Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Pencilers: Chris Sprouse, Phil Noto, Lee Ferguson
Inkers: Scott Hanna, Karl Story, Phil Noto, Lee Ferguson
Colorist: Matt Yackey
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel

Review by Anelise Farris

 If you regularly read my reviews, it’s probably obvious by now that I’ll read anything with Daredevil in it. So, of course I jumped on Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1. One of the scattered Infinity Stones has found its way into Hell’s Kitchen, in the hands of a criminal named Turk. It’s up to Daredevil to stop Turk from wielding such a powerful tool.

 Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1 begins with a brief origins recap of how Daredevil came to be Daredevil. From here, we follow Matt Murdock to court as he goes about his day job—only to see Turk with Kingpin’s old cane, adorned with a familiar golden stone. The rest of the comic involves Daredevil confronting Turk, inquiring how he came to possess the cane.  

 The plot of Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1 is a bit sluggish. We spend the first half in court and the latter half listening to Turk recount the night that he found the stone. Therefore, we have a classic case of resting too much on telling rather than showing. It wasn’t a bad storyline; it just could have been executed better. Similarly, the art is nothing special. It is fine, classic art, with a familiar color palate.  

Verdict: Skip it.

For a Daredevil comic, I found his voice to be rather absent in Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1. With heavy exposition from Turk, and uninteresting art, I have to give this one a pass.

Anelise Farris
I'm a doctor that specializes in folklore and mythology, speculative fiction, and disability studies. Basically, I'm a professional geek. When not researching or teaching, I read; I write; I yoga; I travel; I play with my fur babies; and, I watch way too many (if that's a thing) horror movies.

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