely feel like there are things going on to which I’m not privy, this story stands on its own without those parts. (To be sure, it does get a little exposition-y at times.)

I don’t have a lot of distinct opinions on DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1, beyond that…it just is. It’s okay. It’s DD in a mystic corner of the Marvel Universe, which can sometimes be fun, depending on your tastes. But it does not compare well to the quality of the monthly series.

Story: 2 - Average
Art: 3 - Good


  1. I was going to write a similar review, but with a 3 for story and 5 for art. This is 100x more inspired than the interiors Davis and Farmer did for this week’s Mighty Thor. The story struck me in the same way, feeling vintage Marvel, but with a slightly more modern sensibility. I LOVED that about it. I’d love it more if I was familiar with Clan Destine. I suspect this series is something that will tend to appeal to older Marvel readers, and maybe will be less appreciated by the younger crowd (though there will certainly be exceptions in both cases.)

    I enjoyed this issue much more than the FF annual. I suggest to you all that you probably don’t have to read the other two tie-in annuals to appreciate this issue.

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