Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Waiting for Wednesday, Volume 4, Issue 24

Okay, here's the deal. I've started writing this week's Waiting for on Tuesday evening, so as not to break our 1:00 posting rule. I actually managed to not break the rule with my post about coffee yesterday, so if this puppy sees the light of the Internet by 1:00 today, that's two in a row.

As they say in baseball, if we manage to do that tomorrow, too, that's called a winning streak.

And, despite my recent ... shirking ... of the actual purpose of Waiting for Wednesday of late, today I plan to actually write about a book that comes out this week. Even more shocking, it's published by Marvel, a company that I have been pretty tough on this year--frankly, with good reason, I think.

Once again, The House of Ideas is in the midst of a sprawling cross-over event as the summer months draw near, and while I might not be too into that story, lots of other people are, as Marvel is back on top of the sales charts.

While I've not been a fan of Avengers vs. X-Men, and that pretty much limits my Marvel-reading choices to a handful of non-crossing over titles, there is one Marvel book that is must-read fare.

And it's Daredevil, by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera.

It’s a book I’ve talked about before, and it’s one I continually return to. Waid and Rivera manage to make these new stories feel classic but modern at the same time. You really don’t need any prior knowledge of the character to get what’s going on, but some familiarity with DD can only help to further your enjoyment of the book.

Volume two ships today, so I would suggest grabbing volume one first—though, again, these stories can stand on their own.

Since Frank Miller took the character and ran with him, Daredevil has been a dark, brooding, down on his luck hero. But Waid and Rivera bring him fully into the light—and old Matt Murdock doesn’t seem to mind the change of scenery. 

Do yourself a favor--grab this book if you get the chance. It'll remind you why you love superheroes.

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