Can you guess what the biggest similarity is between Matt Murdock, River Phoenix, Brian Bendis, Paolo Riveraand, Kurt Cobain, Alex Maleez, Mark Waid, Jimmy Hendrix, Javier Rodriguez, The Kesel's, and Marvel Comics? Why yes! That is correct, dear reader! I've followed them all on twitter sometime around May, 2014! Wow! How do you do that? Are you on drugs or something?

To QUOTE Ray Charles: 'What is a soul? It's like electricity. We don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room'.

In this bumper sized 50th Anniversary issue of Daredevil you can expect to see the following three story-lines.

Now the first chapter -- entitled 'The King Is Red' -- relays how a middle-aged Matt Murdock tries to save his hypersensitive son, plus the city of San Francisco, from a sudden out-break of blindness.

The second chapter is a prose piece, and chronicles how Matt's mysterious wife is forced to confront her inner most demons.

Whilst the third and final chapter -- entitled 'The Last Will and Testament of Mike Murdock' -- goes to show how Spiderman's life will always be a lot worse than this wannabe devils.


So what can I say about this great issue of Daredevil other more noteworthy reviewers haven't said before me? I mean, would me praising its amazing artwork add anything new to the table? Or what about if I told you that each of the three story-lines conveyed had a personal yet challenging vibe about them?

No. It would help, would it? But having said that let me just state for the record that I really-really-really loved reading this book. From my point of view I was captivated by the moods and the feelings it presented on the page. Like Matt's parental manner towards' his skittish son for instance. Or how Matt's wife was shrouded in secrecy until you finally reached the second chapter! Plus on top of that, what about the car-sales-man type vibe Mike Murdock had, eh?

No. I can't find anything at fault with this comic book, dear reader. Maybe I would have liked it a bit more if Marvel lowered its price slightly! But then again it did give us more bang for our buck, so... errr? Next!!!!

I've got to compare these amazing adventures to the Ray Charles classic, 'What'd I Say', mainly because they're both longer to digest, dynamic to plough through, and have a strange personal tone to them that's one half sexual and one half bold.

Do you know that strange feeling you can sometimes get after you've watched a magnificent movie? You know. Something like the 'Green Mile' for instance. Where you can't help but stay transfixed to what you've just seen, even though it's now no longer with you.

Well, that was the feeling I got after reading this book. Transfixed. And that's what I'm going to compare it to, as well.

To be completely honest with you, my friends, my favorite story presented in this comic would have to be it's first one.

In my eye's it was one of those tales that ticked so many boxes for me I would've given it an 'A Star Plus' if it was ever going to sit an exam. In essence it was a parable where Matt had to deal with his future whilst dealing with his past. But more than that it also hypothesized what he would do if he had a son, and his son was placed in a perilous situation partly beyond his control.

Of course Matt fought back against his opponent -- who shall remain nameless -- because that is a part of what he is. Yet, because this was a future slanted-story-line, I couldn't really tell if this new Matt was anything like the old Matt. And that is where the main source of my enjoyment lies.

The uncertainty. Nuff said. 

DAREDEVIL #1.50 DAREDEVIL #1.50 Reviewed by David Andrews on April 23, 2014 Rating: 5
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