The GeeksverseDaredevil #1

Daredevil #1
Published on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 by

Written by: Mark Waid
Penciled by: Paolo Rivera
Inked by: Joe Rivera
Colored by: Javier Rodriguez
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: A- Paolo Rivera; B- Neal Adams; C- John Romita S. w/ Tom Palmer Jr. & Dean White; D- Marcos Martin
Assistant Editor: Ellie Pyle
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Matt Murdock returns to Hells Kitchen and his lawyering ways. And he acts as if nothing previous happened.

It’s a soft reboot. Murdock mentions the Shadowland and Reborn stories but only briefly and without much detail. It doesn’t work, at least for me. I don’t understand the decision to just restart Murdock without making him earn the restart. The only part of Murdock’s recent past that comes up is that he was outted as Daredevil and he’s trying to get seperation between his identities again.

That he’s Daredevil keeps coming up in the courtroom and making it hard to do his job, such that an Assistant DA politely mentions that it might be better if he stopped being a lawyer.

It’s like Shadowland never happened. And there’s not even any mention of the Black Panther taking over for Murdock in Hells Kitchen, which if you read Black Panther: Man Without Fear, you’ll know that it’s a position that Murdock himself asked the Panther to take over.

Instead this story starts off with Murdock just after he returned to New York, with barely any mention why he was gone, and how he and Foggy are restarting the law firm yet again. There isn’t any mention of why Foggy would want to even work with Matt again after all that’s happened.

But in a soft reboot, things like that don’t matter.

Waid’s script is decent. There’s an element of fun to the story. There’s a bit of a swashbuckler edge to Murdock, a “devil may care” feel. Waid’s Murdock seems off kilter a bit. It’s hard to pin down, but he doesn’t feel right. He jokes too much about serious issues.

Waid does do a good job handling Murdock’s powers. He’s got some interesting techniques and the art helps highlight those techniques.

Rivera’s art is decent. It’s a nice style that reminds me of guys like Ditko more then anyone recent. He does a good and acrobatic Daredevil. The maneveurs look real and not awkward. The panels flow smoothly. The only thing is that it lacks excitement. It’s fairly flat.

Rivera does a good job with using Waid’s script to the fullest to highlight Murdock’s powers. The idea of giving a special look to the radar sense is a nice touch.

Daredevil #1 receives
3 out of 5

A soft reboot of the franchise that really doesn’t put the character in a new spot. It seems like more of the same old.

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