Posts Tagged ‘Klaus Janson’

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

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Avengers: The Ultron Imperative

September 22, 2013

Avengers - The Ultron ImperativeKurt Busiek, Steve Englehart, Roger Stern, & Roy Thomas // Tom Grummett, Klaus Janson, John Paul Leon, John McCrea, Pat Olliffe, Jorge Lucas, Paul Smith, & Jim Starlin
November 2001
***

Picking up on Avengers #19-22, Ultron’s “daughter” invents androids based on the Avengers’ brainwaves, but also fulfills a secret program to rebuild her robot father. A graphic novella conceived by Busiek & scripted by the all-time top Avengers scribes. The artists are a more eclectic collection, w/ vast shifts in style from chapter to chapter. JP Leon does a grim street look; Smith has an angular clarity; the rest are okay. But the lack of cohesion—both in dialogue & art—works against the book.

continued from Avengers #45
continued in Avengers #46

also indexed for Nov. ’01
Alias #1
Avengers #46
New X-Men #118

Daredevil #189

July 3, 2010

Frank Miller
*****
December 1982

Stupendous, albeit rushed art. The front half is FM’s best brawl yet, a silent duel btw. the evil ninjas & DD’s new allies. Plus, Eastern ideas (moving chi & such) adds a mystical cast to all the sacrifice & resurrection. Then, in a dramatic turn, Foggy & the Widow conspire to end Matt’s engagement!

last issue: Daredevil #188]
[next issue: Daredevil #190]

also indexed for Dec. ’82
The Fantastic Four #249

Daredevil #188

July 2, 2010

Frank Miller
November 1982
****

A pedestrian ish (for Miller & co., at least): regular panels, not much plot movement. The Black Widow is disintegrating like an evil ninja, so she seeks Matt across his subplots. But he’s in isolation, training his hypersenses w/ his sensei, who leads a team of white ninjas against the red ones.

last issue: Daredevil #187
next issue: Daredevil #189

also indexed for Nov. ’82
The Fantastic Four #248

Daredevil #187

July 1, 2010

Frank Miller // Klaus Janson
October 1982
*****

Ninjas are raising the dead, Black Widow’s on their trail, & DD’s hypersenses are haywire! Matt’s drafted by his blind mentor (from #1767) to join his cabal of adepts. Miller resumes his strong epic, packing in A-1 fight choreography & mystic setpieces like the bruiser ninja’s resurrection.

last issue: Daredevil #186
next issue: Daredevil #188

also indexed for Oct. ’82
The Fantastic Four #247

Daredevil #186

June 30, 2010

Frank Miller // Klaus Janson
September 1982
*****

Check out FM & KJ’s use of words as art elements! A fun A-plot has Turk (a regular goon) swipe Stilt Man’s armor. The longer arc has more substance, incl. an A+ bit of subtext: Matt’s built a case against a firm run by his innocent CEO g’friend—but is he wrecking her life just so she’ll marry him?

last issue: Daredevil #185
next issue: Daredevil #187

also indexed for Sept. ’82
The Fantastic Four #246

Daredevil #185

June 29, 2010

Frank Miller // Klaus Janson
August 1982
*****

#185 finds the mag back in Eisner territory—check the intro, where Matt M. could be the Spirit’s blind brother! Miller gives Foggy the spotlight, w/ a tongue-in-cheek tone that sends up his usual noirish style. While “Guts” Nelson goes toe-to-toe w/ the Kingpin, DD foils a nuclear heist on the docks.

last issue: Daredevil #184
next issue: Daredevil #186

also indexed for Aug. ’82
The Fantastic Four #245

Daredevil #184

June 28, 2010

Frank Miller with Klaus Janson
July 1982
****

The Punisher fades somewhat in issue #2 of this PCP plot. But Miller gracefully salvages the arc by adding tension, twists, & his (by-now expected) superb panel work & grungy NYC atmo. There’s a new plot simmering w/ Matt’s longtime squeeze, but admit it: the book’s lacked zip since Elektra died.

last issue: Daredevil #183
next issue: Daredevil #185

also indexed for Jul. ’82
The Fantastic Four #244

Daredevil #183

June 27, 2010

Frank Miller with Roger McKenzie & Klaus Janson
June 1982
***

Miller needs a break? I figure that’s why, after three A+ years on the title, he reteams w/ McKenzie to offer a wordy, conventional ish. The plot’s strictly afterschool special (a kid high on PCP falls out a window). DD races the Punisher to find the dealers—and the art’s an old-fashioned 3×3 grid!

last issue: Daredevil #182
next issue: Daredevil #184

also indexed for Jun. ’82
The Fantastic Four #243

Daredevil #182

June 26, 2010

Frank Miller with Klaus Janson
May 1982
****

When hard-boiled writers like Miller explore feelings, they get emo, lurid & a little embarrassing. In a coda to the Elektra Saga, Matt refuses to accept the ninja’s death, in denial (blind?) till he exhumes the corpse! A left-field subplot focuses on the rarely-espied Punisher & an LI drug deal.

last issue: Daredevil #181
next issue: Daredevil #183

also indexed for May ’82
The Fantastic Four #242

Daredevil #181

June 25, 2010

Frank Miller with Klaus Janson
April 1982
*****

A double-sized issue allows Miller the space to deliver a milestone climax. It’s rich, pulpy comic-book tragedy, peppered w/ thrilling sequences, starting w/ Bullseye’s prison breakout. He’s the ish’s POV, opening a dramatic irony: we know more than he does about DD/Murdock & Elektra—tho’ he almost cracks their secrets. And astonishingly, brutally, Bulls murders Elek, then loses to DD.

last issue: Daredevil #180
next issue: Daredevil #182

also indexed for Apr. ’82
The Fantastic Four #241

Daredevil #180

June 24, 2010

Frank Miller with Klaus Janson
March 1982
*****

To spoil the election of a corrupt mayor, DD unearths Kingpin’s amnesiac wife from NYC’s bowels. Miller’s drawing heavily on Jos Campbell: his hero challenges the underworld’s king, despite his broken leg (= castration, an effect of #179‘s showdown w/ Elektra). Oh & he wrestles a gator!

last issue: Daredevil #179
last issue: Daredevil #181

also indexed for Mar. ’82
The Fantastic Four #240

Daredevil #179

June 23, 2010

Frank Miller with Klaus Janson
February 1982
*****

Re-enter sad-sack reporter Ben Urich, with his ordinary-Joe POV.  He phones his pal DD after his snooping into Kingpin’s mayoral candidate brings a death threat from Elektra. And he not only snaps a pic of the long-awaited DD/Elektra match (victor: Elektra), he also glimpses Kingpin’s missing wife!

last issue: Daredevil #178
next issue: Daredevil #180

also indexed for Feb. ’82
The Fantastic Four #239

Daredevil #178

June 22, 2010

Frank Miller with Klaus Janson
January 1982
*****

This breezy ish guests Power Man & Iron Fist, whose low-rent heroics make DD into a perfect chop-socky noir (PS: the match btw. IF & DD is superb). It’s also a throwback to the Colan era of Matt Murdock, swashbuckling lawyer. He’s after blackmail evidence that connects a corrupt pol to Kingpin.

last issue: Daredevil #177
next issue: Daredevil #179

also indexed for Jan. ’82
The Fantastic Four #238

Daredevil #177

June 21, 2010

Frank Miller with Klaus Janson
December 1981
*****

Like a chessmaster, Miller moves every plot forward in this pleasurable ish, from Foggy reviving the firm to Kingpin buying a councilman. But at heart it’s a spiritual journey that doubles as an origin recap: a Zen hallucination that sees Murdock face his past & literally fight his demons.

last issue: Daredevil #176
next issue: Daredevil #178

also indexed for Dec. ’81
The Fantastic Four #237