Way back in March Marvel Comics announced that they would be pairing big name talent with some B list characters to launch new books. My first impression to the news can be found here.So far the three books that were announced were Moon Knight by Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev. Daredevil By Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin. The Punisher by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto. I've read all three of these books and i'll tell you what i really think about all three books.
The Punisher By Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto
I had such high hopes for the book. To be honest i really didn't enjoy it that much. Sure it had lots of violence in it but i felt this book came off as a little of a let down. The story came off as hard to follow and the art at some points just confused the hell out of me. Some of Checchetto's work is flashy but the storytelling is a bit of of sync. I'm not saying this is a bad comic, I'm just saying that i didn't enjoy it as much as the next man. Maybe i only can enjoy Punisher when Garth Ennis is writing it. Hmm might be time to pick up that omnibus.
Moon Knight By Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev
This did not suck. I had a feeling that it would and I'm glad i was wrong. Bendis does a great job crafting a story in which Moon Knight is in L.A. I like the fact that they are not in the typical New York setting and Moony is kind of out of his element. Bendis does a great job of growing this character. I like the interactions of Moon Knight and Echo, a former love interest of Daredevil. I like the fact that instead of being a cab driver Moony is going for being the top 3 Avengers in his mind. He regularly speaks with Captain America, Spider-Man and Wolverine.
Hell at one point Moon Knight even dresses up like Spidey when he takes down a group of villains called the Nightshade. The art by Alex Maleev is just fantastic. It's not quite as dark as the stuff he was doing on Daredevil. Maleevs art is moody and it sets the tone for the book. The best part is that there is on one in this comic who tries to be funny by repeating themselves over and over again like Bendis normally does when writing Spider-Man.
Daredevil By Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin
This is by far the best book that Marvel is publishing right now. I remember that sometime back i thought that it would be a great idea that Mark Waid write the Superman title and this is why. Mark Waid writes a Daredevil that hasn't been seen since the days of Stan Lee and Gene Colan and that is a good thing. This book is fun and fresh and not like anything else on the market today. I just can't enough good things about this book, it sucks that this book comes out only once a month. The art is nothing but stellar from Rivera and Martin who share art duties on this book.
At first it can come off as a very minimalist approach but take a closer look. Tons of details went into each and every page. These guys are not slacking with the art process. Also i think we need to thank the unsung hero of this book and that's the colorist Matt Hollingsworth. He makes each an every page pop with color. It's just a damn fine comic book with lots of fun and not too heavy. It gets away from the stuff that just about every creator has been doing with ol' hornhead which is try to tell the same Frank Miller story over and over.
So there you have it a look at Marvel's big shots with Daredevil clearly taking the cake. What do you guys think?