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NEW LOOK FOR DAREDEVIL

Daredevil- The Devil's Apprentice, coverA comic book in which the visuals have changed violently is the new Daredevil. In Charles Soule’s story, DD is back in New York, this time as an assistant district attorney, prosecutor rather than defense. In the opening sequence of No.1 of the relaunched title, Daredevil saves the life of a star witness in a forthcoming trial involving one of the top lieutenants of the Chinatown crime boss, Tenfingers. The encounter with Tenfingers’ thugs ends with all of them prone and DD victorious — DD and his trainee, Blindspot, an Asian fighter, who, we see on the last page of this issue, may be Tenfingers’ agent.

We also learn that somehow (unspecified) Daredevil has arranged for the entire world to forget that he and Matt Murdock are the same person. Everyone has forgotten except Murdock’s partner Foggy, who resents Daredevil involving him in his plans.

But it’s Ron Garney’s drawing that enlivens this issue. His style is in sharp contrast to the liquid line of Chris Samnee. Garney flashes linear fragments, knitting them together with shadowy black modeling and minimal feathering. The impression is that the pictures are elliptical, suggestive rather than delineative. And in rendering Daredevil, Garney makes the costume black and makes it shimmer with white highlights. Spectacular.

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Throughout the book, he works with colorist Matt Milla, deploying only one color: in Daredevil action sequences, the color is red; in others, the color is brown or blue.

 

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