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April 27, 2015


Jones, one of the Jones boys

Yeah, this recent Daredevil with Waid, Samnee, Rivera et al...it's the first time in ages that I haven't felt let down by the "-but-it's-actually-good" subgenre (as in: "yeah, it's a superhero comic, but it's actually good"). (see e.g. Nextwave, Iron Fist...).

It's charming that artists and writer have been making such an effort to think of novel superpower stuff. Shame about the secret ID, tho (I haven't actually read that far) -- I liked the prior status quo where it was a completely open secret/celebrity rumour. That was a fun idea; not long-term sustainable maybe, but no less so, really, than the standard secret secret identity


The public identity in the new volume is more the logical consequence of the open secret in the last one, and the celebrity angle is still there, just taken to its inevitable conclusion. Waid and Samnee are very much building on what they've done before.

As for sustainability, I don't know. At this point Murdock has been outed for more than a decade, and I don't see how Marvel puts that genie back in the bottle without some sort of DC-style continuity reset. You'd think one look at DC's comics would be enough to convince them of the long-term viability of that strategy, but with Secret Wars around the corner I guess you never know...

Jones, one of the Jones boys

Hell, they did it twice over with Spider-Man -- bye-bye public identity, bye-bye Mary-Jane...But, nah, I didn't mean Marvel would want to change it, just that it's diegetically implausible nobody would ever get conclusive proof that DD=Murdock once the idea was out there.

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