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Daredevil by Mark Waid, Vol. 1 Hardcover – February 26, 2013
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- Daredevil #1 to 10 and 10.1 (2011 series)
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The extras include 14 pages worth of material:
- Spotlight interview with author Mark Waid.
- Paolo Rivera sketchbook full of original pencil pages and creative process demonstrations.
* * * * * OVERVIEW * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Following the critically acclaimed runs of Brian Bendis and Ed Brubaker that pushed Daredevil to edges we haven't experienced since the Frank Miller days, and after the ill-fated Andy Diggle run that unsuccesfully tried to take Matt Murdock even further, comes Mark Waid. So what does Mark Waid do? Exactly the opposite!
I'll admit that I was at first reluctant to the idea of a light and carefree Daredevil, as I'm very much used to a gritty and hardboiled hero. But Waid manages to deliver an incredibly fresh take on the character, and while on the surface this Matt Murdock may seem like an easygoing do-gooder, he remains at his core as complex and intense as we know and love him.
Mark Waid takes Daredevil to new territories, pairing him up against unusual adversaries like Spot, mega-criminal organizations AIM and Hydra, and two particular Marvel villains that I won't mention to avoid spoilers. I really can't praise Waid's efforts enough: he reminds us once more why he's such an essential contemporary comic-book author.
* * * * * ABOUT THE ART * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
The art is truly amazing, mainly featuring the talents of Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin, as well as Kano, Khoi Pham and Emma Rios. Rivera and Martin are incredibly accomplished artists and storytellers, giving not only life and vision but also design to Waid's scripts.Read more ›
The hardcover book comes a little bit oversized from your regular monthly comics. The paper is also a lot nicer that comes in a smooth shiny type, It looks really classy. As you can see I'm not very good at describing things so please go to other reviewers who do this in a much better way.
I'm new to comics, only got into them a few years ago so I can't compare this Daredevil series to the ones in the past but all I can say is that this is a great release, a wonderful story in a great package. I missed out on the first 24 or so issues of Mark Waids run so this was a perfect edition for me. If only they could release these Hardcover editions a lot quicker, just like the standard trade edition.
If time is not an issue than I highly endorse this Hardcover edition over the standard trades. And what if you have all the issues that are included in this release? Well.....that's a hard one and and it's something that you have to think about hard. There are special features in this release that aren't included in the individual issues, but then again you do lose the Letters page.
But if you don't have any issues then it's a no brainier. Get it.
To keep it short and concise, the plot and dialogue is fun and well-paced, with definite voices and motivations for each character. Exactly what one would expect from Mark Waid.
The art is amazing, both Rivera and Martin bring something different to the table, with clean lines and the precise amount of detail on every single panel. The inking and coloring also help to bring the quality to astonishing levels.
And just to clarify, this Oversized Hardcover includes the content of the first two TPBs, released last year, but in an overall better package (considering that the pagesize is roughly the same as in the Omnibus line), with some added extras in the end.
To put it simple, if you are in a mood for fun, smart, and gorgeous comic book stories, pick it up ASAP!
+Writing is amazing
+Art is spectacular
+Brings Daredevil out of his depression that he had some trouble shaking
+Embraces the more "out there" parts of Daredevils History
-Literally nothing wrong with this book
After the dark, gritty style from the days of Frank Miller, Alex Maleev and Michael Lark during the runs that I fell for this character, this didn't really hold up.
The story itself is good, even if we see Daredevil's personality take a 180 from the past few years. One could argue that's how one might react to a demonic possession, but I'm no expert on the subject. We do see here the start of a storyline that would run through the title for a while, so this is a good place to pick up if you want to get current on Daredevil. Personally, I bought the first five (paperback) volumes of Waid's run, and I likely won't continue with it.
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AWESOME COLLECTION, IF YOU ARE A DAREDEVIL FAN YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO READ THIS AND THE OTHER VOLUMES.Published 10 months ago by JC JIM.
I didn't know what to expect with this daredevil run, but I trust in Mark Waid's writing. This is a pretty good start to the series.Published 10 months ago by Albert Lee
When i got it, it was in very Great Condition. Very happy with my purchase!!!Published 12 months ago by Bryant Rooney
Fast paced exciting ride that brings Daredevil back to his more fun loving swashbuckling days!Published 13 months ago by Jon Rudd
What a great great great start! I love how Mark Waid approached DareDevil. He collected me to this character quick. I'm going to buy every comic that Waid writesPublished 21 months ago by Marcus Gepner