This is D.C. here to finally throw down on this:
Daredevil, Volume 5: Out, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev.
It seems silly to even give a small intro, but for those who don’t know…Daredevil is Matt Murdock, a lawyer who was blinded by a radioactive isotope, but which also gave him superhuman senses and a radar similar to echolocation. Daredevil was eventually trained as a ninja and protects the gritty part of New York, Hell’s Kitchen. He is known as the Man Without Fear…oh, and he has an awful, awful relationship history.
Volume 5: Out covers how Daredevil struggles to gain some semblance of control after his secret identity is sold to the press. The stress in Matt’s personal and vigilante lives from the outing is further complicated by his defending the first White Tiger, Hector Ayala, who is under trial for murder.
For those who’ve watched Netflix’s Daredevil, you see how masochistic and self-destructive the titular character is. You see that in spades in the comics as well. Brian Michael Bendis tackled the tormented mindset of Daredevil, and especially the unbridled anger and sociopathy lurking beneath the surface. Even better, it was refreshing to read Foggy Nelson rip into Matt for how everything that’s happened up to this point has been his own fault.
Brian Michael Bendis writes nearly every guest character to my liking: you see Spider-Man’s typical wisecracking bravado; Elektra’s sense of enigma; even Black Widow’s uncertain mastery of English when she says, “How do you say…” It was a trip t0 read Bendis’ take on each character.
However, I found it interesting how proper Luke Cage and Jessica Jones were written. I expected much more gruff language out of those two. Not Marvel Max level of profanity, but still.
Alex Maleev did a phenomenal job with his art and captured the essence of what one would imagine reading Daredevil. It’s not cute, cartoonish, or even horrific. It’s just raw and human, sort of how I imagine a pulp, street-level hero like Daredevil to be portrayed.
The murder trial of the first White Tiger, Hector Ayala was just gripping and rough to read. It was fantastic to read a trial that only Matt Murdock can take on. It was as sensational as you can expect any murder trial to go, with the Marvel flair sprinkled in.
Finally, the covers for these issues were about as fantastic and fitting as the interior art.
Really? The only things I didn’t like were very minor inconsistencies in Alex Maleev’s penciling of both Black Widow and Matt Murdock. One word used during the White Tiger’s trial.
I’m a forensics person (seriously; I have a master’s degree in it), and the fact that the term “blood splatter” is used in Ayala’s trial instead of the correct term, “blood spatter,” it just burns my butthole. It’s improper, but it’s just a wrinkle in the overall storyline.
Daredevil, Volume 5 was a fantastic read. You get action, but the with the knowledge that the action is NOT important to the overall plot of this story. You get even more insight into Matt Murdock’s mentality and how he takes getting his identity sold out to the public. You see just how self-destructive Murdock actually is. You also see emotion, and how lost and uncertain Matt feels.
Maleev’s art is perfect for capturing the essence and world of Daredevil. I definitely look forward to reading and finding more of Bendis and Maleev’s Daredevil run.