As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ll be counting down the days to the Daredevil relaunch with one post per day, focusing on various aspects of what we’ve learned so far from art previews, interviews and much more. Each post will be fairly short, just looking at one little thing at a time that caught at least my attention in a positive way (I’m sure your list would look completely different), and they’re not presented in any particular order. Hopefully we can get a good discussion going!
For this first post, I wanted to give two official thumbs up to a particular panel of Paolo Rivera preview art from Daredevil #1. In it, we see a “Matt’s perspective” view of The Spot, resulting in a very eerie visual.
If you’ve followed my series of posts on the myriad of ways in which Daredevil’s radar sense has been depicted over the last 45+ years, you’ll know that I definitely get a kick out of seeing artists tackle this challenge in new ways. Of course, any two-dimensional color image of the radar sense – whatever one imagines that to be – is solely an interpretation of something that cannot be understood in the ordinary visual sense (though I once saw someone outraged by the fact that the Daredevil movie used shades of blue when it had been firmly established in the comic that Daredevil “sees” in shades of red… ;)). Here, Rivera does a great job of showing the difference between the presence of mass and its absence, from the holes in The Spot’s body to the one he’s pulling himself out of. By shifting between this perspective – also present in another piece of unfinished pencilled preview art from the same issue – and what someone would see with their eyes, the artist highlights what makes Daredevil such a unique character.
The fact that the whole team is taking this side of Daredevil so seriously and putting so much effort into getting into his head is just one of the many reasons I’m looking forward to July 20!