The Comic Book Rack – Daredevil P.O.V.
Lately I’ve been struggling with what to review and what to write about. Then I recently got into a discussion about the changes in comic book characters and it hit me. A Point Of View column about certain heroes and comics in general.
First up: The Man Without Fear – Daredevil.
I’m not going to go over origins of heroes and the like. Let’s go thru recent changes. One of the great things about Daredevil is ever since Frank Miller got a hold of him, there became an unwritten edict that when the current writer would know they were leaving the book, they would leave the character (and new writer) in such a perdicament that it would alter the character and book forever and lead Daredevil into a new arc. Most writers basically just love to torment Matt Murdock. How much can one man take? He’s been outed as a hero, sent to prison, watch the women in his life become victims to his enemies, seen his friends tortured, and bascially been kicked and beaten over and over. Now, Ed Brubaker, upon leaving the book to Andy Diggle has really upped the ante: he had Daredevil abscond with his alter ego almost entirely to embark upon what could be the single greatest change in DD’s life.
Daredevil is now the leader of The Hand.
For former readers of Daredevil, I’ll let that sink in for a moment.
So, is Daredevil truly embarking on the dark side and rapidly becoming a villain? Maybe. Most writers say the greatest villains are those who truly believe they are serving the greater good and never see themselves as villains. They usually see themselves as saviors. Daredevil believes that with him leading The Hand, he can finally turn them to leaving their dark ways and lead them to the light.
But would Marvel take one of their most acclaimed heroes and turn him into a villain? Hell yeah they would. And it would be something to watch. But I don’t believe that’s the agenda here. It will ultimately be another life lesson for Mr. Matt Murdock. Another way to torture him and teach him that sometimes the grander scheme is much more than what one single man can change.
But he’ll still try. And we’ll still read it. And we all will still hope that one man can change the grand scheme for the better.