Daredevil Collection Vol. 21 – Blackheart | Review


Published on Nov 12, 2018


As I wrote in other occasions, Ann Nocenti was the most controversial writer of Daredevil. His revolutionary run of the head, in fact, it shocked the fans, because not only faced socio-political issues with his polemic but added as well the Red Devil in narrative contexts that were unthinkable. If in the beginning, however, he put Matt Murdock in the typical locations as well as urban readers knew, with the noir atmospheres of setting milleriana, after he posted the changes definitely shocking.

In this volume of the series Daredevil Collection, you'll have to read the nn. 261/263 and 265/270 of the series original. In practice, it is episodes, the watershed that marks the line of transition from the usual situations to new ones. The first chapters are the tie-in of Hell, the famous saga mutant in the Marvel focused on the machinations of the demons of limbo. Most of the series of the publishing house were influenced by those events, and presented, therefore, is a New York invaded by demonic beings.

Of course, the Devil is involved, but the Nocenti takes into account also the previous events that pertain to it. Engaged in one of the many battles with his arch-nemesis the Kingpin, Matt Murdock is now destroyed psychologically, because of Typhoid Mary, a killer in the service of Wilson Fisk, who has seduced and then leave it. The author then continues the story, in the background, however, of the Big Apple contaminated by the creatures of the underworld.

Play with Marvel characters like the Human Torch, and describes the last shocking confrontation between daredevil and Typhoid. Inserts, however, the terrifying Mephisto, who from this moment will become an almost constant presence. This leads us to the history of the n. 265, considered to be one of the best ever in the Marvel universe, entitled ‘A Beer with the Devil’. On Christmas night, a Devil, tired and desperate, she goes to a bar frequented by derelicts, order a beer and interacts with a woman who is later discovered to be something else. The dialogues are creepy, and the lyrics have a poetry and an intensity indescribable.

Then, starting from the next n. 266, starts the new course of Daredevil, the most talked about and revolutionary. After a quick confrontation with a Bullet, Devil, devoid of identity and roots, burning all his personal effects and leave Manhattan. You put so to wander to the United States, as a kind of Kerouac disenchanted that they compare with the sides of the most controversial of american society. And’ what happens in no. 268, Matt, come to a village-style Twin Peaks, the guest of a hostel, becomes a witness of a conflict in the family and get to perform acts that are really extreme for a hero devoted to justice.

But it is only the prelude to a story-line that sees involved the demonic Mephisto. A fight with the Blob and Pyro of Freedom Force anticipates the birth of a new, disturbing character: Blackheart, the scary son of Mefisto. By this time, the Nocenti turns Daredevil in a comic book almost Vertigo in the setting, light-years away from the suggestions hard-boiled.

As I have already made clear, the lyrics are great (the story of the Black Heart, especially at the beginning, has a prose reflective and evocative, making one think that some horror novels of Stephen King, you are not exempt from the influences faulkneriani) and the drawings of John Romita Jr. are of unquestionable quality. Thanks to chine elegant of the legendary Al Williamson, John abandons the uncertainties of the past and offers a successful synthesis of classic Marvel style, and graphic solutions to the Miller. Devil, Typhoid Mary, Bullet, Spider-Man that appears in the last episode and the other characters are well-characterized, and it is important to mention, in particular, to the personal interpretation that John is Mefisto, very different from that of the Silver Surfer John Buscema.

In his hands becomes a creature monstrous and disgusting, without a doubt, the most plausible for a demon. Blackheart, on the other hand, looks like a terrifying ink stain of the humanoid form. In short, this volume is a must for both fans of the Devil and those who seek a comic book with the themes adult.

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