Story by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee
Colors by Javier Rodriguez
Published by Marvel Comics
After what seems like forever Mr. Murdock is finally on the west coast. Matt has been brought in as an expert evidence analyst for the SFPD and he’s using it to dig up some leads on a missing girl. It doesn’t take him long though, and before you know it, he’s in uniform as Daredevil roaming the streets of San Francisco on the hunt for not only the missing girl, but her kidnappers as well! It doesn’t go as swimmingly as we’re used to seeing in this book though; a new city means new landmarks, and new landmarks mean new problems for the Man without Fear!
I find it really interesting that many of the best superhero books being put out by the Big Two are street level heroes. Batman, Hawkeye, and of course, Daredevil continue to set the bar for what we expect out of a hero book. The re-launch of this series is no different. Waid and Samnee have taken everything we loved about the last run and have introduced us to a slew of new things to love about this one. It’s terrific to see Matt trying to figure out his way around this new territory after running the streets of NYC for so long. He’s using a communication earpiece with Kirsten at the other end giving him directions, but the kicker is that in doing so, he gives up hearing out of one of his ears. It’s already making for some edge-of-your-seat suspense and it’s a ton of fun to watch things unfold not knowing how it will end up!
This book has a very distinctive style of art that fits the story so well. The Chris Samnee cover sets the bar for the book and never looks back from there. Everything in this issue is top notch; from Daredevil swooping from rooftops to the quiet, intimate moments between him and the little girl, the art in this new #1 is absolutely perfect. I really love the panels from Matt’s perspective too. Seeing his radar senses in action have a strange beauty to them. It’s a terrific glimpse into the world from the eyes of the Man without Fear and just how much goes on in his brain with his amped up senses!
This issue is the perfect jumping on point for anyone that’s been interested in the character. The Dynamic Duo of Waid and Samnee continue to prove why they’re one of the best, most underrated creative teams in all of comics. This book has a great sense of humor, action, and adventure that we don’t often see blended so well in a book. While some people who didn’t read the last series might be slightly confused as to why Matt Murdock is in San Fran, other than that slight hang-up, this was the absolutely perfect first issue!
5 out of 5 nerds