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Daredevil, Vol. 12: Decalogue Paperback – November 2, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (November 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785116443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785116448
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Brian Michael Bendis' prolific run on Daredevil begins it's final phase with Decalogue, as the series takes a different turn as Bendis reveals just what happened during Matt Murdock/Daredevil's reign as the Kingpin, and the effect it had on those living in Hell's Kitchen. Decalogue begins with a gathering of people, all of whom had been effected in one way or another since Daredevil declared himself the Kingpin. Ranging from petty shots at crime to something unbelievably horriffic, these people all have a reason to point a finger at the blind superhero, one of which knows more than he lets on, and knows quite a bit about Daredevil's history. What makes Decalogue so different from Bendis' previous arcs is that DD isn't the main character of the storyarc. Instead, he has become a recurring guest star or an urban legend as he is seen through the eyes of those telling their stories. It's a welcome change of pace for a mainstream superhero comic, and it's some of Bendis' best work since before he became Marvel's "it" writer. Alex Maleev once again supplies his usual great and moody art, and it's easy to see why he has been a fan favorite artist on the title for the past few years. All this sets the stage for the final storyarc from Bendis and Maleev, as things once again take a different turn for Daredevil and all those associated with him, and it also sets the stage for a bold new direction for the much maligned character.
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How much of an impact did Daredevil truly make when he declared himself the Kingpin of Hell's Kitchen? The best way to find out is through the citizens. In Decalogue, Brian Michael Bendis does just that. Daredevil doesn't even feature too prominently in this volume. He's more of an urban legend here. The story mostly takes place in the basement of a church, where several of the neighborhood's residents have come to share stories about how much has really changed since Daredevil became Kingpin. Not all of it is good, either. I really enjoyed this chapter because it gives a real human side to the war that Daredevil wages on crime. Even though everything he does is to protect his people, not everyone sees it that way. Only a writer like Bendis could take something so mundane as a bunch of talking heads, and make it so completely riveting. Another must-read!
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An interesting narrative take on Daredevil during the time he was the top mob boss of Hell's Kitchen told from the perspective of several regular people in a trauma group, who have more intimate connections to one another than they realize.

As usual for the recent Daredevil artwork it's heavy in shadows and grittiness.

It's hard to discuss the merits of the story without spoiling it so I shall just say it was well done even if not perfect.

ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B minus to B; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B plus to A minus; WHEN READ: end of October 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.

SPOILER: interesting that the villain and Daredevil are both in the support group at the end.

Some people might think the baby bit coming out of the mouth was silly but not me.

Very interesting perspective in which regular people show us how they perceive Daredevil and the events which have taken place.
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