Friday, 7 April 2017

Daredevil, Volume 7: Hardcore Review (Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev)

Kingpin’s back to reclaim his empire and dish out furious vengeance on those who betrayed him. Only one person stands in his way: Daredevil!

As much as I want Brian Bendis/Alex Maleev’s Daredevil series to be as awesome as it was a couple books ago, Volume 7: Hardcore proves to be a fairly middling effort, like most of the other volumes. 

Matt individually fights Typhoid Mary, Bullseye and Kingpin like he’s done numerous times before. Each fight becomes increasingly intense but it still feels like Matt going through the motions – he’s fought these characters too many times at this point for it to not seem rote. 

His romance with Milla remains uninteresting and the Feds/Mutant Growth Hormone subplots are blah at best. I did like the unexpected plot twist at the end showing how Matt’s getting crazier: first playing the dangerous game of publicly denying he’s Daredevil, and now this? Maybe this will give the series the shot in the arm it needs? 

Alex Maleev’s art is dependable as ever and I liked how he referenced the many fights between Daredevil and Kingpin by switching up his art style in each panel in homage to the different artists who’ve drawn this encounter before. 

Hardcore’s not a bad comic – it’s readable and mildly entertaining - but it’s not very impressive either. I’ve got a creeping suspicion that this run’s best part is behind it and it’s headed into more mediocre territory for the remainder.

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