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Daredevil 'Father' is one of my favourite collections within my Daredevil collection. I purchased this particular copy for twenty pounds from a comic shop. You may think that that is a lot of money but I have the hard back edition and it is simply beautiful in its construction.
Joe Quesada, a long-time Marvel artist and editor-in-chief of Marvel since the year 2000, hadn't drawn any comic book drawings for four years at the time and he wrote and created Daredevil Father as much for himself as the fans. What a fantastic job he did of it as well.
The story and indeed the finished product is dedicated to Quesada's own father and it will be of no surprise to anyone who reads it that the story centres strongly around a father and son relationship; namely that of Battlin Jack Murdock, a boxer, and his son, Matt who also happens to be the super hero, Daredevil.
Quesada's brilliant drawings were inked over by one of the hardest working inkers in the trade, Danny Miki and in turn the drawings were coloured in by Richard Isanove. The words or lettering was penned by Chris Eliopoulos.
The finished graphic novel looks absolutely stunning and Quesada's drawings have lost none of their charm. People who were familiar with his past work on daredevil will love this book. Richard Isanove's colour work is absolutely stunning and some of them are breath-taking. There are so many deep reds and oranges and for such a dark tale the colours really do bring out the story and make it come to life. It has to go down as one of the best graphic novels ever created in my opinion. I can sit there and look through it time and time again and I do frequently.
For those of you not familiar with Daredevil I thought it appropriate to give a short biography of the character and his comic's history.
I will be covering a number of Daredevil titles for review and with each one will be adding a biography of Daredevil. For the purposes of this I will use the same biography that I wrote myself for each review, so the work is mine and mine only, so no plagiarism or copying is at work here and the only work copied is from my own reviews and the copyright remains with me.
I was bullied as a child and this is probably the reason I was so captivated by Daredevil. A young Matt Murdock is on the run from bullies on his skateboard when he is involved in an accident with a truck carrying radioactive substances. Having outrun the bullies Matt notices a blind man who is about to be run over by the truck. He pushed the man out of the way and some of the falling substances hit Matt in the face and blind him. Matt starts to realise that all his other senses are heightened fifty fold. He can hear conversations from fifty blocks away and seems to have developed radar or sonar inside his head to help him avoid obstacles. His father, Jack Murdock, is a boxer and involved with some wrong people, who eventually kill him for not throwing a fight.
Matt swears to gain revenge on his Father's murderers and as he grows into a young man develops his new found skills and trains in martial arts with the aid of a man named 'stick'. Because of the astute ability of his inner ear, his balance and motion is heightened to surpass even the greatest athlete or gymnast. His sense of touch is also greatly enhanced and he can read just by detecting the formation of ink on a page. He can tell if someone is lying by the sound of their heart beat, which is useful when questioning would be criminals. He dons a yellow uniform to conceal his identity and goes out to avenge his father's death. His costume later turns to the famous red one and he vows to fight crime and rid his city of crime.Matt also runs a law firm with his best friend Foggy Nelson. They went to law school together and both graduated with degrees. So when a particular nasty person gets off on a technicality Matt can seek revenge through Daredevil if he knows of their guilt. It is the injustices that he witnesses every day that makes Matt even more determined to fight crime as Daredevil - The man without fear!
The first Daredevil comic appeared in April 1964 and was the mastermind of Marvel's creator Stan Lee and the artist Bill Everett. Jack Kirby, another famous Marvelite was responsible for creating Daredevil's famous billy club, which is used for getting about and bopping criminals with.Many artists and writers have worked on Daredevil as alluded to earlier in this review but one of the stand-out artists was Frank Miller. He came at the time when I started collecting and had a huge influence on me. Many of you will recognise his name as the creator and artist of 'Sin City'.Volume One of Daredevil ran for 380 issues until October 1998.
Volume Two started in November 1998, so no missing months interrupted the series. It started at number One again but from number twenty-two it reverted back to the old number run from volume one; so number twenty-two became number four hundred and two.The series carried on to number five hundred and twelve at which stage, daredevil was possessed by a demon and Matt Murdock moved from New York City. Issues five hundred and thirteen to five hundred and twenty were called 'The Black Panther - The Man without Fear' and the writers made out that the Black Panther was covering Daredevil's territory.
Many Daredevil fans, myself included, feared that this was the end of the Daredevil series. In the earlier part of the naughties it had struggled for a while and some issues were five months apart as opposed to the usual month, so many of us had sort of seen this coming for a while.However, Daredevil made a four issue appearance entitled 'Daredevil Reborn'. It was the first Daredevil since December 2010 when issue five hundred and twelve was produced. In July 2011 it was announced that Daredevil would be returning in Volume Three. In September 2011 the first issue appeared. It was the brain child of Mark Waid and Fred Van Lente. The artwork would come from Paulo Rivera and Marcus Martin and the ink work from Joe Rivera and Marcus Martin. A handful of past Daredevil artists would contribute to the cover of issue One and its variant covers, including, most notably, John Romita Snr, one of Marvels and Daredevil's best ever artists.
Daredevil Father - Storyline
Having defeated his arch nemesis 'The King Pin' and his henchmen, you would be forgiven for thinking that daredevil could rest easy for a while, safe in the knowledge that his beloved Hell's Kitchen could take a breathe and relax. No such luck I'm afraid. A serial killer who goes by the name of 'Johnny Sockets' starts to terrorise New York in the midst of one of the hottest heat waves the city has ever witnessed. Daredevil must stop sockets before he kills again. The body count is rising and the, locals are restless. The New York police force is under immense pressure to make and arrest and put a stop to this maniac that is stalking their streets.
Daredevil thinks back to the conversations he had with his father before his untimely death. His father would tell him not to end up like him by using his fists to sort out a problem. He taught him to use his brains and to think about the problem. Daredevil will need his brains and his fists if he is to stop the killer but can he do it before Sockets tracks down someone close to him and murders a friend or loved one of the man without fear?
He has already saved New York from a violent mobster but can he stop more innocent people from losing their lives? The heat is most certainly on.
Joe Quesada is a native New Yorker himself and as worked in comics for the past two decades. He was famous for being the first artist to design a new costume for Batman and the first person to do so for fifty years. He was responsible for the overhaul of Daredevil in Daredevil Volume two and drew the flag ship drawings for Marvel knights. The Marvel Knights Daredevil series sold so well that Quesada was appointed editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics. Daredevil Father was Quesada's first try and both writing and drawing a comic book simultaneously and as alluded to earlier, it was dedicated to his own father, Jose Luis Quesada.
Daredevil Father - My Thoughts
I love everything about this book and when it was launched in 2006 I purchased it immediately. As I said, I own the hard back edition and also a first edition. From the moment you open it you can see that it is something special. When you remove the dust cover you find a black bound book of high quality and the red lettering of the title looks superb. It truly is an amazing book and I would recommend it to anyone and by that I don't just mean Daredevil fans. Any lover of comics or art will appreciate this book. For me it is so appealing because I happen to be an artist, a fan of comics and a massive fan of Daredevil.
You can pick up the six separate comic issues for about three pounds each or maybe a little more depending on the condition or ware. The graphic novel is soft bound edition is around ten pounds. The hard back is around twenty, although I wouldn't sell mine for less than fifty if it was for sale; which it isn't as I would never sell it.
Well worth buying.
Five out of five stars.
In this hard cover you fill find the six part mini series titled Father.The artwork is disappointing with a return to the lumbering over-muscled and pained looking Daredevil we last saw when Joe Quesada drew for Kevin Smith's take on the character.Overall the artwork lacks real detail and finesse , it looks far too cartoonish in places.This certainly clashes with the tone and subject matter of the story . The introduction of a new super team named the Santerias is a real let down.They only appear in two of the six issues and struggle to show any real purpose or identity.The story of the serial killer hunting down Daredevils former clients is also rather muddled and fails to deliver any real satisfaction to the reader.
Definitely not Daredevils finest hour and there are certainly far better books available.Between the poor art , odd colouring and over-reaching confused story this is definitely one to avoid unless you are a true die hard fan of the series.