DAREDEVIL: DARK NIGHTS #6
Written by Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Thony Silas
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: November 6, 2013
Confession: This is the first non-Mark Waid Daredevil comic I’ve ever read. I picked it up because both Misty Knight and Jimmy Palmiotti were on the cover. Every page was drenched in glorious fun and 80’s-style action. I’m surprised Bruce Willis wasn’t there. This was a really great read for anyone looking for a bit of a different take on Daredevil, or just any member of the human race who enjoys fast, sexy sports cars, hot ninja cyborg ladies and wailing on thugs with sticks.
The Daredevil I’m used to is pretty serious, but he does exhibit a bit of a sass-mouth at times. Palmiotti takes that sense of humor and puts it front and center. Matt Murdock’s confidence is more of a swagger, and seeing him play the ladies’ man is way more fun than I was expecting. I think I might have a crush on Daredevil now? The constant flirtation between Matt and Misty – especially during the fight and chase scenes – adds another dimension of thrill, as well as illuminates a side of both characters that I’ve never really seen before. I got to laugh, and get my adrenaline going. I can’t wait to see how much butt these two kick in the next issue.
The art is gorgeous, bright, and dynamic. There are perhaps a couple instances where Misty’s poses are worthy of the Hawkeye Initiative, but it’s easy to breeze past it when you have her kicking down a locked door in flipflops. Misty looks every bit the asskicker in every panel, which somehow sells the absurdity that she’s crimefighting in a sexy bikini. Thony Silas’s style carries the joyful tone of the book perfectly, so it feels more camp than crass. It’s the kind of cheesecake I can 100% get behind. Extra love to cover artist Amanda Conner for continuing the cover legacy of the “I’m Not Daredevil” t-shirt, and the additional Misty Knight fierceness. She looks like she’d kill you with that martini glass, and not be the slightest bit sorry.
This book is a nice break from the relatively seriously themes of racism, government corruption and cancer in the main DD book. I think it’s important to explore as many facets of a character as you can, especially if a character does have a lighter side. As I and my fellow hosts on the Hangout often say, comics should be fun! Palmiotti delivers exactly that. This book is entertaining as hell. Bring on the next issue!
The Verdict: 8.5/10