Posts Tagged ‘David Mack’

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 #50

September 16, 2014

Daredevil 050Brian Michael Bendis // Alex Maleev
with Gene Colan, Klaus Janson, David Mack, Michael Avon Oeming, Joe Quesada, John Romita, & Lee Weeks
October 2003
*****

Bendis’ first-act climax sees a rollcall of DD artists contribute a page. Matt M savages Fisk and, mask off, declares himself the new Kingpin of Hell’s Kitchen! But are overwhelming force & violence the tools of a hero? BMB mirrors, among other things, the rhetoric & action of the Bush Presidency.

last issue: Daredevil #49
next issue: Daredevil #51

also indexed for Oct. ’03
Alias #25
Avengers/JLA #2 of 4
New X-Men #145

Daredevil #19

August 22, 2014

Daredevil 019Brian Michael Bendis // David Mack
August 2001
*****

This era saw some relatively radical comics from Marvel, & this arc is one of the most notable. Bendis intros his slant on violent crime–here, a kid traumatized by rescuing DD from his own supervillain father. But it’s Mack’s art, its complexity & expressionism, that finally makes the work great.

last issue: Daredevil #18
next issue: Daredevil #20

also indexed for Aug. ’01
Avengers #43
New X-Men #115

Daredevil #18

August 21, 2014

Daredevil 018Brian Michael Bendis // David Mack
July 2001
*****

This arc reads like a fill-in, partly because its action is concurrent w/ the Mack-written issues of ’99-’00. But also, the hero’s off-page and the fight’s over! Reporter Urich wants to know why the witness, a kid, has gone catatonic. His own Daredevil-related PTSD & history of trauma feels earned.

last issue: Daredevil #17
next issue: Daredevil #19

also indexed for Jul. ’01
Avengers #42
New X-Men #114

Daredevil #17

August 20, 2014

Daredevil 017Brian Michael Bendis // David Mack
June 2001
*****

Art this radical is nearly unknown in super-comics—maybe Sienkowicz or Dave McKeon. The writing’s not nearly as far out, tho’ it goes further than most masked-avenger stuff, echoing Miller’s grittiest issues. Its theme’s the fallout of costumed fights in the form of a supercriminal’s abused son.

last issue: Daredevil #16
next issue: Daredevil #18

also indexed for Jun. ’01
Avengers #41

Daredevil #16

August 19, 2014

Daredevil 016Brian Michael Bendis // David Mack
May 2001
*****

DD‘s newshound interviews a boy in a fugue of superhero fantasy. Bendis’ run, a high-water mark in the decade’s supercomics, begins auspiciously by retaining Mack to execute dizzying expressionistic art. He designs each page—each panel—as a unique unit & not as an invisible delivery for plot.

last issue: Daredevil #15
next issue: Daredevil #17

also indexed for May ’01
Avengers #40

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 #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

Alias #12

July 18, 2010

Brian Michael Bendis // Michael Gaydos, David Mack & Mark Bagley
September 2002
*****

A wealth of diverse art adds depth, as Bagley pencils a flashback to Jess Jones’ uncynical youth & Mack uses cut-up montage to bring the missing teen to life. Contrast Bendis’ take on Claremont’s mutant racism w/ contempo Morrison: soft bigotry & casual ignorance v. urban/glam progressivism.

last issue: Alias #11
next issue: Alias #13

also indexed for Sept. ’02
Alias #11
Avengers #56
New X-Men #129