In the solicitation for November’s “Daredevil” #6, the copy reads, “The most critically acclaimed new series of the year continues!” Given that only one issue of the relaunched series had been released when that sentence was written, that’s a bold statement to make and, yet, one that’s hard to disagree with. The first issue of the new “Daredevil” was highly acclaimed and rightfully so. It was entertaining, stylistically inventive, able to reconcile the character’s recent past with the desire to push forward, featured a strong, distinctive take on the characters, and was absolutely gorgeous with art from Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin. Good news: the second issue is more of the same (minus Martin’s art).
The visual representation of Daredevil’s powers is a smart concept by Rivera and he does it so well, managing to capture the radar look of objects while maintaining a dynamic energy. Moreover, that approach is never overused, doled out judiciously at the right moments. It begins the issue as Daredevil is blindsided by Captain America’s shield and the opening page is just a fun, entertaining back and forth with both heroes using their weapon of choice on the other with similar results: just barely missing the other, but taking off a part of their costume (one of Daredevil's horns and one of Cap’s little wings).
The exchange between the two is handled perfectly by Mark Waid and Rivera. Cap wants to bring in Daredevil to answer for the crimes he committed during “Shadowland,” and Daredevil insists that he wasn’t responsible while they put on a display of acrobatic back and forth, using one another’s weapon. Waid even throws in nice touches like Daredevil using legal slang as part of his regular speech or pointing out how Captain America was unfrozen in “Avengers” #4 around the same time that “Daredevil” #1 came out.
The opening story seems to be more about re-establishing Daredevil in New York, while also establishing the tone of the book. In some ways, this relaunch is reminiscent of the reworking of “Amazing Spider-Man” a few years ago; not surprising given the involvement of this creative team in that comic, as well. A scene with Foggy is played for comedy as Rivera shows off some visual comedy chops, while the villain of this story is a new one for Daredevil, but incredibly appropriate.
The word I’d have to use to sum up “Daredevil” #2 is ‘enjoyable.’ This is a pleasant, fun, enjoyable read. Excellent craft, a smart approach, a strong take on the character, and art that stands out stylistically and in storytelling. There’s a reason why the first issue was so heavily praised and it’s on display in the second issue.