Written By Charles Soule, Illustrations by Ron Garney
This is the spoiler free review for Daredevil: Back in Black, volumes 3 and 4. If you missed the review for volumes 1 and 2 please click here. If you would like to read the spoiler full review and see many more pictures please visit here.
Volume 3: Dark Art contains issues 10-14 and Volume 4: Identity contains issues 15-20.
Volumes 3 and 4 of Soule’s run of Daredevil start to get a little more interesting than the first 2. However, he’s still laying a lot of groundwork for things to come. This run is a slow slow burn.
We do get two very fun bad guys in these runs though, they really are the stars and where we’re going to focus in the spoiler free review because I can talk about them a little without revealing the twists and turns of the plot.
Volume 3 stars a new villain who goes by the name Muse.
Muse is terrifying. He looks terrifying and he certainly acts terrifying. He fancies himself an artist but his chosen mediums throughout volume 3 cause quite a bit of carnage. Both Daredevil and Matt Murdock are on the case in some capacity trying to put a stop to his insane art shows.
This story line is very Dexter. If you are somehow unfamiliar Dexter is a serial killer/forensic blood spatter analyst who somehow gets involved with multiple other serial killers who make very elaborate tableaus with their victims.
Just instead of being an additional serial killer Daredevil is a vigilante. He’s trying to find Muse by night as DD and by day as prosecuting attorney Murdock. Muse’s tableaus are very reminiscent of the show and if you liked Dexter you’re sure to like this arc.
I really like Muse’s character design and would like to see some more of him. He’s really creepy and seems a good villain for street level NY heroes.
Then volume 4 brings us one of my favorite villains of all time. Killgrave. The Purple Man. And.. his Purple Children.
Killgrave has the strongest of all mind control powers. He can make anyone do anything. He’s the worst kind of psychopath because he also has no real ambition. He doesn’t want to conquer the world, it would be too easy. He gets bored.
His main goal is to push boundaries. Problem is he’s already pushed them all so many times. But he’s here to play with Daredevil and his friends and hopefully find some entertainment. His children are here to attempt to get away from him.
Any time Killgrave shows up I get excited. He’s soooo evil. But in such a casual way. He’s like a Bond villain who already conquered Earth and only does his monologue at the end because his own voice is the only one that no longer bores him.
These arcs are definitely an improvement over the first volumes. The end of volume 4 finally gives us a big reveal that we’ve been waiting for. We finally get answer to a question that was set up in issue 1.
The problem is that it took twenty whole issues to get there!
Most readers quit by now. Casual comic book readers or those who don’t feel a compulsion to read every issue of Daredevil stopped when there wasn’t a single payoff in the first two volumes.
It’s a shame because I can say now that it gets even better from here but most people won’t get that far. A weak opening really is hard to bounce back from.
But if you are still with me, please start at the very beginning because all those puzzle pieces really do matter 20, 30, 40 issues in! Surprisingly, because I really did not have faith, this author really had a plan and it does all come together.
Have more faith in me than I had in Soule, keep reading this one. It keeps getting better.
4/5 devils 😈😈😈😈
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