As I said last week about the Punisher (seen here), Daredevil is a character that Marvel has brought back to relevancy with its Netflix shows. "The Man Without Fear" had moved passed his previous iteration on the screen, but we need to talk about that for a moment.
As a child, when Ben Affleck played Matt Murdoch, that was my only exposure to the character. I had never heard of the character before, and then, you know, I saw the movie. As if it needs saying, I did not think of the character again until Netflix and Marvel announced the new series.
And I was blown away. Everything about the first season was amazing. It had some of the best cinematography and choreography of anything Marvel had done, the best villain so far with Kingpin, and great actors nailing their parts.
Suffice it to say, I was a fan of the character after Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. The only thing I had not done yet was read any of the source material. When I explained that at AFJ HQ East, I was told to read "Daredevil: Yellow" as soon as I was able. So, over my Thanksgiving break from work, I did.
Let’s start simple. Tim Sale and Jeff Loeb. That is all I needed to hear for me to get excited about this comic (for reference one of my favorite comics of all time is "Superman For All Seasons"). The watercolor aesthetic of their books is gorgeous, especially in their full-page panels. In this book, they use the space not only to show a lot of detail, but they also show the way Daredevil moves in an environment in the best way a comic could.
The other aspect of this comic that needs highlighting is its use of color. As its name suggests, yellow plays a large role. The color, present in Daredevil’s original costume, is sentimental for Matt; it is the yellow of his father’s boxing robe and a reminder of the criminals that took that father away.
In the panel below you see “Battling Jack’ Murdoch in yellow and in realistic color while Foggy and Matt (not in the spotlight) show up in this blueish shadow. This is just a level of detail and quality I don’t often see in modern comics, which makes reading these older comics (I think I was 7 or 8 when this came out) that much more enjoyable.
The other main point I want to bring up about "Daredevil: Yellow" is it is an origin story for Matt becoming the Daredevil, in the best way possible. We all know that origin stories are usually the least interesting part of a superhero story, but this book does something a little different.
It doesn’t waste time explaining the accident that gives Matt his heightened senses, it shows us why he put on the costume, but the through an interesting lens: Matt is writing letters about the past. Karen Page has died and to cope, to move on, and become "The Man Without Fear" again, Matt writes about when they first met. It is simultaneously heart-warming and heartbreaking, watching love blossom but knowing the flower has already died.
As I continue to read these iconic stories about characters I have dismissed at one time or another, I find that it really only takes one good story to redeem a character. For every Daredevil (2003) there is a "Daredevil: Yellow" just waiting to show you who the character truly is.
By now I’m sure most people have watched Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, but have you read this comic? Let me know in the comments, and if you haven’t, what are you still reading this for? Go! Go read it! #AFJ4LIFE
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Order Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's Daredevil: Yellow HERE on AMAZON.