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Each day in November, I will read and review/discuss/whatever one comic taken from a box of some of my childhood comics. Today, it’s Daredevil #362.
The Nostalgia November archive can be found here.
Daredevil #362 by Karl Kesel and Cary Nord barely makes the cut into ‘childhood’ since it was released before I began high school (my arbitrary cut-off date, which is how that Shadow of the Bat issue qualified as well, by the way). It’s also an issue of Daredevil that’s kind of bright and happy. Sure, there are problems, but none that cause you to wonder how Matt Murdock doesn’t stick a gun in his mouth and end the suffering… seriously, how does he not do that? (I’ve long wondered why there aren’t more superhero suicides based on the amount of crap they deal with. Ultimate Peter Parker is a prime candidate for it, I’d argue. Matt Murdock is another. I’m not saying they should, I’m just wondering how they manage to keep going when things keep finding new ways to get worse… yes, yes, yes, I know, they’re heroes and they persevere and all of that, but… come on… at what point do they admit their lives are shit and only look like they’ll keep getting worse? Because they always do get worse… um… not too much of a tangent at all…)
In this issue, Matt Murdock doesn’t really go to work much apparently; Foggy’s mom is a bitch; Foggy is possibly involved with Liz Osborn and his mom thinks he can do better; Foggy’s mom may have killed a man decades ago; Foggy’s mom hints that Karen Page can do better than Matt Murdock (because former junkies who did porn to feed their habit can often do better than high-priced, respected lawyers…); and Daredevil figures out if Foggy’s mom killed a dude. Lots of stuff about Foggy’s mom, a character that I’ve never seen referenced outside of this issue. Granted, I don’t have a large Daredevil collection, but still…
This is a light and kind of fluffy comic. Very invested in the then-current status quo while the more lasting elements of the book get pushed aside. It almost feels more like a Spider-Man comic than a Daredevil one at times with the wacky ‘irresponsible man suffers because of his superhero identity’ instead of the usual darker side of that problem that Daredevil encounters. It does occur to me that Daredevil has never struck me as having enough legal stuff. Am I the only one who wants to see a Daredevil comic that uses Bostal Legal as its inspiration? (The girlfriend and I are watching the show on DVD — I’m rewatching, she’s watching for the first time… Denny Crane…)
Cary Nord on art is probably the best thing about this issue. I used to love his work — I still do, but it was better then. His use of shadow is great and has a soft touch… a unique style that instantly stands out as being his. I’m always surprised he didn’t become bigger.
Well, that’s today’s book. Only six more left after this… and I know what each of them will be. Tomorrow: E-Man #7.
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