With Daredevil sidelined, Black Panther will be stepping in as The Man Without Fear and protector of Hell’s Kitchen. While I can think of a couple of characters that appear to be a more logical fit as Daredevil has been presented as a “street level” superhero for some time now.
While I’m not ready to abandon ship, I’ll hang in for a couple issues to see how this one pans out.
I’m not going to lie, I was hesitant about the future of Matt Murdock when Ed Brubaker left his writing gig on Daredevil. Granted we are only two issues into Andy Diggle’s run, but I am really enjoying the new status quo in Hell’s Kitchen with the Daredevil as the new leader of the ninja death cult, The Hand.
With his new found power as leader of the The Hand, Daredevil is able to use his resources to take the fight to Norman Osborn who has become the most powerful man in the United States in the aftermath of Secret Invasion. With government sanctioned and Osborn approved death squads on the streets of NYC, Daredevil is bringing the fight to Osborn.
I’ve been a long time of Billy Tan’s work and the last panel in #502 is pure BADASSERY. An army of ninjas descending into battle led by Daredevil is pure awesome.
This past week saw the release of Daredevil #500, a landmark issue on two fronts. The first is that the series was renumbered so that it can be brought into “classic numbering”, much like what was recently done with Captain America. The other occasion of note is that this issue saw the last issue that Brubaker and his balls awesome art team would be on.
Oh and another thing I’d like to point out … Marko Djurdjevic is fucking unreal. Marvel needs to make this a poster immediately.
With #501, Andy Diggle (I loved his Green Arrrow: Year One) & Billy Tan (New Avengers) will be taking over as the primary creative team after what could be considered a Daredevil run by Brubaker that could be considered the equal of Frank Miller. Brubaker picked up after Bendis’ outing of Matt Murdock in the “Murdock Papers”, and Bru ushered him through the “Devil Behind Bars”, the Super Hero Registration Act, and countless other trials and obstacles. Matt Murdock has always been a tragic hero, and with what Bru has left us with a character with a renewed vision (excuse the pun) and a true purpose.
One of the great things about Daredevil is that for the majority of Bru’s run; Matt Murdock has existed on the periphery of the Marvel Universe. And without any spoilers, it looks as though things might be changing. Thanks Bru, it was an awesome run.
I had a pretty good morning. There was snow on the ground, work was going to be quiet (especially after yesterday’s pisser) and most importantly Wednesdays are always great because: New Comics are shipped. Through the power of the Interweb, my local shop … Bagged & Boarded has an awesome webscription service that takes the effort out of actually get the new books in your hot little hand. Anyway, I usually head over to B&B, and chat with Josh & Co. during my lunch hour. The big issue today (for me at least) was Captain America #25.
The aftermath of Civil War saw Tony Stark becoming Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Spiderman go underground, and Steve Rogers (Captain America) surrender to S.H.I.E.L.D.. It was the logical endgame to an ‘event’ that totally frakked up the Marvel Universe as we knew it. The interweb was brewing of something huge happening in #25, and I just had to hold out until 1pm …. that didn’t happen.
Among many of the traits that makes me a fanboy is my love of Wednesdays. Why this specific day you ask? Because new comics drop on Wednesdays. Each week (provided titles in my pull list are out) I head to Bagged & Boarded in Bensalem, PA. A gratuitous plug for sure, but you can’t beat that shop. It doesn’t smell like ass, the staff is friendly, and a good selection of trades and back issues.
I was big into comics when I was a kid, but my interest dropped out significantly around the age of 12. It wasn’t until the summer of 2003 that I began to get back into them. At that time, I had a couple of friends that pushed me over the edge and back into this addiction. I started with one title, The Amazing Spiderman which was (and still is) written by Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. It took 3 issues and I was absolutely hooked. With the help of the staff at Bagged & Boarded, various forums, and Wikipedia I was able to catch up on current story lines and develop my pull list as it stands today.
The Walking Dead is my absolute favorite book. One of the guys at Bagged & Boarded mentioned to me once about a book that involved the end of the world and zombies. Immediately I bought the first trade paper back. I went back for the second. And third. It is the most compelling book out there today. If you enjoy zombies eating peoples faces off or people killing zombies with hatchets … then go pick this up. Robert Kirkman’s tale of a group of survivors in the wake of the Apocalypse make you pine for the end of the world … or at least I do. The contrast between the detail and inking in the covers (which are color) and the black & white pages probably add to the general creepiness and realness of the story. Even folks over at BoingBoing heart it as much as I do.