30 Days of Marvel Day Nine: Your Favourite Classic Character
Daredevil was the first superhero that I got serious about as an adult. I was quickly growing tired of the faux maturity of Top Cow’s line up, becoming enthralled by Vertigo, and curious about what might be out there for conventional superhero far. I dug into the second volume, which starts with Kevin Smith’s (only readable comic) Guardian Devil. From there I tore through what has to be the most consistent and well packaged superhero comic in decades. The tone and editorial direction of the comic from Smith through Mack, Bendis, and Brubacker never wavered. No gimmicks, no detours into company wide crossovers, just month after month of Marvel’s most consistently hard done by hero.
Matt occupies this strange place in my head because I know him pretty well inside out, but I don’t really have a strong desire to either move forwards or backwards with the character. To my rear is Frank Miller, and you know I don’t need any more of that in my life. I’ll always have the unique, magnificent, and deeply troubled Elektra: Assassin to hold tight, and that is really about as close as I want to get to his Daredevil. I know that the foundation of volume two is Born Again, but this 2011 mostly realized Emma couldn’t really handle excavating what would surely be an uncomfortable experience. As much as I love noir and street level superhero storytelling the gender politics of Daredevil have almost uniformly been fucked beyond all repair, and Miller’s legacy is a large part of that. I’d rather cling to those days when I paced back and forth while I waited for the latest Bendis trade in the mail or that amazing day when I’d finally conquered the trades and bought my first single issue. I think I’ve got somewhere around seventy or eighty continuous issues worth of Daredevil, which is more than I have of any other superhero title.
The other reason I probably don’t want or need to keep going with Matt is that while he captured the whole of my angsty Irish-Catholic youth, Ed Brubacker’s Catwoman happened, and Selina is just so much more relevant to me now for so very many reasons.