Book Review – Daredevil Yellow by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale

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Matt Murdock is still coming to terms with the death of Karen Page. In this book, he writes a letter to her, reminiscing about the time when the first met, which also coincided with the time when he first put on the costume and became Daredevil.

I usually like Loeb & Sale’s work, and in this same series I absolutely loved Spider-Man Blue. This one, however, well, Daredevil Yellow is good and not so good. I liked the colour scheme. The artwork is fantastic as always and I like how it plays into his original costume. The initial run of stories are quite different from what came before. Daredevil was basically a Spider-Man-Lite, very upbeat and acrobatic His rogue’s gallery weren’t anything special but they’re paid tribute to here. We also get given a rundown of the death of Matt’s father. As Matt becomes Daredevil he also falls in love with Karen Page. There are some nice moments here, but it lacks the same gravitas as some other relationships.

Maybe it’s just because I’m not as up on my Daredevil lore as I am with other characters, so this relationship doesn’t have as much meaning for me, but to me Daredevil’s main love interest has been Elektra. The other problem with Daredevil Yellow is that we don’t know how Karen died. This surprised me because usually comics recap, recap, recap and yet here, when it’s a big event that propels the entire storyline, we don’t actually see how or why she’s killed. It made me feel like there was a big piece of the story I was missing.

Furthermore, with Spider-Man Blue I felt like it gave a new angle on the relationship between Peter and Gwen, or at least it made it the focus. Whereas with this one I didn’t really get anything out of it other than what I already knew from reading the early issues of Daredevil. So while it’s a fun read I don’t think it’s a must-read, and I’m still searching for that Daredevil comic that will make me go, ‘wow’.

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