Review by: Neb

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Story by Andy Diggle
Art by Davide Gianfelice
Cover by Jock

Size: pages
Price: 3.99

At first, I wasn’t planning on picking this up, but when I got to the shop, I found it in my stack because, of course, I had ordered it 3 months ago when a DD reboot sounded like a great idea.  I was in a good mood at the shop, so I figured I’d check it out.  I was pleasantly surprised by this, not because it was overly amazing, but because I found myself genuinely enjoying the book.  I have a soft spot for DD, and I told myself I wouldn’t be that guy that bought a character to buy a character.  But maybe I am that guy, it’s just that I’m hiding in a closet filled with DD comics.

The story picks up from the end of Shadowland.  Murdock is in exile, traveling through the Southwest.  He stumbles into a town and is quickly pulled into a mystery that has the town on edge.  It’s not a new story set up, as the “you can’t run from trouble…” situation has been done with many downtrodden heroes before.  What’s nice is that the story is executed well.  The villains are interesting, and Murdock isn’t overly mopey.  He just seems to be searching for something, but all of his words are tinged with a hope that a new day is around the corner.  What I really like about this set up issue is that it feels like Rambo: First Blood, which is an awesome movie, and with that applied to this familiar set up, could be a really cool storyline.

The art is also very solid.  I’ve never heard of this artist before, but his style is a little cartoony, a little sketchy, and contains just enough detail to get the point across.  He has a similar look to Eric Canete, but he avoids the exaggeration that makes Canete’s art so dynamic.  

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good


  1. He did Northlanders for awhile, his stuff in that is real good too.  Didn’t like how Matt was actually considering killing those guys, after the what he’s been through and the terribly evil situation he found himself in, thought he’d be so redemptive and looking for absolution that he wouldn’t even want to go there.  That’s why Diggle’s writing just doesn’t sit well with me, not sure if I’m gonna keep pulling this.

  2. Ah! That’s where I’ve seen him before, he did the Sven stories in NORTHLANDERS, thanks Frank! I didn’t think Matt was actually thinking of killing those guys, rather just stating (in a rather detached manner) that he could if he wanted to, like he didn’t really know what he wanted to do anymore. I think it was actually a pretty good moment, showing that Matt is kind of empty and confused and trying to figure out who he is now and what he wants to be, I thought it worked pretty well. 

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