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    Reviews - Daredevil - HC vol. 05

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Daredevil HC 5 - Thai
This hardcover contains two arcís.

The first is
The Golden Age

Alexander Bont is released from jail and wants revenge on Daredevil for ruining his criminal career and sending him to jail for all the years his been away.
Who is Alexander Bont you ask well he was the Kingpin before Wilson Fisk!

Bontís reputation was earned via killing a masked criminal so he feelís by taking Daredevilís life he can earn the respect he lost and also quench his thirst for revenge.

The pacing in this again is nigh on perfect and even though there are many flashbacks you donít for one minute feel like you canít follow what is going on which is the case for a lot of issues that decide so go back & forth from past to present.
The White Tiger concept comes back in to play in this arc also and takes a dramatic turn to which will be interesting to see map out.

The moody atmosphere returns again mainly due to Maleevís inking and pencilís which as I have said on countless occasions greatly suits the mood of the book.

It would be nice to see someone else take over the inking for once though so Maleev can put a little more details in his characters but this is only a mild complaint really

The only real complaint I have with this arc is itís not in my opinion quite as good as some of the previous arcís like Underboss or Out but this is really being harsh as these arcís are pretty much 80% better then whatís out currently in the medium.

The Mutant drug Hormone concept is also wearing a bit thin now, itís hard to swallow a 90 year old man being able to do the things heís doing hormone or not.
Especially when you consider Daredevil battled a 100 yukuza on this drug to a virtual standstill not two arcís earlier.
Itís getting to the point where as soon as I see flashing green eyes I roll my eyes.


The second arc is
Decalogue
I feel Bendis was born to write this series as his dialogue in the story is some of his best yet and is based around a focus group explaining how Dardevilís first year of being Kingpin has altered there individual life and to be honest is pretty much a room full of talking heads.

To those of you who get there kicks from action packed comics you have no need to apply here as Daredevil doesnít appear in even half of this arc let alone any real action to speak of but donít be fooled this is a great arc and is certainly different to anything in this series that has come before it.

The story tends to turn in a direction I didnít see coming towards the end and I donít know if this sort of story actually suits this title but I guess Bendis should really be applauded for trying something different.

I enjoyed this arc a great deal though and found it a nice break from the main plot as this doesnít really have any great consequence to the nigh on four year story.
But itís back to the main plot next arc with The Murdock Papers and unfortunately Bendis last for the Daredevil series, he will be missed.

Impressive
7.9 Out of ten





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