The Daredevil relaunch is part of a Marvel initiative entitled Big Shots. That’s a label that could just as easily be attached to the art we’ll be looking at in this post.
Both artists Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martín have received a lot of praise for the Daredevil artwork we’ve seen so far and I agree that it’s well deserved. It’s also been clear that the Daredevil relaunch is a true collaborative creative effort at an even deeper level than you’d normally expect, with Rivera and Martín obviously being just as ambitious as writer Mark Waid when it comes to getting into Daredevil’s head, in terms of his unique view of the world.
While their art styles are otherwise quite different, the pages I’ve included here have both qualified for inclusion on this list for some of the same reasons. They’re big, wide shots, from an interesting perspective with tons of little details, and they both show characters moving relative to the same background in a way that makes your eyes linger a little longer on the page. They’re not only beautiful to look at, they also make sure that we can cover a lot of story in one scene without sacrificing the space that makes both of these scenes really pop. (Note: As will all images on this site, these will pop to full size when clicked.)
Aside from all the positive traits I’ve already mentioned, Martín’s art (above) also showcases his take on Matt’s senses by highlighting various sources of information and giving a different “color” (so to speak) to each sense modality.* This is very cool, and the specific examples also insert some humor into the scene.
The scene above, by Paolo Rivera, is from Daredevil #2 and existed only as a penciled, unlettered piece of preview art until Ryan Penagos (a.k.a. Agent M) posted this beautiful updated version on his Marvel.com blog yesterday. I’m very happy for that since the script is pretty darn sizzling, but it’s the art that really got my juices flowing. Heck, if this page was a guy, I’d make sweet love to it all night (I’m Swedish, I can say that). On a more serious note though, what’s not to love about it? The almost dizzying perspective is outstanding, and the way Matt just dives off the side of the building is so elegant. Now, don’t ask me how he’s supposed to latch on to anything while holding Cap’s shield, but I’m sure that will sort itself out on the next page. 😉
This is shaping up to be a great-looking book, and with both of these guys delivering such fun and exciting art, I’d bet that the issues coming out will stand up well to being read a second, third and fourth time as well. It’s a good thing Daredevil #1 is now only one short week away!
*) Some of you (or possibly only regular commenter Aaron – hi Aaron!), might wonder why I can be so enthusiastic about the radar sense being depicted as its own sense when I’ve previously made a strong case for why I think it could – and should – work as an advanced form of echolocation rather than the slightly loony “rays shooting through the skull” explanation. Well, here’s my answer for that (and I know that only Aaron might care, but that’s the level of reader satisfaction I’m committed to): It has been shown that distinctly spatial auditory information is not only processed by a different part of the brain than other types of sound – in highly proficient blind echolocators this job even falls to the visual cortex – but that this type of information has a very different feel to it and might not be experienced as sound at all. One might even call it its own sense. Sort of. 😉