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Daredevil: Yellow #1

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Daredevil: Yellow is a mini series that focuses on Matt Murdock/Daredevil in his early crime fighting years. The story is written by Jeph Loeb and the art is by Tim Sale. Daredevil was created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. When they first created the character, they made Daredevil’s costume a bright yellow color. Loeb and Sale focus on Daredevil when he wore the bright yellow costume instead of the well known red.

The first issue of the six issue mini series begins with Murdock jumping acrobatically over the rooftops of New York City. He’s wearing the red outfit and he’s thinking about Karen Page who he misses. It seems apparent that Page made be dead by the way Murdock speaks to the reader. Murdock ends up at Fogwell’s Gym where he reminisces about his father. The reader is taken on a trip of memories as the reader sees Murdock and Foggy Nelson in their law school years. The duo is an enjoyable pair as Nelson is a energetic student while Murdock is a polite bookworm. They both have fun being around Murdock’s father who is a boxer. Battling Jack Murdock is on a win streak though the streak is fixed by thugs. The thugs want Jack Murdock to lose his next fight for his pay. He decides against it and it leads to his death. At the end, Murdock makes the Daredevil costume to seek justice against his father’s killers.

What makes this a good comic to read? It’s a good spin on Matt Murdock’s origin story. Loeb makes Murdock’s connections to his father and Page very emotional. Murdock clearly misses Page and he’s passionate for his father. Sale draws a strong, muscular Daredevil. Murdock is definitely menacing in his tights. He draws a rugged Hell’s Kitchen and it’s perfect for the gloomy script. Colorist Matt Hollingsworth gives the book a noire feel at times while giving the color yellow the spotlight throughout. It makes Sale’s art bold.

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