Joe Grodensky and I chose Daredevil issue 1 by Charles Soule, Ron Garney, and Matt Milla to discuss. We’re both fans of Ol’ Hornhead and, on occasion, you may catch us on Blab or Google Hangouts under the title of “Avocados Talk…” Referencing a great moment in season one of Marvel’s Daredevil, Joe and I are both fans and friends who share a mutual love for all things pop-culture. We’re probably the closest you could get to the real life Matt Murdock and Franklin “Foggy” Nelson without being abogados at law. We’re just “avocados.” Here’s our post-read discussion of The Man Without Fear’s latest solo series. Here comes Daredevil!
Joe – Netflix-style presentation. I like that Daredevil issue 1 has taken on the persona of the Netflix series down to Matt’s red glasses. It’s dark and gritty like the series and presents the characters in the same way like Foggy having to keep the secret and know how to deal with Matt and Daredevil as two separate people despite them being the same person.
Steven – I very much felt that Daredevil issue 1 mimicked the tone and sensibility of the Netflix series, as well. I’ve been a big fan of Daredevil since I was 12 or 13. I read all of his issues from the original Stan Lee and Bill Everett run to the then current series by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev and David Mack. I appreciated what Chris Samnee was doing on the title in the series proceeding Marvel’s relaunch, but just didn’t follow it. His style was certainly closer to the more swashbuckling adventure tone to the original 60’s comic books. I do like that Charles Soule and Ron Garney have brought it back to the Frank Miller and Bendis version. Which, like you mentioned, is “Netflix-style presentation.”
Joe – The Story. It’s not Kingpin, but you still get that organized crime vibe, especially during the opening with Billy at the docks. We even see Matt getting tough on him as a lawyer to testify against Tenfingers’s gang to put these people behind bars.
Steven – No, it’s not Kingpin and it definitely still maintains the “organized crime vibe.” Tenfingers as a villain and organization reminds me a little of The Hand. I wonder if Soule will connect Tenfingers to anything established within the Marvel 616 universe. He’s also very creepy with literally ten fingers on each hand. I will be interested to see if, going past this arc, Soule and Garney will revisit classic characters like Kingpin, Bullseye, or even secondary characters like Turk or Melvin Potter a.k.a. Gladiator.
Joe – The costume. I didn’t think much of it at first, but it grew on me. I like the boxing wraps on the hands and even the new logo is cool. The black brings it back to his early days as a vigilante.
Steven – Oh, I liked the costume from when I first saw it. I, and am sorry to say, didn’t like the previous costume at all. A red three piece suit and buzzcut? Maybe I need to read more of that incarnation, but it was pretty unremarkable to me. Seeing Daredevil back in the classic outfit, or in the very least, maintaining the infamous silhouette – I love it. Ron Garney’s depiction of the costume is very close to classic Daredevil, with just a few additions. Yes, the logo has changed, but the Netflix series completely removed the overlapping D’s. I love how Garney has paid homage to Matt Murdock’s father and boxing background with the handwraps and boots. That’s a great flourish to the character and Matt Milla, the color artist, accentuates it perfectly. I could see this being cosplayed.
Joe – The artwork. I like that Sin City/The Spirit-esque noir coloring. It’s very dark and monotone with that little bit of color that makes the panel pop.
Steven – Ron Garney and Matt Milla are perfectly paired. And with Charles Soule? That’s a great creative team right there. It does bring to mind Frank Miller’s work on Sin City and his film The Spirit, which was based off of the Will Eisner comic series. Mind you Miller’s version beared little resemblance to the actual comics. But, yes, Garney and Milla definitely remind the reader that Daredevil is a bit noir. The coloring reminds me of the Netflix with it’s muted reds and browns, and blues. Issue one has a noticeable humidity and haziness to each panel. Daredevil stands out and thanks to Ron Garney and Matt Milla, we have a series that will stand out on comic shelves.
Joe – Foggy Nelson. What’s Daredevil without Foggy? He’s Matt’s go-to guy and they kept his character true to the early comics and the Netflix show where’s he just an average guy making his way through life, but gets to be in the forefront of the battle between good and evil.
Steven – Objection! I’d have to disagree with you on that. He feels a bit more in line with the Netflix series than with the early comics. I know Matt and Foggy have had falling outs over times, but they were always pretty chummy in the early days. Except when they were both pining for Karen Page.
How about that burden Matt’s left on Foggy, though? “Just remember you let me remember doesn’t change what you did to make everyone else forget.”
Back in black and on his home turf, Daredevil begins again in New York City as a new enemy emerges. Meanwhile his alter ego, Matt Murdock, is on a new side of the law in the District Attorney’s office. Fighting crime in the shadows, prosecuting bad guys in the light, it’s a whole new chapter for our man without fear — including the arrival of the devil’s advocate. Welcome to Hell, Blindspot.
Daredevil issue 1 is out now and gets four out of five horns from Joe and Steven.