The first Marvel Knights Daredevil book was stunning to look at and I was expecting great things for this one. This edition collects Dardevil 26-37, and features Brian Michael Bendis as the writer and Alex Maleev as the artist. I have heard a lot of good things about Bendis’s handling of Daredevil and I wasnt dissapointed in that respect. Alex Maleev’s artwork on the other hand did nothing for me at all. I found it to be dull, dark, grainy and uninspiring and definitely not suited to the deluxe format. It did spoil my overall enjoyment of the book slightly. Art is a very personal thing and it is not that Maleev’s art is bad it is just that it doesn’t appeal to me.
The story is solid and revolves around infighting in Kingpin’s organization that spills out to hit Murdock really hard. It is filled with good drama, intrigue, shocking moments and a plot that draws you in with more flashbacks than a Tarrantino movie. It is a little light on action at times and a can be a little heavy with all its deep social nuances and tortured souls. It isn’t your usual action superhero book with a far more pedestrian pace but it is a good read. 6/10 [ISBN-13: 978-0785109266]
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