What a great new debut! Someone at Marvel (*cough* Mark Waid *cough*) really gets it! I stopped reading Daredevil after Kevin Smith’s run (how long has that been? 15 years ago?), and have read only a handful of issues since. I know Matt Murdock has had to deal with the fallout from the revelation of his secret identity in the years since, but Waid treats it as an effect of the 24 hour news cycle in which the average man-in-the-street may or may not believe it. Waid also reinvents the Spider-Man villain “The Spot” as a true force to be reckoned with. Don’t page ahead, though, because the last page of the main story ends with a surprise you wouldn’t want to have ruined.

Yes, there is a back-up story, but it’s every bit as good as the main story. And the art is exceptional! (Paolo Rivera on the main story, Marcos Martin on the back-up.) The description and depiction of how DD’s powers work is also very well-done in both stories. Even the LOC page (“Letters Without Fear” - Is that new?) was good, providing not only Waid’s pitch of the series, but also a tribute to long-time DD penciler Gene Colan.

No one is more surprised than I, but Marvel is still capable of producing comic books I want to read! This is the best “new number one” since… well, since Captain America a week or two back.

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Yeah, I raved about it on facebook.  It was the comic that made me break my "no more buying/keeping single issues" rule.
It was a terrific issue. I read it this morning. Looks like I will be reading Daredevil for the foreseeable. Mark Waid does, indeed, get it. The only DD I've ever really read is Karl Kesel's way too short run back in the 90's. That was probably the last time he was happy! Now that I'm a Marvel reader, I'm proud to add this title to my line.
Okay, you talked me into it. I'll get one the next time I go to the store.
I haven't got Daredevil #1 yet -- it's coming with my Westfield order in a week or so -- but I'm told that there is a letter from and a shout-out to Darediva, a member of the Legion of Superfluous Heroes and a sort-of neighbor (she lives in Arkansas) of your humble Captain. She's just about the world's biggest Daredevil fan -- for heaven's sake, she quilts him -- so I am in awe. Give her a shout-out here or on Twitter at @darediva. She's good folks!
She has the ONLY fan letter in the issue!
It's a good start.  Hopefully he'll try something other than "Matt gets a new girlfriend, she gets assaulted/killed/driven insane and Matt has a nervous breakdown" cycle, followed by the obligatory "Kingpin's latest and greatest plan to rub Matt's face in the tarmac" followed by "oh look, the Hand.  We haven't seen them in like...six weeks."
If there's anybody I trust not to do that, it's Mark Waid. His run on the Fantastic Four impressed me in that it was about finding new ways to look at familiar characters rather than recycling what was hot 20 years ago. Likewise his run(s) on Captain America.
Yes keep out the Kingpin, Bullseye, Elektra, Black Widow, ninjas, ex-girlfriends, dead girl-friends, crazy girl-friends, crazy ex-girl-friends and generally remove Matt from the MU for a while so he can heal and set up his own direction without crossovers and guest stars!

Randy Jackson said:
It's a good start.  Hopefully he'll try something other than "Matt gets a new girlfriend, she gets assaulted/killed/driven insane and Matt has a nervous breakdown" cycle, followed by the obligatory "Kingpin's latest and greatest plan to rub Matt's face in the tarmac" followed by "oh look, the Hand.  We haven't seen them in like...six weeks."


ClarkKent_DC said:
If there's anybody I trust not to do that, it's Mark Waid. His run on the Fantastic Four impressed me in that it was about finding new ways to look at familiar characters rather than recycling what was hot 20 years ago. Likewise his run(s) on Captain America.


 

Spider-Man Brand New Day (which Waid was involved in) managed to find new ways to look at old characters for about 6 months before going back to recycling what was hot 20, 30 and 40 years ago.  I've just finished the interminable Gauntlet.  Please make it stop!

... which is why I stopped reading Spider-Man about 15 years ago. After all, wasn't "Brand New Day" all about restoring the old Spider-Man status quo?
The Gauntlet was a dark series of stories, no doubt, but even though the Lizard, Rhino, Vulture, Electro, et al went through some extreme changes, they're still being played for laughs so their upgrade was meaningless, especially the agony of the Lizard's "improvement!" :-(

The Lizard was the strongest of the stories.  Bachalo is a wonderfully maverick artist.  The story itself was quite clever in the bits about the lizard brain and the mammal brain.

 

By this stage of Spider-man's loooong career, Curt Conner's son was in care (great work Spidey!) and I'd guess that his wife had been ripped apart long ago.  These are all now stories of deeply damaged, traumatised people.

 

(Need I SPOIL what happens to Conner's son during this outing?)

 

Clark said:

 

... which is why I stopped reading Spider-Man about 15 years ago. After all, wasn't "Brand New Day" all about restoring the old Spider-Man status quo?

 

Wise man.  Having read most of BND, I'd have to declare it is a pretty good updating of Spider-man for a new audience (if such a thing exists)  High quality writing and art, with shockingly for a modern comic, some minor shout-outs to the world as it is in the 21st century.  But there is simply no reason to read it if you've already read a long stint of good Spider-man comics.  Our Captain was very wise to drop it when he did, too.

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