- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (October 11, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785121110
- ISBN-13: 978-0785121114
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daredevil, Vol. 6 (v. 6) Hardcover – October 11, 2006
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The entire Daredevil series by Bendis represents nothing short of a revolution in mainstream comics. It re-sets the bar by which all other comics must be judged, and it re-frames the entire concept of super-hero books. All the themes that were originally introduced by Stan Lee in a simplistic way back in the day (represented best by Spider-Man)-- the tension of the secret identity, the strain that puts on the hero's "normal" relationships, the sense of obligation to use powers, the conflict between the vigilante and society--all of these are re-cast for the modern era in an incredibly vivid mold with an added expectation of realism.
This last book takes all that to the wall. The plotline revolving around Daredevil's secret identity being revealed and DD's conflict with the Kingpin finally reaches its climax and it is done on a grand scale. It is a ton of fun to see so many of DD's buddies, ex-girlfriends, enemies and whatnot jammed into a bag and shaken. The scenes with Elektra and the Black Widow are so cool. The dialog just crackles with energy. The artwork is, as usual for Alex Maleev, simply amazing.
This is pure genius on so many levels. The entire Bendis run is quite simply essential and this book is a marvelous and stunning conclusion to such an epic masterpiece.
That's my opinion, anyway--5 stars just to boost the rating a little.
This volume, LOWLIFE, was one I got by chance. I picked up the first part of the story, issue #41, for $0.25 at Hastings, so obviously I had to get the rest of the story, issues #42-45, so I could enjoy it altogether. And what a great decision that was.
The Kingpin is gone. Matt Murdock has been outed as Daredevil by the Daily Globe, and Vanessa Fisk, the Kingpin’s “widow”, has sold off the businesses and divided her husband’s territory among the other crime families in the area. The only one she wouldn’t sell to, however, was The Owl, one of Daredevil’s oldest, and silliest villains.
But holy crap, Bendis takes this third rate character from silly has-been to murderous bas-ass in one issue. This Owl looks mad as a hatter, and he’s every bit as vicious has the Joker. And he’s doing whatever it takes, even if it means killing the man who owns the Daily Globe, to keep Daredevil at bay and expose him further.
Meanwhile, Matt’s met a new lady friend, Milla, a blind woman he’d saved a few days earlier from being run over by a truck. She figures out his secret, but keeps her trap shut when the police come asking questions about the death of the newspaper mogul.
I loved every page of this story and devoured it in almost one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. Bendis’s writing is just as strong, just as powerful as it’s ever been, while Alex Maleev’s art is just getting grittier by the page. And it works.
The two work together here in perfect symbiosis, one driving the other forward, story and art, art and story, so the end result is this flawless marriage that is everything a comic should be.
There are strong, vibrant characters, a deep, emotional plot full of complex, moving characters, and by the time I reached the last page, all I wanted to do was start over and read it all again. And then see what happened next. Which I will have to do very very soon. Bendis’s run lasted almost another 40 issues, and after this story, there’s no way in the world I could NOT get those books.
Really, pretty much anything you read from Bendis is going to be killer, but this book’s got something, sense of desperation, that the previous collection didn’t. That’s not a fault on Bendis’s part. If anything, it shows he’s paying attention and taking his character on a real journey of discovery and development, and letting us watch it play out in about as realistic a way as is possible considering our main character is a blind lawyer with super senses who can hear a heartbeat from several blocks away. Yet another winner from Bendis on Daredevil, and NO ONE is surprised.