Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Band of the Hand
One of the reasons I have stuck with this title since the 1970s (and there are a lot of bad issues between then and now) is because it never really seems static and has had a sense that anything can happen (especially since the late '80s). As of late he has had his identity outed, been jailed, and has (once again) gone off the deep end. Now this.
Obviously there is a plan for ol' Hornhead. He hasn't, as some people have said, "gone criminal." He is, however, dancing on that razor's edge, and that's what makes the series exciting. If you want a safe read where you are hardly ever challenged on what you can expect from a superhero comic, you can read any number of titles. Daredevil has never been about conventions.
This plot twist could very well fail in an awful way. If that happens, it will be a shame, but the title will live on. There have been other plot lines that have fallen flat in their execution (Mike Murdock, working for S.H.I.E.L.D, etc.), but that's the joy of reading a title that is not one of Marvel's flagships. It can be tweaked. It leaves room for experimentation. That will inevitably lead to some failures, but it will also produce incredible stories.
Only time will tell what this storyline turns out to be, but I'm betting that before it is over many of the critics will change their minds. And if I'm wrong? Eventually there will be a new writer who will bring new problems to Daredevil's life, and if the past few years are any indication -- it could be a very wild ride.