Archive for the ‘Echo’ Category

Daredevil #55

September 21, 2014

Daredevil 055David Mack
February 2004
*****

Echo hears a parable from Wolverine (or a spirit taking his shape), & so accepts her destiny as an artist and shaman. The mini that Mack has tucked into Daredevil is a marvel of rich wisdom and stark beauty, all the greater for being sandwiched within a classic run of hard-boiled vigilante comics.

last issue: Daredevil #54
next issue: Daredevil #56

also indexed for Feb. ’04
New X-Men #150

Daredevil #54

September 20, 2014

Daredevil 054David Mack
January 2004
*****

Four days into her spirit journey, Echo finally means her spirit guide: Wolverine! They stoke a fire and talk over some deep stuff, but only after a splendid fight scene. You could get lost in the details of Mack’s art—the found-object panel borders, the scrawled “snikt” that Echo doesn’t hear.

last issue: Daredevil #53
next issue: Daredevil #55

also indexed for Jan. ’04
Alias #28
New X-Men #149

Daredevil #53

September 19, 2014

Daredevil 053David Mack
December 2003
*****

Once a compelling new castmember, Echo got left behind by this mag’s amazing twists. So she embarks on a vision quest, in the tradition of her Lakota tribe. #53 gets heavy into deep narrative symbolism on its holy journey into the spirit realm; its only peer on the stands may be A. Moore’s Promethea.

last issue: Daredevil #52
next issue: Daredevil #54

also indexed for Dec. ’03
Alias #27
Avengers/JLA #4 of 4
New X-Men #148

Daredevil #52

September 18, 2014

Daredevil 052David Mack
late November 2003
*****

A reiteration of the heroine’s origin story: adopted by Kingpin (her father’s killer), Maya Lopez developed a preternatural ability to mimic physical actions. Bold of Marvel to cede this top-tier title to such a radical style for a quarter! Mack’s pencil-work & bespoke page designs are truly unique.

last issue: Daredevil #51
next issue: Daredevil #53

also indexed for Nov. ’03
Alias #26
Daredevil #51
JLA/Avengers #3 of 4
New X-Men #146
New X-Men #147

Daredevil #51

September 17, 2014

Daredevil 051David Mack
early November 2003
*****

Mack’s back to provide DD readers with an intermezzo for Bendis’ run. He resumes the course of his deaf American Indian heroine, Echo, as she pieces her life back together. And his art—wow! An internal monologue via multimedia collage, nothing like the superhero tradition yet defiantly comics.

last issue: Daredevil #50
next issue: Daredevil #52

also indexed for Nov. ’03
Alias #26
Daredevil #52
JLA/Avengers #3 of 4
New X-Men #146
New X-Men #147

Daredevil #15

August 18, 2014

Daredevil 015David Mack // David Ross
April 2001
***

The finale of this long-delayed arc wrong-foots the reader by skimming past DD’s skirmish w/ Echo to fill the Kingpin’s backstory out. Pity, since Echo’s the first truly interesting new character this mag has seen in ages. Ross closes for Joe Q, but what’s really missing is the hint of Mack’s style.

last issue: Daredevil #14
next issue: Daredevil #16

also indexed for Apr. ’01
Avengers #39

Daredevil #14

August 17, 2014

Daredevil 014David Mack // Joe Quesada with David Ross
March 2001
****

Thankfully, #13’s problems have retreated. A novelistic timeframe—months presumably—lets Foggy N. dismantle the Kingpin’s empire in montage, tho’ that makes the pacing of the Echo/DD plot wonky. Meanwhile, Quesada, now Marvel EiC, hands a few breakdowns to Ross, while Mack must have a hand too.

last issue: Daredevil #13
next issue: Daredevil #15

also indexed for Mar. ’01
Avengers #38

Daredevil #13

August 16, 2014

Daredevil 013David Mack // Joe Quesada
October 2000
**

Foggy tries to connect a client’s murder to Fisk while his partner seeks the witness, who in turn shoots & “kills” the acquitted Kingpin of Crime. Mack’s delays finally seem to catch up with him, as he squeezes about a year of plot into one issue. The trial scenes are particularly woolly & clichéd.

last issue: Daredevil #12
next issue: Daredevil #14

also indexed for Oct. ’00
Avengers #33
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet #1 of 1
Thunderbolts #43

Daredevil #12

August 15, 2014

Daredevil 012Joe Quesada & Jimmy Palmiotti // Rob Haynes
June 2000
**

JQ & JP put their editor caps on for this better-than-average fill-in for a mag swamped by delays; Haynes offers a simple, light style. Set near the fight-scene of #11, the tale connects a trio of civilian stories though O. Henry-like sentiment, firearms, and a nod to divinely-guided coincidence.

last issue: Daredevil #11
next issue: Daredevil #13

also indexed for Jun. ’00
Avengers #29

Daredevil #11

August 14, 2014

Daredevil 011David Mack // Joe Quesada
May 2000
****

Ironically, the book’s massive delays help the rapid romance btw Matt & new foe Maya Lopez—only two issues ago, he was moping over longtime partner Karen’s death! Psychedelics suggest the blind/deaf couple’s synesthetic experience, art so entrancing it makes plausible the duo’s day-long date.

last issue: Daredevil #10
next issue: Daredevil #12

also indexed for May ’00
Avengers #28

Daredevil #10

August 13, 2014

Daredevil 010David Mack // Joe Quesada
March 2000
*****

Who’s the force behind this phenomenal work, indie artist Mack or Marvel insider Quesada? The lovely design serves to intro a compelling counterpart to Matt M: a Latina/American Indian, deaf, able to mimic actions perfectly, a potential hero whose super-origin is corrupted by K’pin’s intrigues.

last issue: Daredevil #9
next issue: Daredevil #11

also indexed for Mar. ’00
Avengers #26

Daredevil #9

August 12, 2014

Daredevil 009David Mack // Joe Quesada
December 1999
*****

Mack shows how conventional the previous arc was, by delivering beats in montage structure. In turn, the dramatic scenes act as breaks rather than as framework. He pushes Joe Q to new, Eisner-like heights of composition, each page a frame-free splash. Plotwise, Kingpin has a new pawn to ruin DD.

last issue: Daredevil #8
next issue: Daredevil #10

also indexed for Dec. ’99
Avengers #23
Thunderbolts #33