enjoy Brian Michael Bendis while we can. Sure, he says he'll
never leave comics and he seems like a standup kind of guy.
it, you know that a guy who writes as well as he does will
be moving to Hollywood or getting into the world of prose
fiction. He's just too damn good to be spending his time on
terrific comics like the recent graphic novel Daredevil:
Lowlife. Sure, we've all read his book Fortune and
Glory, which chronicled in great detail how Hollywood
sucks its writers up and spits them out. I understand that.
don't buy it.
a guy who writes such terrific dialogue stay in comics? How
does someone who writes such unpredictable plots, who creates
three-dimensional characters so easily, stay in comics?
Daredevil: Lowlife, the fourth collection of his run
on the monthly title. This one tells the story of what happens
to Daredevil when his secret identity of Matt Murdock is revealed
to the world by a New York tabloid newspaper. In the meantime,
Murdock may have found a new love, and an old nemesis steps
into the place of the recently-departed Kingpin.
were in the hands of anyone other than Bendis, it might have
been a cliché-ridden tale of secret identity and arch-villains.
In the hands of Bendis, the story becomes something special
- part detective story, part character study and only a small
part a superhero adventure.
most of Bendis's best writing, it's the dialogue in this comic
that makes it special. There's a sequence between Murdock
and Luke Cage that's wonderful, and another one between Murdock
and his long-time partner Foggy Nelson that's plain amazing.
And the scenes in which Matt begins to get close to a new
woman in his life are charming and wonderful.
art is just amazing. His style is wonderfully dark and muted,
and very realistic. His people look like real people - when
Cage and Murdock are chatting, the size and body language
of each man presents their respective attitudes with amazing
real showplace moment for Maleev occurs in part four of this
five-chapter story. Matt and his date Milla are walking through
Hell's Kitchen, New York. Maleev shows the pair walking down
a deserted street with the area's brownstone tenements looming
over them, emphasizing the connection both people feel to
the community. Suddenly, on the next page, as the pair talk
about the history of Hell's Kitchen, Maleev presents a two-page
view of the same street in the 19th-century. The street looks
realistic as Maleev immediately conjures up the past in one
as Maleev's art is, though, it's Bendis who's the star creator
of this story. And there the question still remains: how long
will we have him in comics? We'd better enjoy his writing
on Daredevil and his other books while we can, because it
has to only be a matter of time till greener pastures present