With Daredevil: Dark Nights #5 coming out this week, it’s about time I get to my (very quick) reviews of Daredevil: Dark Nights #3 and #4. You might wonder why I’ve decided to review the two together, and it does seem like an odd choice. Daredevil: Dark Nights #3 marks the end of one story arc, and #4 marks the beginning of another. They are by two different writer-artists, Lee Weeks and David Lapham, with two completely different styles. To be honest though, the ways these issues are different is kind of what makes them interesting.
As you may recall from my previous reviews of Dark Nights #1 and #2, I haven’t been completely sold on Lee Week’s story. It has been absolutely pitch perfect when it comes to the art, and has featured a strong supportive cast, even while consisting of characters which are almost completely new. However, I’ve felt an unfamiliar distance to the main character. The story has been ripe with first-person narrations, but it is almost as if Week’s take on Matt Murdock has seemed too saint-like.
In many ways, Daredevil’s physical and mental struggles throughout the story have mirrored what was seen in Frank Miller’s legendary Born Again story arc, but without the fall from grace at the onset to fully ground the story. In this final issue, we get a little more up close and personal with the main character, and the arc comes to a satisfying close with Daredevil: Dark Nights #3, but there is a reverent tone that I’m finding isn’t quite my cup of tea. If I were to liken this issue and the two before it to a genre of music, it would be classical music. Very pretty, moderately engaging, but not the kind of thing that makes you want to dance.
Daredevil: Dark Nights #4, by David Lapham gives us something else entirely. The artwork is brighter, with considerably less detail, and the story itself seems less ambitious. However, I don’t mean that in a bad way, quite the contrary. This issue accomplishes its goals admirably and is really a lot of fun. It is also much closer to the tone of the current main title, and uses the same cast of characters, which may be one reason I personally feel more at home in the world presented.
If there is one slight problem I have with this issue, it is that it seems just a tad over-crowded. Buggit is a fascinatingly absurd little guy, and I love the idea of having the Daredevil-sized story happen in parallel with the big monster threat which is simultaneously being handled by the Avengers. But then there’s the Shocker and Buggit’s connection to Matt’s client, and… Actually, never mind. I kind of like the Shocker showing up, because that’s what a really bad day, Daredevil style, would look like. 😉 All in all, I really enjoyed Daredevil: Dark Nights #4, and am really looking forward to reading the second half of the story on Wednesday.
Well, those were just some of my (brief) thoughts. Agree? Disagree? Have your say in the comment section!