Sunday, May 18, 2014



(Marvel, 2014; Hardcover)

Collects Daredevil Nos. 11-21, Avenging Spider-Man No. 6, and Punisher No. 10 (cover dates June, 2012- February, 2013)

Writers: Mark Waid and Greg Rucka (Avenging Spider-Man #6 and Punisher #10)

Artists: Marco Checchetto, Chris Samnee, Khoi Pham (Penciler), Tom Palmer (Inker), and Michael Allred

Colorists: Matt Hollingsworth, Javier Rodriguez, and Laura Allred

The Omega Drive has information on the five largest criminal organizations on the planet on it. It is made from the unstable molecules from an old Fantastic Four costume and Daredevil has possession of it. This has made Daredevil a walking target, but he is not without a backup plan. What that means is that we get another dose of the age-old team-up crossover with Spider-Man and the Punisher. That's okay, those are always fun and they always work.

From there Mark Waid does away with the lighthearted Daredevil that we have been seeing so much of and shows more of the brooding, dark Daredevil which has been typical for the character since the Frank Miller run. Seeing ol' Matt Murdock's life being turned upside down again gets depressing, even when done in a well written, well drawn book like this. Hopefully things get lighter again, because this Silver Age flavored take on the character has been as absolute blast.

This title remains one of the few bright spots in the modern day Marvel Universe, and I am definitely on board for the inevitable third oversized hardcover.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 4.25 out of 5.

The OCD zone- Marvel oversized hardcovers are a rarity these days. Usually things are either Premiere Edition hardcovers or Omnibus hardcovers.

DVD-style Extras included in this book: Avenging Spider-Man #6, Punisher #10, and Daredevil #11 combined variant covers by Adi Granov. (2 pages)
Avenging Spider-Man #6 variant cover by Marco Checchetto (1 page).
Daredevil #11 Avengers Art Appreciation variant cover by Steffi Schuetze (1 page).
Daredevil #14 Amazing Spider-Man In Motion variant cover by Mike Deodato, Jr. and Matt Hollingsworth (1 page).
Daredevil #14 Amazing Spider-Man 50th Anniversary variant cover by Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines, and Javier Rodriguez (1 page).
Daredevil #16 Pages 1-4 art process. (8 pages)
Daredevil #16 Pages 5-20 layouts by Chris Samnee (2 pages).
Daredevil #18 page 2 unused pencils, Coyote character and technology design, and #18 cover sketches by Paolo Rivera )1 page).

Paper rating: 4.5 out of 5. Semi-glossy coated stock. While it is thinner than the paper that Marvel used to use on these oversized hardcovers, it is still a decent weight and retains that sweet smelling toxic Chinese ink.

Binding rating: 5 out of 5. Smyth sewn binding, 7 stitches per signature. The book lays completely flat. 

Hardback cover coating rating: 5 out of 5. This has one of those paperboard/ image printed on the casewrap things going on under the dustjacket. The coating is a dull matte finish and is scuff resistant.

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