Sunday, 2 April 2017

Daredevil, Volume 6: Lowlife Review (Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev)

Mutant Growth Hormone is hitting the streets courtesy of The Owl who’s moving in to fill the void left by the Kingpin. Elsewhere, the owner of the Daily Globe, who’s being sued by Matt Murdock for accusing him of being Daredevil, gets his head ripped off by an unknown assailant. Time for Daredevil to punch The Owl and scratch his chin! 

Daredevil, Volume 6: Lowlife isn’t bad but it feels like table-setting. The Owl/MGH storyline is weak and unmemorable while the story of Matt’s new love interest, Milla, wasn’t that interesting either. She’s blind like Matt! Eh… And you know how it’s gonna end given the poor guy’s history. Matt and women – that always goes well! 

The dude going around decapitating certain folk was the plotline that grabbed me the most but there’s precious little of it here. I’m also still enjoying Matt suing the Daily Globe for accurately reporting on his secret identity. Luke Cage points out the moral problem with that stance in one of the few extremely wordy scenes that actually felt worth the blather – seriously, Brian Bendis’ word diarrhea is at its worst in this one! 

It may be overwritten but it’s also not badly written and while I wasn’t as engaged with some of the story, I still dug other parts of it. And Alex Maleev’s photo-realistic art style remains impressive. It’s not as good as the previous book but Lowlife is still a decent Daredevil outing. Here’s hoping all the setup pays off in later books!

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