Sunday, January 31, 2016

Daredevil #1 (Vol 5)

Daredevil #1 (Vol 5) from Marvel Comics -

    Daredevil has returned after the Marvel 616 has rebooted, and only Foggy Nelson remembers Matt Murdock's secret identity - which is just how Matt likes it. Back in Hell's Kitchen, Murdoch is the newest District Attorney, and he's getting his feet wet taking down a deadly new threat: The Church of the Sheltering Hands, headed up by the lethal new crime boss, Tenfingers. At Daredevil's side is his new apprentice, Blindspot, AKA Samuel Chung, a genius kid with an amazing invisibility suit. Their mission: protect Billy Li, former member of the Church of the Sheltering Hands, who now wishes to turn state's evidence. Can Daredevil and Blindspot can keep Billy alive long enough to testify? Not if Tenfingers has anything to say about it - and he just may have an ace in the hole that Daredevil wouldn't suspect in million years.

   Charles Soule brings back the guardian devil with a gritty vengeance. Matt Murdoch is absolutely not mucking about in this iteration of Daredevil. He's all about destroying the foundations of crime in Hell's Kitchen, both as DD and Matt Murdoch. Blindspot is a welcome addition to the DD lore; it's nice to see DD investing in someone else, and taking such a personal risk. However, it remains to be seen if this risk might just turn out to be the worst gamble of DD's life. This story is pretty mesmerizing from beginning to end, full of fresh, new characters. Ron Garney's pencils make the action pop in this book, while Matt Milla's lifeless colors create a bleak, bleary, hopeless world - the world of the Daredevil. If you love Daredevil, you will not want to miss this book. If you are a collector, you won't want to miss it either - this book is chock-full of first appearances of great new characters that are likely to show up in Marvel's cinematic universe. 

RATING: 8.5 out of 10. 

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