Daredevil: Yellow Premiere HC Hardcover – Dec 17 2008
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The story is gripping and the art is always a treat. Recommended for anyone.
Daredevil Yellow is a dramatic revisit/retelling of the characters past and events that molded him into the super hero he is now, without tampering with how he got his powers or characters. In actuality it serves to strengthen character relationships that influenced his career and choice of costume. Along with some surprising guest stars this book is an homage to the classics.
Collecting Daredevil Yellow #1-6. By Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale an Eisner award-winning team.
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Like Spider-Man: Blue, DD: Yellow is a narrative of the character's early beginnings as a hero, and his reflection on his first love. For Peter Parker in Blue, it was Gwen Stacey, and for Matt Murdock in Yellow, its Karen Page. In Blue, however, Loeb was able to emotionally grab me as a reader, and I cared about Gwen's character, and I was really drawn into the melancholy and guilt that Peter went through over her death. For some reason, DD: Yellow just didn't capture that for me. I never really felt a connection to Karen Page's character- which was almost childish, and so, their love seemed a bit superficial.
Furthermore, in Blue, we actually see how Gwen dies in the arms of Peter. In Yellow, we are simply told at the very end, through Matt's narrative, that Karen died. Perhaps that had something to do with the emotional disconnect I had for her character, but it also seemed like a cheap, fast, and frankly, lazy way out.
Story-wise, I would give this book 3 stars, but its impossible to judge a graphic novel, without regards to the art. Where the writing lacked, the amazing art work is consistent with Spider-Man Blue. The classic look of characters really brings that old-school feeling and you can't help but look at the art and feel as though you are kid again.
Of course there's a reason as to why the book is called Yellow, but I won't spoil that for you.
Daredevil: Yellow isn't exactly in continuity, because it contradicts events that happened in the first DD issues. The same can be said about the other DD origin book, Daredevil: The Man Without Fear (by Frank Miller/ John Romita Jr). If you've already read that one, DD: Yellow is like its sunshine-happy alternate opposite counterpart. If that sounds appealing, then buy this. If that sounds appalling, then you already know what this book's about.
This is to Brian Michael Bendis' Daredevil as Loeb & Sale's The Long Halloween is to Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. (Complicated analogy, huh?). All these titles bring out the emotional, human, side of the hero's story. Bendis and Miller do so in a patently dark fashion; Loeb & Sale bring a sweetly nostalgic tone to the mix. Daredevil: Yellow is more about Murdock's PG-rated-love-life than his battles with his inner demons - and despite paying lip service to the grimmer side of things, this is a very Disney approach to the superhero genre.
Sale's art, it is worth mentioning, is perfect for this. Like with his excursions into Gotham, Sale's bright colors and bold lines make for a stylish and stylized New York.
Although certainly nowhere as good as as Brian Michael Bendis' run, Yellow was still a nice surprise. This is a bittersweet, four-color collection that isn't half as thought-provoking as it wants to be, but is a pleasant read nonetheless.
It's pretty basic and shows how Daredevil's outfit was first yellow and then for a fairly good reason changed to red.
I would recommend this one to Daredevil fans like myself but if you're going to check him out for the first time there are better presentations, like the Brubaker tales. Start with "Daredevil".
Tale by Joseph Loeb and artwork by Michael Lark and David Aja.
ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: C plus to B minus; STORY/PLOTTING: B minus; ACTION SCENES: B minus to B; OVERALL GRADE: B minus; WHEN READ: end of October 2012.
SPOILER I would have liked to have seen how Karen Page died, since the tale had a letter in the background our main character was writing to her.