by Etienne Paul, CMRO Editor
Written by Charles Soule with Art by Ron Garney and Matt Milla
Sorry, that was an appalling joke, but sometimes I just can’t resist them. This is actually a really interesting book and I try not to say that too often. For me comics seem to come in certain formats; joke/humour comics like Deadpool; beat the heck out of everything moving like Hulk; huge intergalactic team-up to fight cosmic beings like the Avengers; but rarely do I come across a comic like this.
Actually that’s not entirely true, I come across them all the time but never written by Marvel. Image seems to have the monopoly on ‘clever’ ‘different’ and ‘interesting’ and when Marvel tries to do it we end up with inexplicable monstrosities like last years Winter Solider or the current Devil Dinosaur title.
This is interesting because it takes what can be a very generic comic and very overused character in a ridiculously clichéd story and makes it feel new, fresh and exciting. I have to give a gigantic amount of the credit to the art team, not just the penciller because the colour is what really brings this to life. This book feels almost monochromatic with red replacing black as the dark colour; however that is not the case, there are blues and greens here, but when they are used they all have significance. I have in the past decried the excessive use of ‘mood’ colouring as done by Frankavilla and this almost falls into that same category, however the colouring is consistent and that makes all the difference.
It is very hard to put into words feelings about art, obviously it is all very subjective, but it is also an exclusively visual medium. So the best I can do is point upwards to the cover art and say ‘if you like the look of that, you will love the internals.’ I am much more excited about this series than I ever was about the really self-referential Mark Waid series that lead into Secret Wars. I had just about enough of the Purple Man and those annoying little children, what I want now is Daredevil Punching stuff in the face, and that is exactly what I got.
Ironically, this review will come out just after my Devil Dinosaur one and it was perfect accidental timing. That book contains a lot of non-verbal grunting and fighting and for me it completely failed to get any tension, plot or excitement over to the reader. This book does exactly the same thing for the first half of the comic, but it is dark, visceral and immersive and that is why it works so well. Either that or I am just getting old and cannot empathise with the young school-child protagonist, but manage quite nicely with the 30-something guy with a job to hold down.
Story – 9/10
Art – 10/10