Saturday, June 16, 2012
Mark Waid's Daredevil
For Daredevil fans, it has been a hell of a ride. And now the character has come back full circle with writer Mark Waid taking over the title in 2011. Many fans and critics agree: The title has never been better.
I had to admit I was hesitant to embrace the new old Daredevil. Gone was the depression and insanity. Gone was Daredevil tossing villians out third story windows. Instead, all this was replaced with a hero who cracked jokes and seemed to be having fun with his life. He was rebuilding. He was mending bridges. He was getting to do the things most people would want to do with their lives had they had the chance to do it again.
I started reading the new series, unconvinced I would like it. Daredevil was deep. Yes, he started out as a fairly standard hero, but along the way he had grown. He had a foundation in religion (fairly rare in comics), he had known insanity, he had tortured. Taking him back to square one seemed not only like a bad idea, but also it felt unrealistic. I know the idea of having realism in a comic seems ridiculous, but the best stories and characters have a basis in realism, and Waid making the character a blind Spider-Man felt wrong to me. I read it with an open mind, however, and I was pleased. Very pleased.
Waid won't write this character forever. I'm a bit behind on the title, so he could even be gone by now. What I do feel justified in saying, though, is that when he leaves the title, his name will be up there with the other great writers on the series. Miller. Bendis. Brubaker. Smith. Diggle. Waid. This skeptic has been cured.