Daredevil by Frank Miller 1 | Review


Published on Feb 03, 2019


Panini Comics decided to revive the long and acclaimed run of Daredevil signed by the legendary Frank Miller with a series newsstand format Bonelli. The operation is the same as relative to the X-Men to Chris Claremont, but in the specific case, there are things to point out. First, however, let's start from the stories. When the then very young Frank Miller began to deal with the Red Devil, in the beginning it was limited to draw.

The scripts were signed by Roger McKenzie, the author inclined to devise plots that were a curious mix of atmospheres classically supereroiche and suggestions noir.

Jim Shooter, editor-in-chief of Marvel, he appreciated the noir and judged the style of Miller is perfect for the events of Devil. The artist of the state of Maryland was, at least in that period, influenced by Steve Ditko and Gil Kane. It was equipped with an aggressive style, and proposed figures twisted, not always flawless from the anatomical point of view, but expressive. Furthermore, the film cutting of the panels and the refined play of light and shadow he used does not leave anyone indifferent. Since its first steps, then, Miller proved to have potential and episode after episode he refined his stroke, thanks to the subsequent contribution of inker Klaus Janson, and this resulted in spectacular results that left a mark in the world of comics.

As I already wrote, the plots that are signed by Roger McKenzie and this register includes the nn. 158/161 and 163 of the Daredevil, made the first, illustrated by Miller. McKenzie offers us, then, Matt Murdock, always animated by a strong sense of justice, and some narrative elements that will subsequently be imaged by the only Miller. In the n. 158 McKenzie does appear to be an old adversary of the Devil, the Sower of Death, the typical villain of the classic period of the Red Devil, as well as the Ani-Men, in a story with dark tones and creepy.

Starting from the no. 155 conceives of a story-line centered on the machinations of the Bullseye, destined to become in time milleriana one of the enemies most frequently asked of Matt. The episodes are interesting and create the conditions for the dramatic conflict which will involve Matt Murdock, and the psychopath joint crew got together. There is also the Black Widow, the usual ally of the Devil, and the atmosphere of the narrative seem to anticipate the hard-boiled detective fiction that will in a matter of a short time, the comic-book.

The album closes with the no. 163 in which the Devil will have to deal with an uncontrollable Hulk. It is an episode of yearning, full of tension and pathos, which allows Miller to propose to his incredible version of the Goliath Green. The drawings milleriani are sometimes a bit immature but the strength and explosive expressiveness that them adorn are undeniable, and the overall effect is more positive.

The appearance of textual and visual of the stories is, then, high-level and you can't deny. If we, therefore, base on these aspects, I would not hesitate to say that the reissue of the Devil milleriano is to be taken into consideration. But there is a detail that concerns only the current edition and that is the format. If the proposal of the X-Men in version bonellide in and of itself is questionable but tolerable, the situation is different for the masterpiece milleriano.

Reduce the size of the plates does not value at all the drawings of Frank. On the contrary, stifle his genius. A similar work would, therefore, deserved more respect and that is now compromised by an apparatus of the drafting insufficient and the print quality is not outstanding. Therefore, as far as I know, to boycott this initiative is sacrosanct. Come out, therefore, regular.

The stories are valid but the offer leaves something to be desired.

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