Saturday, 4 March 2017

Daredevil, Volume 12: Decalogue Review (Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev)

Some Hell’s Kitchen residents form a support group in a church basement to talk about Daredevil, the new Kingpin, and how he’s affected their lives. But one of them has a terrible secret…

Daredevil, Volume 12: Decalogue is more of a short story collection than a single narrative and, like most short story collections, some stories are good, some are bad. 

Daredevil saving the junkie girl from her crappy life and the dude whose dad was in prison because of Daredevil were pretty forgettable stories. His marriage to Milla Donovan was also meh - and you know it’d never last, poor Matt is doomed when it comes to the ladies! They’re not badly written, they’re just not very special. 

The whole “Decalogue” thing (The Ten Commandments) didn’t really work either. For one thing this is five issues and the Commandments that were brought up weren’t memorably highlighted - I don’t know why Brian Bendis went the Decalogue route. 

The weird little demon storyline though was interesting. It’s creepy and strange and a little disturbing too - Daredevil and horror aren’t a bad fit. The framing of the book had this Agatha Christie vibe to it that I liked and Alex Maleev’s art is good as usual too, particularly with the body horror stuff. 

Decalogue’s not a bad Daredevil book - it’s readable and entertaining enough - but it’s definitely not as good as previous volumes in Bendis/Maleev’s run. A mediocre entry.

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