Bendis et Maleev continuent de tracer la destinée de Matt Murdock avec le génie qu'on leur connait ! On découvre au fil des pages ce qui arrive au nouveau "Caïd" de Hell's Kitchen, sans jamais pouvour anticiper les évènements qui se trament. Maintenant que DareDevil à fait déguerpir tous les gangs de sa "cuisine de l'enfer", c'est à Murdock d'en récolter les frais, autant de la part de ses amis que d'un nouveau gang décidé à s'approprier le territoire en affrontant le célèbre cornu....
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The price of victory.3 mai 2015
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Daredevil beat Bullseye & Kingpin to within an inch of their lives. He then hauled the Kingpin's broken body to a bar in Hell's Kitchen making the beating known to the public and he then unmasks himself. Daredevil claims himself as the new Kingpin, and his first order to all of the low lives is simple: Straighten up or get out of town. One year passes and things have become quite different. -summary
Written by Brian Michael Bendis and continuing his magnificent run on Daredevil. Daredevil Vol 9: King of Hell's Kitchen is the direct follow up to Volume 7 Hardcore (Volume 8: Vision Quest follows the character of Echo straying from the running storyline). In Hardcore, DD finally had enough of his two main nemesis, and he fought them like never before with intentions on putting an end to the feuds. Bendis pens another excellent tale through an introspective narrative that explores what really set Daredevil off in the first place. The end results were not quite what I expected; long time fans will get to see a more human, down to Earth side of Daredevil. This TPB collects issues 56 - 60.
The plot takes place one year after Kingpin's defeat, and some of the event's are told by Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich, whom already knew for years Matt Murdock was Daredevil. He explains that big cities actually benefit from an underground crime syndicate, and to a certain degree removing the Kingpin whom controlled this was a bad thing. Daredevil already experienced an example of this through his recent battle with the Owl, whom began a completely unorganized crime wave that led to a weird drug hitting the streets, a drug the Kingpin was going to permanently remove by killing anyone associated with it. The social commentary grabbed my interest quite a bit, especially the part explaining that the city needs organized crime since the economy benefits from it plus there are various examples provided. The argument is rather strong and it seems to be just an ugly part of the truth people choose to ignore.
Daredevil is also approached by several superheroes explaining that by him claiming to be the Kingpin of Hell's Kitchen, and ruling through extreme violence which is just short of the Punisher by the way, the local criminals are only going to move somewhere else, while more dangerous ones are going to appear attempting to remove him only to make a name. Spider-Man gives an example by crime getting worse in Queens where he resides. Plus this puts the superhero community in a bad light. Take note, this situation is pre-Civil War.
Bendis is very talky here, probably more than usual I will gamble, but I enjoy this type of storytelling as long as it's done in an entertaining way and it leads somewhere. This is where the characters take over and Bendis manages to make everyone feel at least somewhat important. Things really begin to pick up though, when a Yakuza set from the West Coast appear to take Hell's Kitchen from Daredevil and a brutal battle begins.
Bendis handles Daredevil so well and I dare say he outshines Frank Miller in certain ways. The superhero community respects him a great deal, and Bendis works his themes of friendship and camaraderie with care; but it's Daredevil that's the show stealer, along with becoming the Kingpin he also made other changes to his life, and these things become suspect to people whom really know him. It creates a nice drama to go with the action, and there is quite a bit of action too with a very cool climax proving that these heroes do need each other.
Alex Maleev's very gritty and dark artwork is something that's just a matter of taste. I've mentioned before that this artwork can benefit only a small amount of street level heroes, and can easily fail in the world of another; Daredevil is among that small group where it actually works but it can be a weakness to an extent. While Maleev paints a very grimy and moody picture, the darkness sometimes makes it unclear on what's taking place sometimes. There were moments I had to focus on what was going on, and it just didn't work for me as well this time. Some character designs felt too scribbled and even blocky. I can imagine the drab color schemes by Matt Hollingsworth even putting some people to sleep. It's not that the visuals are bad, but the visual team just over did it with the gloomy presentation.
I know some people who need this type of artwork in small doses and I can understand it. Still, I can't deny to myself that this is a good book. I enjoyed the characters and points covered here, plus it was a step in the right direction pushing Daredevil's character. You can see where some of the influence towards Daredevil: Shadowland came from. Overall, pretty solid book if you need some closure to Hardcore. As for newbies, I wouldn't recommend starting here, I would say backtrack to Hardcore or even better go to Underboss for a nice start.
Pros: Gripping narrative and more characterization
Cons: Artwork can work against it, will be slow for some
good but maybe a little overrated9 avril 2013
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So just finished reading this volume and maybe I expected a bit too much but it wasn't as good as I thought, based on all the praise Bendis and his run on Daredevil have received.
Don't get me wrong it is still good, that's why it's 4 stars but from all the hype, I really expected more. In fact read other Daredeevil/Bendis arcs (Underboss, Out, Hardcore) before this and have to say the same thing. The only exception for me was 'the murdock papers' , which was excellent and did merit 5 stars. In general, there's more of Maleev's great, gritty and dark (soemtimes literally too dark) art work and more self analysing and contemplation from Matt Murdock, intertwined with great action sequences. However the plot runs a little thin. Basically, following on from Daredevil's defeat of Kingpin in Hardcore, Matt has cleaned up hell's kitchen through legal and illegal means (i.e. Matt provides a lot of money into housing and social care initiatives and as daredevil, beats up muggers and the like). There's a period where all is good, except for his superhero friends thinking he's gone too far by declaring himself the next kingpin but honestly this part feels like a filler. The core of the story starts from where he's attacked by the yakuza and nearly killed. He of course recovers, enlists the help of his superhero friends (spiderman, luke cage and iron fist and by the way there's a mouth watering full page panel in the last issue with the 4 superheroes poised for action) and I don't think I'll really be ruining anything by saying he wins the day. That's about it but at least it's done in a gritty, noir esk, intelligent and grounded style that does attract me to Bendis' work here, despite the slight dissapointment. Interesingly enough I think that where Bendis and Maleev lack, Brubaker and Lark who eventually take over the run for a bit, improve upon the book. I was blown away by their first daredevil arc and really liked next few.
In general, If you are new to Daredevil think you'll be pleasantly suprised but on the other hand you may be a little dissapointed if, like me, you were expecting something sensational. If you're not new to the title, then you may be pleased(assuming you like his stuff) that Bendis' Daredevil hasn't dropped in quality and in fact has a very similar feel to all his other work on this title.
Daredevil becomes the Kingpin2 janvier 2011
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Ok, so when we last left our hero in volume 7 (volume 8 was all about Echo), Daredevil had savagely beaten Wilson Fisk and declared himself the Kingpin of Hell's Kitchen. Now we flash ahead one year later, and the Man Without Fear has completely cleaned up his neighborhood. There's little crime, and the citizens love him. He's married his girlfriend, Milla Donavan. Heck, he's even approached about running for Mayor! However, not everything is rosy for the Man Without Fear. HIs friends in the superhero community think he's suffered a nervous breakdown, and decide to confront him in some sort of intervention. The FBI is hounding him once again. If that wasn't enough, the yakuza step up to challenge his authority, and try to frame him. Never a dull moment for our favorite blind vigilante. I gotta say, this collection fires on all cylinders. I just love the way Bendis tells a crime story. Alex Maleev's gritty style continues to serve this series well. My favorite part of this story has to be the rainy alleyway showdown between Matt Murdock and a dozen of yakuza thugs brandishing swords. Totally awesome! This is definitely one of the highlights of the Bendis/Maleev run!
Continuing Excellence8 septembre 2004
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Continuing a year after volume 6's events in which Matt Murdock reaches the breaking point and declares himself kingpin of Hell's Kitchen, this volume explores the aftermath of Matt's actions and how it changes everything and everyone around him.
Bendis continues to keep throwing out amazing stories that really explore who Matt Murdock really is. His characterization is top-notch and the dialogue is as good as ever here. Bendis' work on "Daredevil" is really his best in comics right now (with "Ultimate Spider-Man" and "Powers" following closely behind).
Alex Maleev also continues his signature DD style here which lacks a bit during action scenes but is unbeatable for grounded, dark stories with an emphasis on characters. Hollingsworth's colors compliment the art nicely with very dark, gritty scenes that match the mature tone of the stories.
Simply put: if you have read and liked the previous volumes in the Bendis/Maleev run, this is more of the same and a must read of what is shaping up to be one of the definitive runs in Daredevil's history.
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I love this comic so much but there are some problems22 février 2005
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This is, by far, my favorite ongoing, branded superhero comic on the shelves right now. Out, Hardcore, and Widow are all so human and so kick-butt at the same time that I just can't put them down once I pick them up, no matter how many times I've read them. Not to mention *drool* Born Again. I bought this one, finally, to complete the collection, and while there are some parts that are awesome, there are some parts that don't resonate and one part that is just plain wrong.
First of all, the first Daredevil comic I ever read is in this collection, the one that got me into the character in the first place and made me buy all the other ones and the Millers etc, and that is the issue I like to call Superhero Intervention. In it, Matt gets called into the park where his friends Peter Parker, Luke Cage, Dr. Strange, and Mr. Fantastic are all there, out of costume, telling him to stop being a crazy person. It's brilliant. Alex Maleev's rendering of Peter in particular is priceless.
Some stuff that doesn't work: Jessica Jones. Okay, I love that character, but does Bendis really have to keep inserting her into his other comics? And she just doesn't look right here. Also, as the story plods on it starts to feel old. There are also two full pages of Ben Uhrich just sitting there, talking. It's the same frame, over and over again, for two whole pages. Blah! I mean, I love Ben, but I don't need to stare at his yabbering maw this long.
And then there is the part that is WRONG. Please correct me if you know better, because I am relatively new to this comic, but wasn't Matt relatively old when his father was killed? Because I checked, and when Miller wrote it in Visionaries, he was at least a teenager. He was a kid when he lost his sight, but he was a grown-up teenager when his dad died. After all, that's why he never has foster parents. But here, in a giant splash page, Maleev draws him like he's ten years old. Come on! I've only been reading this comic a year and I know better!
This book is still great for fans, but if you want a good taste, start with Out, or Hardcore, or Widow.