Thursday, December 31, 2009

Daredevil #503 Reviewed

One of the remarkable things about the Daredevil title is that, no matter who's writing it, no matter who's drawing it, it's always top, top quality. I'd been enjoying the Ed Brubaker run since it began and I have to admit to being a little ... apprehensive ... about a change of writer. Certainly I don't mean any disrespect towards Andy Diggle, afterall, I felt the same when Brubaker took over from Brian Michael Bendis.

Of course I needn't have worried and, while I'm not saying the book has got better since Diggle took on the writing duties, I do think the character and the overall story have benefitted from the 'refresh' - and of course that's why creators don't stay on the same book forever isn't it!

Featuring a 'cast' that includes The Kingpin, The Hand, Black Tarantula, White Tiger along with Lady Bullseye - a character I'm enjoying more and more - this first story-arc from the new creative team continues apace ...

It’s blood, sweat, and brutal truths as the new creative team of Andy Diggle and Roberto De La Torre continue their first breathtaking story arc! While the Kingpin secretly builds his power base, Daredevil and Master Izo collide violently over the future of the guild of assassins known as The Hand, and Foggy fears the Matt Murdock he once knew may be gone for good.


I can't recommend this book too highly: aside from the quality of the writing Roberto De La Torre and 'guest artist' Marco Checchetto's atmospheric, gritty interior art is complemented and enhanced by Matt Hollingsworth's bold and yet sympathetic colouring.

Daredevil continues to be in safe - strong - hands.

Daredevil #503
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Roberto De La Torre, Marco Checchetto, Matt Hollingsworth, Joe Caramagna
Cover by Esad Ribic
Published by Marvel Comics, 16 December 2009, $2.99

Over at Newsarama readers can enjoy a
seven page preview of Daredevil #503 via the Newsarama Comic Viewer.