Waid, Mark; Illustrated by: Rivera, Paolo
Date finished: 2014-02-19
I read the first three volumes collecting Mark Waid's recent run on Marvel's "Daredevil" title, and thought they're very good. After some complicated grim-and-gritty events in an earlier title that I haven't read (helpfully summarized at the start of volume 1 and by the characters at various points), this is something of a restart, returning the character to his superheroic starting point without discarding the older history.
Short version: Matt Murdock was blinded in an accident when he was struck by a truck, but the truck was carrying radioactive waste that, in true Marvel fashion, gave him supersenses that compensate for his blindness. In his formerly secret identity, he works as a defense lawyer helping the downtrodden. As the book opens, Murdock's identity has been revealed though not everyone believes it. He acquires a disc of information on five crime syndicates, enough knowledge to destroy their networks completely. That brings all of them down on Daredevil's head. I really enjoyed the over-arching plot of the information disc and how Daredevil escapes from this five-sided attack, as well as the smaller subplots (an underground battle with Mole Man, the flirtatious sparring with Assistant DA Kirsten McDuffie, Daredevil's interactions with Spiderman and the Avengers). Volume 3 ends on a cliffhanger; I hope the library has volume 4.
%T Daredevil: The Man Without Fear %V 2 %A Waid, Mark %Q Rivera, Paolo %K comics %G ISBN 978-0-7851-5239-2 %I Marvel %D 2012 %@ 2014-02-19 %* *