I started reading this mini series only because I really love Daredevil. And while I still haven’t found a Daredevil story I don’t like, I’ve found quite a few that aren’t quite as good as others, and this falls into that category. Nothing about it seems suspenseful. Daredevil’s personal mission is interesting enough, but the plot point that’s finally wrapped up in this issue lasted two issues too long. I get that there’s a massive blizzard, and I get that people want to take Daredevil out, but getting the heart to the little girl (Hannah) seems like it would take less than three issues.
So we get panels of Daredevil trudging through piles of snow, with only his inner monologue to entertain us. Luckily, there aren’t as many of those in this issue, but what there is isn’t exactly great material. The only interesting thing about this is Daredevil’s personal mission – trying to right past wrongs. It’s a great theme for the story, but, at times, there’s just too much going on for it to be as enjoyable as it should be.
For example, the dream sequence that this book opens with is annoying exposition, telling us a bunch of things that anyone with a passing familiarity with Daredevil would know. For people who really enjoy the character, like me, it’s far past annoying, and getting into the realms of unbearable. I mean, it’s fine when a good author does it, and it’s fine when it’s given a page, maximum, but here, neither of those are present.
Lee Weeks is a decent author, but doesn’t do anything special with Daredevil, a character who has been interpreted in so many different ways. This Daredevil is strictly the formulaic character, not someone that the author has decided to completely re-imagine. That’s ok, to a point, but when there’s so many great Daredevil books out there, why waste time on an unimaginative one like this?
Formulaic isn’t strictly bad, but it does prevent this book from being as enjoyable as it should be. Everything is predictable, and even the story is something we’ve all seen before. Just because it’s Daredevil doesn’t make it any less formulaic – or any less irksome for that matter. I did enjoy this issue, it’s just not necessarily something that I’d pick up and read over and over again. If it weren’t a Daredevil story, I doubt that I would be reading it anyways.
Score: 6.8, Disappointing
Daredevil: Dark Nights #3 is nothing special. It’s a formulaic disaster story that’s gone on too long already, and if it didn’t star Daredevil, it would basically be something we’ve all seen before. Daredevil’s inner doubt is interesting enough, and is a great theme for the story, but it’s underdone, and isn’t used to develop Matt Murdock as well as it should be.