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review 2017-08-16 00:10
Daredevil: Back in Black vol. 4: Identity by Charles Soule
Daredevil: Back in Black Vol. 4: Identity - Charles Soule,Dan Panosian,Goran Sudžuka,Ron Garney

I seem to be in the minority here, but this is what I was waiting for, the greatness that I saw in this comic from the beginning, the characterization of Matt that I knew Soule was capable of.

 

Focusing finally solely on Matt this time 'round, Soule takes him back to the character that I've always loved, takes him back to darkness and religion, and his complicated relationship with both. Also, kinda pointing out what an asshole he'd become in the Waid comics, which... I honestly gotta love.

 

This is also the reveal of how and why the world forgot his identity, and his role in it. What happened between him and Kirsten, him and Foggy. And, again, in the minority, but I thought it was wonderfully handled (though, I gotta admit, I'm gonna disagree with the priest here that he protected Kirsten by not revealing himself to her; he protected his own self, as he tends to do, and that's in-character, but the comic telling me it was something noble or justified made me side-eye it just a bit.)

 

There's a two page panel that I adored, that I think perfectly sums Matt's struggles in one image without words: Matt is being carried on his back, a Christ-like figure, with the worst, most evil influences in his life at the front, Kingpin right beside him with Foggy trying to reach over Fisk's shoulder to get to Matt, and Milla behind him with her hand on his shoulder. Elektra at the bottom of the panel, reaching for him, his father and mother at his head, Jack muscling past Bullseye, Karen behind him. The edges fade into darkness, with every character that's crossed his path, for good or for evil, crowding around him. This was modern Daredevil at its finest.

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text 2017-08-13 22:47
Yeah, I plan to do a full review of this...
Daredevil, Vol. 17: Hell to Pay, Vol. 2 - Ed Brubaker,Michael Lark

Like I did with Hell to Pay vol. 1, but I gotta say, it's sort of killing my soul. I meant to go allll the way through the 2000's Daredevil, but Brubaker is making me so furious, I have a feeling I might just have to skip a bit. And next up is Lady Bullseye. Ugh. I knew these kinda sucked at the time, but I don't remember how they didn't actually make me want to punch someone or something. Because they do.

 

EDIT: So, I just realized that the next volume is, in fact, not Lady Bullseye but Cruel and Unusual. Which... is just so appropriate.

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text 2017-08-13 20:23
Gross
Doctor Strange (2015-) #23 - Dennis Hopeless,Niko Henrichon

More Secret Empire.   So gross.   Especially the whole Wilson Fisk thing.  I'm over this all right now.   

 

I wish I could give this whole event and all the tie-ins negative stars.

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review 2017-08-12 21:31
Love, love, love!
Daredevil (2015-) #24 - Charles Soule,Alec Morgan,David Lopez

Yay, Foggy!   As Daredevil comes up against the Kingpin's lawyers, he's plans fail and he's forced to go to the Supreme Court.   To even get them to press forward with his case, he needs a brief that even they can't ignore.   Most are.  

 

And to get that brief, he needs the partner he works with best: Foggy Nelson.   And yet when the Purple Children wiped the memory of Daredevil's identity , Matt didn't tell his girlfriend, he told Foggy.   And so Foggy walked away, fed up with being the prop that kept Matt sane while living these dual lives.   And his life is better for having walked away: he's got a girlfriend, his career is going quite well, and he's not hampered by keeping Matt's secret.   Foggy also doesn't have to worry about supervillains constantly trying to kill him, which is nice. 

 

So Matt has to stalk his former best friend, and hope that the temptation of going to the Supreme Court is enough to entice him into working with Matt Murdock again.   This continues to be a thoughtful exploration of the legal system if it had to deal with superheroes, and it's just nice seeing Foggy and Matt in the same comic again.   I can't tell you all how much I missed that!

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review 2017-08-12 21:20
Loving this storyline
Daredevil (2015-) #23 - Charles Soule,Alec Morgan,David Lopez

Matt Murdock tracks Jen Walters down to help on this case, and it makes sense: they're both lawyers, she's a well-known superhero and he's a secret superhero who's working a case involving his alter ego.   Yikes, I forgot how complicated the secret-life-of-Daredevil could get - and i love it!   I mean, Mike Murdock was absolutely ridiculous, but the complications that come with a secret double life always thrilled me a little.   It wasn't even about him protecting those around him, so much as how you can play with the fact that the audience knows what the other superheroes don't - that Murdock and Daredevil are the same - and that it can cause so much drama. 

 

It's fun, it's got action along with a thoughtful plot that gets moved forward, and I am just loving this storyline!   It really helps that while Daredevil is in Secret Empire - trapped in Manhattan, under a dark bubble, in a tiny bubble under that dome last I saw - but it doesn't seep into this series at all. 

 

Thanks for the brief respite, Marvel.

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