Writing - 8/10
Art - 8.8/10
Overall - 8.4/10
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Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release: January 6, 2019
Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto start a brand new run on the man without fear. But how has Matt Murdock’s recent brush with death affected him?
“Know Fear” Daredevil #1
The new re-launch of Daredevil is here with Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto taking the reins of old horn head. Daredevil #1 starts almost right from where the Man Without Fear mini-series left off. Matt Murdock almost fully recovered from his injuries leaves the hospital and returns to Hell’s Kitchen. The criminals in Hell’s Kitchen have forgotten about “the Devil” but Matt Murdock will make sure everyone knows that he is back! But, Mayor Fisk still has the cops trying to arrest super-hero vigilantes and there is a new Detective in town that maybe on Daredevil’s tail. Plus Matt Murdock isn’t exactly 100% and he has a little ring rust from his time away. When fighting it only takes one mistake to turn deadly!
Every time I read a new series by Chip Zdarsky he surprises me with his talent. From his creator-owned work like Sex Criminals to his current Marvel stuff like Marvel Two-in-One or Spider-Man he always pulls something different out of his pocket. If you follow him on social media he has sort of a wacky/comedic personality that comes out in his writing. But he has consistently shown that he is way more than that. He brings Matt Murdock back to the dark and gritty in Daredevil #1.
Zdarsky dives deep into the mind of Matt Murdock. This “new start” of a “Man Without Fear” dealing with his fear and his penchant for violence is an excellent dissection of the character. Zdarsky starts off this new series well; I really enjoyed the new Detective character he introduces in Daredevil #1. I won’t spoil anything about it, but it will be very interesting to see how Zdarsky uses him throughout his run. A lot happens in Daredevil #1 to set up the ongoing story and Zdarsky does a great job of hooking the reader in for the long term.
Zdarsky also does a very simple yet elegant backup story that he writes and draws. It is only 4 pages of Daredevil saving someone, but it’s a nice little short story.
I was very excited to see that Marco Checchetto would be doing the art for this series. I really loved what he brought to Old Man Hawkeye and was interested to see his take on Daredevil. To no surprise, the art is fantastic in Daredevil #1. Checchetto brings his clean detailed style to Hell’s Kitchen and it works tremendously well. I love his tight line work and attention to detail. His background work is just phenomenally well done. From buildings to signs and little things all around add up to bring the picture to life. Daredevil also looks amazing in his costume. Chechetto makes the simple DD costume look fantastic. He also shows movement extremely well throughout the page. Daredevil looks so elegant jumping across the rooftops.
Checchetto does draw a rather young looking Matt Murdock. It is not the biggest deal but he looks like he is in his early twenties at most. It is kind of odd, but with the “sliding timeline” who knows how old he is supposed to be. I am also not the biggest fan of how Checchetto draws facial hair on Matt, it doesn’t look very natural. Those obviously just to very minor complaints to overall excellent art.
Sunny Gho does some good coloring work as well in Daredevil #1. Gho dives in head first to bring that dark/grittiness to the issue. Though the coloring does have an overall dark tone Gho makes the DD costume pop off the pages, the red looks fantastic. I also like the slight gleaming almost reflective feel Gho gives to the issue. Zdarsky does well on the backup story as well with his art. It is a definite change in style as he has a lot more cartoony animated styling compared to Checchetto’s more realistic characters and his coloring work in much brighter and flatter than Gho’s. But it does work well for his short story.
I really dig what Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto are doing with Daredevil #1. It feels like a little return to the Bendis/Maleev or Brubaker/Lark runs. Obviously not the same but the tone feels like those comics more than what the previous two incarnations have been doing. The art is wonderful and exactly what I wanted to see from Checchetto and Gho, while Zdarsky seems to be taking Daredevil to another dark place in his first outing. Daredevil #1 is a great start to the series and feels like a really good jumping on point for new readers as well.
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