Monday, January 30, 2012

Daredevil Noir

One night, Daredevil infiltrates a building where the Kingpin is expecting him. The two confront each other and discuss what has happened in the past week involving Orville Halloran. In his childhood, Matt Murdock was blinded by his father's assassin who brutally slammed his head into a brick wall, leaving him sightless. Though he did wish to become a lawyer, his impoverished lifestyle denied it, leaving him to be a performer instead, under the name Daredevil. 

Later he took to the streets as a vigilante, killing criminals to avenge those they killed. Matt now works with Foggy Nelson and was in his office until one afternoon a woman named Eliza entered the room and offered a way to bring down Halloran. When she left the office, Foggy has doubts and turns to Matt, but Matt convinced him that she's telling the truth and left the office to investigate. 

Meanwhile Fisk is with Halloran in a restaurant discussing about the identity of Daredevil being Jack Murdock's son.

Daredevil Noir was the first in a series of Marvil books that took current characters and retold their tales as if they were in pulp comics from the 1930's crime era. 

Matt Murdoch is on the iconic heroes of the Marvel lexicon, so when his back story was being drastically altered, I was a bit worried, but it was altered in such a way to make it much more believable to the audience, and I could only stop to wonder why he hasn't been busted down to a P.I.'s assistant or some other lesser job than lawyer for the very reasons he was in this book.

Basically his backstory is the same, except that he's not a lawyer, instead he's a lowly assistant with similar gifts to what we have come to expect from him.

The story in this book is one of love, of lust and learning to trust again after suffering a heartbreak. Who hasn't had to deal with all of those things at one point or another?

Matt Murdoch has to learn all of those things, while dealing with having never even known that he cold be lied to before. He has to learn to trust his own instincts, not another person, but either way he does have to learn to trust again.

His secret identity is not so secret in this world either, though the secret identity of his greatest adversary is a secret though, one that even Matt Murdoch struggles to figure out until near the end of the book.

In the end, it's an excellent story, set in an even more excellent alternate universe. Marvel needs to do a second run of these noir books. In the meantime though I'll just have to read the 10 other books in the series based on other Marvel heroes. Check back for reviews of those as I manage to source them.

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