I didn’t like this. At all.
I think I’ve reached the point in reading comic books and graphic novels where I have definite opinions. I haven’t delved into the history of comic books. I’m sure that there is a reason that Frank Miller is revered, but I haven’t figured out what it is yet.
Daredevil: The Man Without Fear would put me off Daredevil if I weren’t already watching the Netflix series. The volume is mostly narrated with occasional breaks for conversation between characters. I found it boring and stilted. The narration is distancing and stilted.
I felt like Miller spent more time telling instead of showing, which is an odd feeling when you’re reading a comic book. I forced my self through the volume just so I could ask what’s the big deal about Frank Miller?
The dialogue isn’t any better than the narration. I understand that this is supposed to be noir-ish, but I found the stylized dialogue off putting.
Electra is a tough character. She’s a manic pixie dream assassin. We are told she loves Matt, that there are voices dragging her to the dark side, but it’s hard to get a sense of her as a character.
just as I struggled to finish The Man Without Fear, I’m struggling to finish this review. I went to the Cannonball Read Book Chat group for help and inspiration. Jen K suggested:
“In conclusion, meh, blech, whatever. Read it, don’t read, doesn’t make a difference, it’s a book that is.”
And there you go.
I don’t get why Frank Miller is so revered.