Here’s tonight’s recommended light reading. Because ministers sometimes need a break from theology.
Jeph Loeb. Daredevil: Yellow. New York, NY: Marvel Publishing Incorporated, December 17th, 2008. 168 pp.
This is my first time reading about the superhero known as Daredevil and I enjoyed it. What prompted me to read this work is because of the name of the writer and the artist whom I enjoyed seeing their previous works on Batman. I really like the storytelling ability of author Jeph Loeb and also the artistic presentation of Tim Sale whose drawing and colors are believable compared to some comics about superheroes while he also masterfully gives us colors and facial expression of character that is complex and beautifully gives us an overall noir-like vibe.
This graphic novel tells us about the origin of Daredevil, a superhero who is blind but manages to be able to still go about fighting criminals. The story goes back to when Daredevil was a law student by the name of Matthew Murdock whose father was a famous prize fighter by the name of Battlin’ Jack Murdock. Matthew Murdock’s law school roommate and best friend is known as Foggy Nelson and together they would spend decades as law partners. I love the nostalgic feel in the beginning of the story with its sunny colors, the smiles of characters and 1940s-1960s feel. Of course the good old days is shattered after Matthew Murdock’s father was killed and we see some illegal entanglement involving organized crime. This event launches Matthew Murdock’s career as a superhero when he puts on a costume to fight against crime. This story also tells us how Daredevil’s original yellow costume is later switched to yellow. Intertwined into the story of the two lawyers’ growing law firm with clients for various superheroes, and a love interest between Murdock and his secretary Karen Page which involves a competition between Murdock and his friend. The whole story is told with some sadness and is the reflection of an older Daredevil looking back and trying to put the past behind him. Great story and great artistry, I recommend it.