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Daredevil #60

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2004
By: Jason Cornwell

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Alex Maleev

Publisher: Marvel Comics

A pretty conventional issue as essentially Brian Michael Bendis offers up an issue where the gathered heroes beat up the villains, and send them crawling back under their rocks. Now there's some enjoyable moments of interaction as Spider-Man's presence put me in the mind of those old Marvel Team-Up arcs where Spider-Man would gain a new guest-star in each issue of the arc so that by the time the final climax arrived, the character was sharing the book with a number of heroes. I also have to say I'm delighted by the idea that Brian Michael Bendis has gotten the opportunity to work with the real Spider-Man, as there's a couple amusing exchanges involving the character, with his final words to the gathered heroes being particularly funny.

There's also the fact that my recent back-issue bin visits are currently geared toward to accumulation of old Power Man and Iron Fist issues (only 31 to go), so I'm delighted by the fact that Brian Michael Bendis looks to have adopted this wayward duo, for use in his series. However, in the end you know there's a bit of a problem when the guest-heroes are of more interest than the main hero, and this issue doesn't exactly do Daredevil any favours by making the final battle against an opponent who clearly stands no chance of making things interesting by actually posing a genuine threat. As much fun as it is to watch Daredevil dismantle an opponent. it doesn't make for the most exciting of reading experiences As for the art, Alex Maleev's style isn't geared toward the delivery of action sequences, but he makes a pretty fair go of it, as there's a lovely visual scene where we see Daredevil's billy-club comes into play in the opening stages of the battle.

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