Marvel Knights (2002) by author John Figueroa and Illustrator Alberto Ponticelli
Marvel Knights (2002) is yet another forgettable entry into the Daredevil canon. Seriously, am I even a Daredevil fan anymore? I have liked maybe 30% of what I’ve read of him at this point. Most of it is unremarkable and some of it is downright offensive. But the stuff that’s good is so freaking good I continue on. I think this is just what it is like to be a comic book fan anymore. And don’t even get me started on the movies and television shows.
I think I’ve enjoyed a larger percentage of Punisher comics than Daredevil at this point. At least they are sometimes a little different. I’d love to be a punisher fan but some Blue Lives Matter losers co-opted his symbol and I don’t want anyone to be confused on my stance on cops. Remember kids, cops aren’t there to help you, they’re there to punish others. That’s why they like the punisher.
So Marvel Knights has Daredevil, Punisher, Black Widow, and some total rando fighting against some nobodies who call themselves the Brothers Grace. The bad guys are unknowns, one of the good guys is an unknown, and nothing of importance occurs. Who are these Brothers Grace? We get no back story and no reason why we should even be rooting against them.
Daredevil and Punisher take the time to do their usual back and forth of which way is the best way to take down the criminals of Hell’s Kitchen. Daredevil says don’t kill anyone, Punisher says shove it choir boy.
And Black Widow hangs around to look sexy and roll her eyes at them. Her role is pretty limited here.
Marvel Knights (2002) blends in to the rest of the early aughts without leaving any trace of individuality. It could be removed from Marvel history and nobody would notice. Once again, there are no consequences to the larger Marvel canon and no growth for any of the characters. What are we even doing here?
I keep reading these books because I think I love Daredevil. I always call myself a big DD fan at least. But these books are making it harder and harder to care. I think at this point it’s better to be a casual fan of comics. These deep dives do far more harm than good.
2/5 knights 🤺🤺
For one of the better Daredevil runs that actually keep me a fan check out Daredevil: End of Days
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