Daredevil Volume 3 HC: v. 3 Hardcover – 1 Mar 2004
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After having read his Daredevil works, my impression has completely changed. Daredevil vol.3 HC reprints issues #38-50, covering 3 story arcs - Trial of the century, Lowlife and Hardcore, of which Trial of the Century is my favourite. Bendis is able to convey the tension and drama in court through the use of simple words and good dialogue. The emotion of the characters involved are brought out very well unlike in other superhero comics where its all action and leaves very little for subtlety. The ending to this arc is another highlight as it steers clear from predictability and the twist is masterful if not powerful.
The artwork by Maleev is up to his usual high standards. Daredevil vol. 3 HC also features artwork from Manuel Gutierrez (#38 and 39) and Terry and Rachel Dodson (#40). Here is where my complaint lies. While I like the Dodson's work in more action packed superhero comics (e.g. MK spider-man which btw is awesome), their style does not suit the 'noir' feeling of Daredevil and feels to cartoonish.
Daredevil, like a good movie, is not about fast paced all-out action, but rather its beauty lies in a powerful well written, well fleshed out plot. Think Godfather, not xXx.
yes, you need a little more background into the characters before it makes sense, and its not the best book to read if you're into action and want a 'normal' comic. but it has so much more than that.
Like any of David Macks work, its above all other comics. The storytelling is as much part of the artwork as anything else on the page. the words are part of the pictures, the pictures tell as much story as the words. This is a grown up graphic novel experience. This is as strong as any of Macks other work ( if you like this, you'll love David Macks 'Kabuki', a monster of an epic and in my opinion the greatest comic available)
theres a strength to this story that is very subtle. i think everyone takes something away from them when they read this. i can honestly say its one of the stories that has changed my life., depending on how hard or easy your childhood was, you'll understand what i mean.
some artists have the ability to amaze you with their talent, david mack is above all others in the comic book world. his world is filled with everything a story needs; emotion.
these isnt an artist alive who knows the true meaning of 'visual story telling' better than david mack.
Once you get past the artwork which would put many non-comic books fans right off this book at first sight, you begin to relise how well this book is written which then makes you start to feel for the child in this book and understand why he is the way he is. One problem though is that it is a very short trade paper back but it leaves you gasping for more
Bendis countines the high standard of writing that we have come to expect of him from reading his other comics like Ulimate Spiderman and Alias and this is a must for DD and other comic book fans alike.
As for the story itself, I hated it, but then I hate David Mack as much as everyone else seems to admire him, so if you're a fan this oughtta be right up your alley.
Because , really, I shouldn't have. Because this one stars reporter Ben Urich and is mainly about the little son of a minor villain (recently deceased) and his efforts to cope with his father's death. A death in which Daredevil played no small part.
It was like reading a short story by Jonathan Kellerman, with lovely painted artwork from David Mack and disturbing child crayons 'drawn ' by the boy.
It was an experience in psychotheraphy with occassional muscled men in tights and bad flashbacks from Ben Urich. It is Bendis showing off, a bravura piece which hardly fits the superhero mold. Not even for one issue (though that has been done by the likes of Alan Moore) but a whole story-arc.
And it worked so well, I can still hardly believe it.
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