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Daredevil got his first new series in the All-New, All-Different Marvel universe last week, and he brought a new friend.  Matt Murdock returns as the blind lawyer from Hell’s Kitchen, only this time, rather than being a defense attorney, he’s actually working for the city as an ADA.  He’s working with an informant to bring down a dangerous cult known as the Church of Ten Fingers.  Matt works with the informant by day, while Daredevil protects him at night, all while training a new recruit in the fight against crime, a young man from Hell’s Kitchen with the hero name Blindspot.

Charles Soule writes a very character driven story here, which is something that he’s pretty good at.  There’s a lot of introspection and inner monologue from Matt, and it really helps to build and solidify the character.  Realistically, Daredevil doesn’t have super powers, he’s just a regular guy with an interesting ability, and that shows here.  He gets hit, and it hurts, he gets cut, and he bleeds, just like everyone else.  He’s easily one of the most human heroes out there, and Soule seems to understand that and writes the story accordingly.  I would have liked to see a little more of Blindspot, just to get to know him a little better, but I’m sure that will come in the next few issues.  He also gives us a pretty creepy villain to boot.

Ron Garney gets the artwork here, and for as gritty and unclean as it is, it’s really something wonderful to look at.  This world is dark, and sometimes blurry, and it’s probably a lot like the way Matt views the world.  The look of this comic is amazing.  The contrast and shading for when Daredevil uses his radar sense is really fantastic, and again, it all goes toward the effect of seeing the world through your main character’s eyes.  When you can get your audience to do that, it makes relating to the main character that much easier.

This is definitely one of the best new comics I’ve read this year.  Soule seems to get the character and writes him exceedingly well, while Garney gives us a world that is dark and beautiful in its scope.  I would highly recommend this book if you still haven’t figured out what to read in the new Marvel books just yet.  I hadn’t read a whole lot of Daredevil stories to this point, but this seems like a great place to start.

The Verdict for Daredevil #1:
5 out of 5

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Stay nerdy, my friends.

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