“My life is a foreign film with no subtitles.”
My god, it feels like it’s been a while. Hey, all, this is D.C. back for another month of reviews. In between work and the holidays, I’ve been reading many (and buying) many books. To start off July, I’m pleased to share this gem:
Daredevil, Vol. 8: Echo – Vision Quest is a solo arc by David Mack, and picks up right after Daredevil’s Hardcore storyline, which depicts Daredevil’s takeover of Hell’s Kitchen. This tale detail’s Echo’s return and her attempts to make sense of her life.
NOTE: For those needing a quick recap, Echo is Maya Lopez, a deaf, part-Native American who is the Kingpin’s adopted daughter. She is one of the many chaotic loves of Daredevil.
In a word…
I can barely find the words.
This arc blew me away. David Mack did a phenomenal job tackling Echo, a deaf Native American. Mack masterfully paints a picture to the reader using those two important aspects of Echo.
The first issue of this arc had me hooked from the beginning. It is a dense read, and you literally have to read EVERYTHING on each page to understand this tale. Everything that appears insignificant, is not. This is not a book to read if you prefer action and pictures over literature (and really, there are people like that). It is heavy in imagery and metaphor, but that is its exact charm.
One of my favorite lines from this arc was that even in her heart broken anger, Echo hits the nail on the head about Daredevil in the way others have: “Do you realize what a nutcase you are?”
Just like the writing, David Mack shows off his phenomenal skills in art. Echo – Vision Quest is mostly painted, and the colors are just as striking, vivid, and beautiful as the pencils, if not more so.
Unlike other artists, you can see true variability in David Mack’s work throughout this book, and it happens for a reason. Different styles are used to convey Echo’s different experiences in life. There are even pages where Scrabble tiles are used. I don’t know why I found that comical, but it was added to the beauty of Echo – Vision Quest.
One of the biggest benefits to this arc is that this is Echo’s tale from beginning to end. Mack enables the reader to understand Echo’s past while still being well-focused on the present.
It is very obvious that David Mack did substantial homework in providing this tale. The depictions of sign language, Native American mythology, even the use of particular names and meanings. These all provide a greater sense of reality to this fictional character, as do her very human desires to belong and to fix her own mistakes with Daredevil.
One thing surprised me the most out of this volume of Daredevil: I thought I was going to cry from reading something this magical and lyrical. It was like music.
Similar to the Miracleman books, Echo – Vision Quest reads like a novel.
Daredevil, Vol. 8: Echo – Vision Quest is a true work of literary and visual art by David Mack. Mack paints a beautiful picture and story of Echo that feels so real and is entirely relatable. I found this book to be flawless in both portrayal and execution. I can’t recommend this book enough.