Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Daredevil, Volume 15: The Devil, Inside and Out, Volume 2 Review (Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark)

With his best friend Foggy Nelson dead (or is he…?), Matt Murdock breaks out of prison to pursue the killer - a trail that will take Daredevil on a tour of Europe to the puppet master behind it all. 

The second half of Ed Brubaker’s first Daredevil arc, The Devil, Inside and Out, isn’t bad. It’s well-written with Brubaker showing he understands the characters and nails their voices and it’s beautifully illustrated by Michael Lark - it just didn’t do much for me. 

The search for Foggy’s killer didn’t have any tension or suspense to it. The pacing is oddly leisurely and Matt predictably deals easily with every obstacle in his way. And the reveal of who ordered the hit and drew Matt out of his comfort zone was underwhelming. I read this book very passively and didn’t really care much about what was happening. 

It’s still nice to see Daredevil in European surroundings for a change. Lark draws Monaco, Portugal and Paris with enormous skill and Lee Bermejo’s covers are stunning too. 

While not the most electrifying read, the finale to The Devil, Inside and Out is a fairly satisfying end to this decent Daredevil story.

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