The man without fear (Daredevil) is bringing fun back.
Let me just get this out there: I wasn't a fan of the Bendis/Maleev 4 year run on Daredevil and I'm happy to say that Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera's run hits the ground running 180 degrees in the opposite direction story wise.
Mark Waid has done an excellent job of taking everything that's happened to Matt over the last six or eight years: quantified it; keeps what he likes; and respectfully leaves everything else alone like a sleeping junk yard dog. Those story elements haven't been thrown away or removed from cannon they are just no longer the focus of the book and are clearly in Matt's (and the supporting characters) history.
Matt's powers and abilities as well as Matt's personality under the Daredevil mask, are put to good use in the story. Mark Waid has re-established Matt as as solid individual dedicated to a mission. Mark has captured a Matt Murdock that's not been seen for a decade or more, he's shed a lot of Matt's darker pshycological aspects (I don't want to label them as I've not read DD in a few years because of them). There's a lot more dare than devil in DD these days.
While Mark has shed plenty of what's been done to Matt as of late, it's not been forgotten or dissapeared completely. That would be cheating (like a reboot or relaunch of sorts huh DC?) so Mark embraces it and those elements serves to enhance the story.
The second issue (as well as the third) is structured very similarly to the first with Daredevil having to answer for his crimes of the past via a unique pop quiz delivered to him by another superhero and only once he's passed it (sort of) can he be allowed to move forward and continue with the legal case that consumes his mission for justice. Let me just say that Mark Waid is the master of the one page character introduction and he uses the technique in all three issues.
While Daredevil is slightly put off guard at the start of the test he's not helpless and it doesn't take him long to figure out who's testing him. It's a man in the Marvel Universe "with a heart beat like none other in the world". ~Mark Waid
Mark is able to use the test to share new aspects of both the characters and instantly remind us the reader that Daredevil has a large history of doing good in the Marvel Universe and is interconnected to several of the heroes of the even though he's never been a mainstay of any particular team book.
|This is an awesome scene, easily one of my favorites.|
The true villain is finally revealed, and we the readers see how this villain's actions effect both the street crime Daredevil is dealing with as well as the court battle tangling up Matt and DD's lifes on all sides.
This issue has a lot more action in it. The court room/ street battle ratio is flipped with issue three in that the street battle is favored and it's moved to the front of the book so that the court room can be in the back. Like an ending of sorts. A happy ending? We'll you'll have to read it to find out.
I can't recommend this book enough. It's a light read, but one not done in five minutes (I always hate that). It's a fun read that will leave yo laughing. It's an action packed adventure captured very effectively in 2d and not surprising it's just damn good.