Filling the gap between “Daredevil” #36 and the All-New Marvel NOW! “Daredevil” #1, writer Mark Waid and artist Peter Krause bring Matt Murdock’s adventures to Infinite Comics in “Daredevil: Road Warrior” #1.
While I expected the first image to be of Daredevil or Matt Murdock, Waid effortlessly introduces readers to Daredevil’s world through Daredevil’s “eyes”: establishing Daredevil’s origin and explaining the radar sense in a brilliantly concise and specific fashion. The first character we meet is Man-Bull, which immediately immerses the reader and Daredevil in action, adventure and Infinite Comics storytelling at its very best, bringing the reader from the radar-generated “view” of Man-Bull to a fully detailed villain charging at the reader. From the start, expectations are discarded and Waid makes the plot much more engaging by doing so.
The establishing shot of Daredevil is everything it needs to be and then some, as Krause uses lighting and shadow to construct a visual metaphor, placing Daredevil at the center of an eye. The eye is composed of a round sewer grate and curved tunnel with angled moonlight. Daredevil’s pose is heroic and iconic: heavily shadowed, but the red eyes, horns, double-d and billy club are all distinguishable. Color artist John Kalisz is indispensable in this effort, rounding all of Krause’s work into form. Rounding is exactly what the Infinite Comics platform enables as well, giving readers their first true immersion into the radar sense by presenting a three-hundred-sixty-degree view from Matt’s seat on the plane. As Waid has done all along, he enables his artists to explore the possibilities of Infinite Comics and the results are revolutionary. Krause is every bit as well-matched for a Daredevil story as all of Waid’s collaborators have been. His art is more ruggedly detailed than Chris Samnee, Paolo Rivera or Marcos Martin’s, but it certainly fits the adventure at hand.
Waid has truly made his place with Daredevil and his stories continue to be some of the very best Marvel has to offer issue after issue. He mixes action and adventure evenly with character definition and plot advancement all the while reminding readers that this is cemented in the Marvel Universe. For example, while fighting Man-Bull, Daredevil doesn’t hesitate to refer to his opponent by first name, the banter Murdock shares with his traveling companion, Kirsten McDuffie is charming, cute and real and the explanation of getting the billy club through airport security reminds us all that Daredevil doesn’t exist in a vacuum. “Daredevil: Road Warrior” #1 continues to supply evidence that Waid and Daredevil together are one of the true joys of comic books today.