Interlude #1 (Daredevil: Yellow)

You’ve heard in our podcast that our co-host Kyle is starting to turn a corner. He’s starting to understand why Rodney and Aaron are so attached to comic books as an artform and a mode of storytelling. The real issue for Kyle seems to be that, unlike his partners in colorful, paneled crime, Kyle did not become attached to “funny books” at a young age. He’s discovering them for the first time as an adult, and– let’s face facts– comic books from the 1960s are so . . . so . . . wordy . . . and so . . . dumb.

Rodney and Aaron wanted to give Kyle a taste of what more contemporary comic books might feel like. They wanted him to see that trends have shifted throughout the years to a more art-centric model, to a narrative format that is decidedly less kid-friendly. Basically, we wanted him to see that he really ought to hang in there because he has so much to look forward to.

Aaron handpicked this 2001 mini-series by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale as the perfect interlude between runs of Wally Wood and a new artist. This mini-series is a contemporary retelling of the first six issues of Daredevil. It redoes his origin slightly, makes things a little less goofy, and provides a heartwarming explanation as to why Daredevil switched from a yellow costume to a red costume. Wally Wood, as you may recall, never really gave one.

Next week, we’ll be presenting our episode on issue 12, which features a new artist and a new villain. The issue does, anyway. The discussion of it features a bunch of cursing and griping because it doesn’t take long for proceedings to fall apart without the aid of Wally Wood. That’s for next week, though.

For now, enjoy this interlude.

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Given that this miniseries is not part of regular Daredevil continuity, it doesn’t really fall under the purview of what we normally cover in our podcast. For that reason, we almost didn’t include any images of the artwork. We did, however, want you to see the breathtaking covers for the individual issues and felt it apropos to show you how the major characters in the series so far are depicted by the late (and great) Tim Sale.

Book One: “The Championship Season”
Released: June 6, 2001
Cover date: August, 2001
Book Two: “The Measure of A Man”
Released: July 5, 2002
Cover date: September, 2001
Book Three: “Stepping Into The Ring”
Released: August 1, 2001
Cover date: October, 2001
Book Four: “Never Lead With Your Left”
Released: September 6, 2002
Cover date: November, 2001
Book Five: “Against The Ropes”
Released: November 21, 2001
Cover date: December, 2001
Book Six: “The Final Bell”
Released: January 4, 2002
Cover date: January 2002
The artwork, drawn and inked by Tim Sale and colored by Matt Hollingsworth, is a high point of this entire series.
This is the best Karen Page has ever looked.
Tim Sale also has a knack with Foggy. Sale’s depiction of him gets across that he’s fairly nebbish without making him pathetic.
With the exception of Mr. Fear, who is strangely absent from Loeb’s retelling, every major villain in the first six issues of the original series is depicted. Here we see The Fixer as Daredevil chases him through the subway.
The Owl
Kilgrave, The Purple Man
The Matador
Loeb and Sale even put a face and name to the trigger man who killed Jack Murdock. His name is Slade . . .
. . . and in a very poignant scene in Book Four, he is executed for his crimes. Matt attends the execution, but is very conflicted by the whole proceedings. Notice what Matt Hollingsworth has done with the colors in this sequence.
Loeb’s story even manages to revamp the issue 2 appearance of Fantastic Four. Of course, in this version, the appearance is handled a bit more deftly and less quippy. It also looks better.
Of course, by the end, Daredevil has made an appearance in his iconic red costume.

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