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Daredevil Collection Vol. 18 – Parts of a Hole | Review

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Published on Apr 23, 2018

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The Marvel fan, you know that Daredevil is certainly one of the most mature of the House of Ideas. Beyond the inevitable ups and downs of quality, in fact, the comic-book dedicated to Matt Murdock has been realized by the masters of the comics, that often right with this character have had the opportunity to express worthily their talent. However, it is undeniable that the real leap of quality, the Daredevil he was when in the early eighties, was written and drawn by Frank Miller.

From that moment on, nothing was the same for the Red Devil and the various cartoonists who have dealt with him have almost always kept the tone of the noir and hard-boiled detective fiction introduced by the author of the state of Maryland. You can understand by reading this volume of the Daredevil Collection that includes the nn. 9/11 and 13/15 of the second head of the Devil, exit originally in the context of the publishing division of Marvel Knights created by Joe Quesada.

The latter had shocked readers with the Guardian Angel, saga designed by him on the texts of the director Kevin Smith, and after that story-line continued to illustrate the comic-book. Asked David Mack to take care of the scripts and the choice was not trivial. Mack is indeed one of the authors most unconventional of american comics, acclaimed both for the lyricism of the writing, both for the spectacular illustrations and pictorial. In the case of the saga in question, he painted only the beautiful covers and concentrated on the stories, by putting Matt Murdock in the contexts of the narrative thriller much loved by his admirers.

Mack tells of a fight between daredevil and his arch nemesis the Kingpin. However, it is a conflict mainly psychological. As had already happened in other occasions, Wilson Fisk is the objective to destroy it once and for all the Red Devil, hitting him on an emotional level. For this purpose, is to enter into the life of Matt, the beautiful Maya, a girl that is deaf who immediately fascinates him. There would perhaps be nothing strange, if it were not that Maya is actually the ruthless Echo, killer skills, to say the least lethal, which later will play an important role in the New Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis.

Maya wants to kill Matt because Kingpin has been made to believe that the Red Devil has killed her father. It is from here that the part of David Mack and outlines of a plot that is engaging and dramatic, not skimping twists. The texts and dialogues have a depth and an intensity that is undeniable, and, from this point of view, Mack signing one of his works the most successful. If there is one point to make is in the lack of originality. The author, in fact, does not reproduce situations introduced by Frank Miller and Ann Nocenti. The first had already destroyed emotionally Devil in the sagas of Elektra and Born Again and the second he had done something similar with the ambiguous Typhoyd Mary.

It's as if Mack had felt the need to propose yet another femme fatale manipulated by the Kingpin and willing to seduce and to eliminate the poor Devil. The plot, again, is however excellent and is one of the most beautiful sequences of the long and glorious existence, the editorial of the Red Devil. The artwork is by Joe Quesada, which sees the tables that is enhanced by its style, plastic, dynamic. The pencils are effective thanks to the fine play of light and shadow, perfect for a film noir, and the layout changing can not hit the reader's attention.

Quesada characterized in a valid manner the protagonists: Echo is at the same time, sexy and disturbing; Foggy has the usual looked embarrassed and sympathetic; Kingpin evokes the cruelty and coldness in almost every vignette; and the Devil, both in civilian version and in the costume, exudes an aura of inner torment that is his basic characteristic. The sensitivity of the kinetics of the boards focused on the fighting is also a further point of strength of the episodes. The final n. 15 is, instead, designed by David Ross, penciler good but more conventional Quesada. Overall, the volume is recommended to all the fans of the Devil and those who appreciate stories of superheroes adult and sophisticated.

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