Our very own Brian from the Iconic Flash, Iconic Green Lantern, and Iconic Brave and the Bold pages reviews Charles Soule’s new run on Daredevil:
The post Secret Wars Daredevil series is currently on its 3rd issue, but as an avid fan of the character I wanted to do a quick review. First, Daredevil has to be one of the most unenviable writing jobs in the Marvel U. With all star creators from Lee, Miller, Bendis, Smith, Brubaker, and Waid it is not a job i’d imagine one would go into without thinking of some of the most iconic runs in comics and feeling they can’t match up to whats come before.
The new Daredevil run picks up 8 months after Mark Waid’s run ends. Let me say that Waid’s run was an absolute joy to read. In an era of dark tones, hero fighting hero, and heroes adopting questionable morals, Waid’s Daredevil stood out as a classic superhero story with lighthearted fun and excellent character development. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.
Charles Soule picks up the darker tone more similar to Bendis and Brubaker’s run. Matt is back in New York. He has left his life in California behind and his secret identity has been restored under mysterious circumstances. Only Foggy knows his secret.
A new enemy is using immigrants to aide his cause. It is a very Marvel trait to take current events and real issues and use them in a topical but respectful way. This new enemy has larger and more sinister connections to a larger force.
Matt has taken on the role of Stick and is training a mysterious hero named Blindspot. Not much has been revealed about Blindspot, but seeing Matt in the teacher role is one that fits the character.
The darker tone is complimented well by Ron Garney’s artwork. He has deviated from his bright and bold style to a more shadowed look which compliments the story perfectly. The initial underwater rescue in the first issue is a fantastic intro to his new look.
It is regrettable that the development and relationships Matt achieved in Mark Waid’s run were all but abandoned, but Soule’s first few issues provide more than enough good material to forgive the darker shift in story and loss of what worked before Secret Wars.