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Review – Man Without Fear #3 (Marvel Comics)

Man Without Fear #3
Overall
7.3/10
7.3/10
  • Writing - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Art - 7/10
    7/10
  • Overall - 7.3/10
    7.3/10
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Summary

Writer: Jed MacKay
Artist: Iban Coello
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: January 16, 2019

The Defenders come together once again, but it may be the last time for Matt Murdock.

 

 

“Tears for Fears” Man Without Fear #3

After Foggy Nelson’s visit in issue #1 and last week’s feature of past and current loves of Matt Murdock, the man they call Daredevil seems to be getting everyone out of his life since his near death experience. The road to recovery is hard; Matt Murdock has always been used to standing back up, but being a superhero isn’t easy on the body. Past injuries have built up and being run over saving a kid has exacerbated all his old injuries. Worse than the physical is the mental anguish he feels. Barely able to stand, Matt Murdock is ready to leave the mask behind. In Man Without Fear #3 Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist visit their friend.

Writing

Man Without Fear #3 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Kyle Hotz
Main cover by Kyle Hotz

Man Without Fear #3 is definitely an uptick and pace from the previous issue. This five-issue weekly series started off fairly well with the first issue; the second issue dipped a little bit, but it seems to be back on pace now. The first issue was good, dealing with Foggy Nelson and the inner workings of Matt Murdock’s head. Nothing great but it set up this mini-series well.

Jed MacKay continues to deal with Matt Murdock’s psychological issues in Man Without Fear #3. After first reading issue #3, I had a “meh” reaction. It wasn’t bad but it didn’t really have an effect on me. Then I decided to read it again, and the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. MacKay does some interesting things in this issue, getting into Matt Murdock’s head. What makes a Man Without Fear? What happens when he loses that?

MacKay framed Man Without Fear #3 with present-day Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Danny Rand visiting him while flashing back to a mission they had been on as the Defenders to catch Foolkiller. It is a good setup and MacKay paces the story well in between the two. I also enjoyed MacKay’s writing of the other Defenders; he has a knack for catching all of those characters’ voices. I really enjoyed the dialogue between Jessica Jones and Matt Murdock; it felt spot-on.

Art

Man Without Fear #3 features artist Iban Coello on interiors. Since this weekly series is featuring kind of different stories of Matt throughout his recovery, the art changeup is not that big of a deal. The first issue Matt was in a hospital bed still in a coma; then the second issue he was awake; and now, in this issue, he is attempting some physical therapy. Coello’s art is pretty solid throughout the whole issue. His style reminds me a little bit of Dan Mora, with some more angled lines on characters and a little more animated feeling to them. He has some strong work throughout the issue. Some of the facial expressions may be a little too over the top at times, but that is the only real complaint.

Andres Mossa continues on coloring duties and this issue seems very bright compared to the others. It is not bad, but the brighter colorations do not seem to fit the tone of the issue that much. It is kind of a darker story, so I would have liked to see the colors toned down a little bit.

Conclusion

Man Without Fear #3 is another valid entry into this five-issue weekly series leading up to the relaunch of Daredevil. The more I thought about the issue the more I enjoyed the story. MacKay does a great job of defining what is going on in Matt Murdock’s head at the moment and relaying that to the reader. The art, again, is solid comic book art: nothing terrible, but also nothing stands out as spectacular either, but all-around good. I guess that might be the bad thing about this series. If you are going to put a book out for 5 weeks straight for $3.99 apiece it had better be great. While not bad, I am not sure it is worth it, either.


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