THE GOOD: Beautiful opening with David Mack's art on Wake Up which works so much better in a collection than single issues. Then it's straight into the action, cutting out the forgetable DD issues 20-25 (may they rest in peace) and onto the acclaimed stuff. And here's where Bendis-haters can't possibly deny: the man has talent. Perfect pacing, an understanding of every facet of the story, characters with individual voices and dialogue so sharp it almost cuts your fingers as you turn each page. Alex Maleev's artwork rounds things off perfectly, giving the series the dark edge the best DD stories are remembered for and, yet again, the pacing and camera work match the script to perfection.
THE BAD: I like Terry Dodson's art, but it doesn't quite match the tone of the story. Saying that, I wouldn't mind seeing a Daredevil story with Dodson's art one day, but not here. It just feels a little odd to finish up the book with his slightly cartoony art, but it doesn't detract from the overall piece enough to knock it from its five star perch. This is comic book gold.
THE PULP HERO RETURNS: Top notch stuff. I need to not gush, so overall...? If you're a grown-up who still loves suerheroes, this is the kind of stuff that you can sound off about to justify your geeky little fetish.