on 24 September 2010
The problem with Superheroes is that there are simply too many of them. Whether you favour DC, Marvel, Dark Horse or whatever the graphic medium is chock full of lumbering, spandex clad archetypes with little to differentiate them but their costumes and their gimmicks.
Daredevil, however is far more than this. Easily the most complex and interesting character from the Marvel stable and second only to Batman in terms of sheer charisma, Daredevil: Out, like all of Bendis and Maleev's run on the character, shows us Daredevil for what he is; a steadfast sleuth and urbane vigilante in a superhero's clothing.
The story begins when upstart crime lord Sammy Silke gets more than he bargained for in ousting the Kingpin from his ivory tower. Now facing deadly retribution he runs to the FBI and squeals for all he's worth. His biggest secret? That blind attourney Matt Murdock is really Daredevil.
What ensues is an epic crime drama that transcends the confines of this volume but it is here in out where the drama is at its peak as Matt Murdock takes the fight to the courtroom as well as the streets of Hell's Kitchen. With dialogue remeniscent of a top of his game Scorcese and visuals invoking David Fincher Bendis and Maleev show us Matt Murdock's remarkable fortitude and strength of character as his world falls apart around him. While sparse in action sequences the drama unfolds with so much pace and vigour you'll never notice the difference. Plus there are enough cameos from the likes of Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Reed Richards and, yes, even Spider-Man to keep fans of the Marvel universe happy. We even get to see some really beautifully written scenes showing Matt Murdock's incredible legal prowess in the courtroom.
If you're interested in Daredevil or are only just getting into the character this (along with the rest of the run, Vol4-13) really is the character at his finest!
on 18 January 2007
If you like your superhero depictions to be something exceptional then this is for you. I agree with the previous reviewer in that the plotting, characterisation and dialogue are all top notch; but where I disagree is in his request for action.
Bendis run on this book was all about exploring all facets of Matt Murdock's life and what drove him to be Daredevil. He also took us places with the character which no-one had ever dared to do before. This particular tpb is the perfect example of this in detailing Matt's internal struggle pertaining to his morality and the contradictions that his double life imposes on both his personal and professional lives and also the risks he takes in his actions.
Finally, Maleev's artwork is nothing short of stunning. If you can name me an artist today who can depict anything more realsitically and cinematically in a drawn form then I implore you to tell me all about them. You have never seen the dramatic cityscape that NYC provides rendered more poetically in your life and you have never seen Daredevil look as dramatic before. With Maleev, he conveys Daredevil's emotions brilliantly without having to resort to cheap tricks that the likes of Quesada might try to make their work seem more interesting than it really is.
This book is fantastic, but to truly appreciate it's relevance and importance, I urge you to check out the whole run. It's a treat
on 29 May 2003
Dear Mr Bendis,
We know that you are a good writer, that your characterisations are splendid and that your plots are dep and interesting and your dialogue superb.
We know, OK? So don't rub it in. OUT reads well, like Grisham on testosterone and Kellerman on Prozac. It exploits the potential of a masked hero being 'outted' by a newspaper and what he can do about it - pretty obvious if you are a lawyer and prepared to bluff and lie your head off. So there!
To ad verbal abuse to physical harm the final part of the book,another plot for pete's sake takes place almost entirely in a courtroom.
well written yes, art not too bad (or too good) either.
Can you see what I am driving at, Mr Bendis?
WHERE'S THE ACTION? There are a few panels of it that's all. I like good characterisation and dialogue but I want more from a superhero graphic novel.
To quote a pacifist like myself - Alex the Droog of 'A Clockwork Orange" - I want a lot more of that old ultra violence!
Thank you Mr Bendis.