Daredevil Reborn is an action packed and a beautifully crafted comic book. Though I enjoyed reading this comic book, I didn't find it very intriguing or revolutionary or radical. The main theme in here is that of fate. A man, devastated and battered, walks away from his everyday life and leaves behind everything. And, then fate pins him under and forces him to fight back and to confront the demons on the inside and the demons on the outside.
The book starts off beautifully wherein a solitary figure cuts through a desolate, stark desert. Alone with his pain and misery, he walks on. Soon, he walks into a crazy town and gets caught up in the whirlpool of their sins and madness. He refuses to fight back when beaten and threatened.
A man broken by life, A man with a heavy burden: he does not want to wreak any mayhem but simply wants to walk away from bloodshed and turmoil. As it turns out, life and the crazy town had other plans for this stranger.
At its crux, the story is very old school but that's whats best about Daredevil. It takes us back to the wondrous era of the 80's and 90's. As it turns out, the cops in a small town in Mexico supply guns and weapons to a terrifying villain in exchange for drugs. To protect their secret, they try to kill Daredevil several times and never succeed.
Forced to protect himself, Daredevil fights back and wins the day. Its exceptionally amazing to see Daredevil throwing kicks in the air, deflecting bullets and fighting violence with a vengeance, given that he is blind. Its very inspiring and it challenges the nature of reality and the boundaries of human nature.
There is a surprise element in the plot. The main villain is some kind of evil sorcerer with black pits for eyes. The image is spooky and unnerving as hell though the villain himself looks more like a band member from a punk band of 60's or 70's. What is cool and scary about his superpower is that he is able to make your soul writhe with agony as he makes you relive your worst fears and your guilt.
I am used to seeing Daredevil as the man with a light in his eyes and a spunk that cant be broken. Seeing him battered, empty, brooding, lost and dark was quite unusual. And, I suppose that was my main problem with this book.
All in all, I am glad I got the chance to read it.
The love for books & a hunger for stories was programmed into my DNA. And, sooner than later, life experiences sealed the deal. Books have saved me, transformed my life, enlightened me and have shown me the path I must walk. In a way, far too many books have played the role of kindred spirits and guides, leading the seeker in me to answers and paving a way for a new way of life. Books have helped me keep my wits, my sense of wonder, my sense of mystery and curiosity & my sanity in a life that has been anything but predictable and normal.