I read Daredevil Omnibus for two particular reasons:
1) I have every issue collected here, but it’d be nice to have them all in one hardcover to read instead of digging out 30 comics.
2) Whenever people scoff at the fact I read comics, I can point them in the direction of the Daredevil Omnibus and dare them stop reading after a couple of issues.
For about five years, Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev weaved a gripping tale of just how crazy a mofo has to be to put on a suit and try to fight crime. And every month for five years I was totally enthralled with the world these artists created. Daredevil isn’t just good-for-a-comic-book good– it’s great literature. As someone who watched The Wire after reading Bendis’ run, I can say that Daredevil is the closest thing to the HBO show I’ve ever witnessed. And that’s hard to do especially for a book involving a superhero. But everything is treated so realistically as decisions are brought down from government officials with their effects reaching the common street criminal.
While many authors claim to rock a character’s foundation to the core, Bendis succeeds at forever changing the status quo as Daredevil deals with the fact that his girlfriend was murdered in cold blood before his eyes. Post-traumatic stress, paranoia and depression all set in as he tries to maintain his lifestyle on the brink of insanity. Oh yea, his identity is also revealed on the front page of a New York newspaper. It’s a thoroughly compelling ride to watch a character be torn apart before our eyes and Bendis executes this demise marvelously with an ending you’d never expect.
There are some truly Shakespearean betrayals at each turn and Bendis has an unparalleled knack for accurate, biting dialogue. Maleev’s grim pencils only heighten the already thick tension emanating from each page.
The Watchmen may have the whole Best Graphic Novel Ever title on lock in a lot of people’s eyes. But that was just a mini-series. Daredevil set the comic world on fire for years with consistently captivating storytelling that always stayed a cut above the rest of the books on shelves.
I definitely recommend this collection for anyone looking for a great read over the Holidays or for book to give to first-time comic book readers.
Don’t feel ashamed to send one my way while you’re at it.
The Game – The Documentary
Various Artists – Boyz In The Hood OST