Saturday, October 6, 2012

Daredevil: End of Days #1 (of 8)

This is like unearthing a time capsule from the late '80s.

Daredevil: End of Days is (apparently) a story about Daredevil's final days.

It's brutal, vicious, bloody, graphic and really not very good at all.

Which is surprising, since it's written by Brian Bendis and David Mack - and certainly Bendis had a long and impressive run on the regular Daredevil title.

But this is a story intended to shock, as death and destruction run rampant, and the greatest casualty is Daredevil's personality (which is to say, I don't like the monster they make him out to be).

It all runs especially counter to the fine portrait being offered these days in DD's monthly comic by Mark Waid.

The story has me split into two camps - it uses a hoary plot device to gin up some mystery, and then references the cinematic source for the idea, just in case we thought the writers were stealing it. Which they are.

However, the running internal dialogue newspaper writer Ben Urich conducts rings very true, and includes some clever bits.

The art is also a bit of a throwback, though I'll never complain about Klaus Janson's outstanding pencils and Bill Sienkiewicz's inking. They're a fantastic team, and the raw action is perfectly captured (though not for the faint of heart).

It's an interesting story with some good twists - I just wish it had been a story about Daredevil, rather than the brutal imposter they've dropped into his place.

Great art, but I can't recommend this one.

Grade: C-



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, did this disappoint me too. I could hardly get through it for all the blood! I was looking forward to this, and it has promise, but man, was it gory.