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Review – Man Without Fear #1 (Marvel Comics)

Man Without Fear #1 (Marvel Comics) connecting variant cover (detail) by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Man Without Fear #1
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  • Art - 7.5/10
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Summary

Writer: Jed MacKay
Artist: Danilo S. Beyruth
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: January 2, 2019

Foggy Nelson has been Matt Murdock’s right-hand man for many years, through thick and thin. In Man Without Fear #1, Foggy can do nothing but wait and pray as Matt fights for his life.

 

“Die Hard” Man Without Fear #1

Matt Murdock has been clinging to life ever since diving in front of a truck to save a young teenager’s life. It seems all the hits, blows, cuts and wounds have taken their toll on the man they call Daredevil. Protecting Hell’s Kitchen was never an easy job, but Matt Murdock always came back for more, no matter how badly beaten, broken and torn down he was. “The Man Without Fear” always stood back up. Now, lying in a hospital bed with his best friend Foggy Nelson by his side, can Matt Murdock stand up once again, or is he down for the count in Man Without Fear #1?

Writing

Man Without Fear #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Kyle Hotz
Man Without Fear #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Kyle Hotz

I was not a huge fan of how Charles Soule’s run on Daredevil ended with Daredevil #612. The whole “Death of Daredevil” story arc was a comatose dream inside Matt Murdock’s head. Apparently, after being hit by that bus 4 issues ago and going into surgery, he was in the hospital, so none of that stuff happened. It was an odd way to end that series, but I like what it is giving us with this Man Without Fear five-issue weekly series building up to the Daredevil relaunch with Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto at the helm.

Jed MacKay is handling the writing duties on all five issues and he is off to a wonderful start in Man Without Fear #1. This issue MacKay deals with what is within Daredevil’s mind; it is a great look into what drives Matt Murdock and why he is the “Man Without Fear.” Honestly, for me, it is a great insight into why I—and, I presume, others—love the character so much. He always gets back up. No matter how much pain or how fatigued he is, Daredevil always stands back up to fight for what he believes in. MacKay does a superb job of dwelling inside Matt Murdock’s head and delving through his past to have Matt challenge himself about why he puts his body through all of this pain and torture.

Man Without Fear #1 is also a delightful look at the friendship between Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson. Foggy is one of those characters you can’t help but love and MacKay nails the lovableness of his character. Sitting by Matt’s bed and trying to aid his friend no matter what. It adds some sweetness to the story.

Art

Danilo S. Beyruth handles the pencils and inks in Man Without Fear #1. For the first few pages, I was not really digging the art in Man Without Fear #1. It was not terrible or anything, it just seemed to lack emotion and energy. But, after those first few pages, Beyruth really started to shine. He has some great pages with Foggy by Matt’s bedside. The expressiveness of Foggy’s face was impressive. The way Beyruth made his hair fall in his face and his sullen eyes were some fantastic small details.

All the stuff happening in Matt’s head was well-rendered as well. I won’t spoil anything, but the skeleton creature looked great in all of the pages, nice creepy detail to it. We also get a look at all of Daredevil’s costumes throughout the years, and Beyruth does a good job on them. That armor costume of Daredevil gets some hate, but it looks cool to me! 

Andres Mossa does some great coloring work in Man Without Fear #1. All those costumes are wonderfully pulled off with his slight coloring changes. The little dark hints he puts into the original yellow costume looks great. 

Conclusion

I was not the biggest fan of how the “Death of Daredevil” storyline ended. But I like what we are getting from it with Man Without Fear #1. The insight into Matt Murdock’s mind and his friendship with Foggy Nelson was a great start to the five-issue weekly mini-series. It seems each issue will deal with different aspects of his life. Foggy was this issue; the next is “The Defenders” so it will be interesting to see what MacKay does with that. By the end of Man Without Fear #1, I was enjoying the art after a rocky start. Beyruth was originally solicited to do the art on all five issues but now it seems Stefano Landini will do issue #2 and Iban Coello will do issue #3. It will be interesting to see how that art change affects the story. 


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