Saturday, February 19, 2011

Daredevil Reborn #2 (of 4)

Well, that was disappointing.

I liked the first issue in the Daredevil Reborn series (you can read that review here).

But in the review I said it was too early to tell how good this mini-series was going to be. Two issues in and my hopes are fading fast.

In the last issue we established that the police officers in a small town in New Mexico were (apparently) bad guys in disguise. In this issue, written by Andy Diggle, we get some clues about the secret they're hiding, but the story doesn't really move forward at all.

It begins with Matt Murdock looking for information, but he's apparently more concerned with being left alone than fighting the bad guys.

By the end of the story, we're right where we were at the end of the last issue, no closer to a resolution than before. The villains are dull and not particularly menacing, the entire plot seems lifted wholesale from the movie First Blood (the first movie to star Rambo), and Murdock spends the entire issue maintaining that he's not a hero and doesn't fight crime anymore.

The reason to but this comic is the artwork by Davide Gianfelice. It's a bit rough around the edges, but it's loaded with power and energy, and it's the best thing about this comic.

Perhaps the story will kick into gear next issue - but I'm not holding my breath waiting.

Grade: B-


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