View from the Gutters is our weekly book club podcast. Each week we discuss one graphic novel or trade paperback, then nominate and vote on what to read for the next episode so you can read and discuss along with us.
This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is Daredevil, Vol. 1, written by Mark Waid with art by Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin. Daredevil is one of Marvel's classic characters with a long and sorted publication history. This new Daredevil series (which began in 2011 and is still ongoing) focuses on Matt Murdock as he tries to put his life back in order after his secret identity has been revealed to the public at large—an event which continues to have repercussions for him in both identities.
Rivera and Marcos' artwork on this book is fantastic, with a great deal of effort put in the depicting the in many ways unique way in which Daredevil perceives and interacts with the world. Waid is a masterful comics storyteller, and he is firing on all cylinders in this comic. This series is a breath of fresh air for a character that has tended towards repetition in recent decades, and in many ways feels like a trailblazer for the style that Marvel has been pushing in their Marvel NOW relaunch.
In our recommendation section our hosts nominated NYX, Deadpool: The Merc with a Mouth, Sin City, JLA: A League of One, and Gunnerkrigg Court for discussion on the next episode, and our selected title is JLA: A League of One.
We invite you to discuss both this episode and Daredevil itself on our subreddit.
Our hosts for this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, Brant Eddy, the Kirbotron 2000™, and Cade Reynolds.