There were two or three of these CitiWide Bank commercials, about a bank that makes exact change in any denomination, that year, but this the one I remember best because of the punchline: “All the time, our customers ask us, ‘How do you make money doing this?’ The answer is simple: volume.” It’s funny because, of course, you will never make any profit exchanging money at a 1:1 ratio, no matter how many transactions are made. This Daredevil Annual #1 is sort of like that, in that it provides two stories for a dollar more than the regular price, but the volume of stories provides about the same satisfaction as a single issue. Did I just give away my opinion of the issue in the introduction? Oops! Well, read on anyway, you might just learn something.
You gotta hand it to Marvel, that opening recap page goes a long way to bringing the reader up to speed. For instance, this recap reminded me that Echo, aka Maya Lopez, has been flitting around the same rooftops as Daredevil. I had forgotten because we haven’t seen her in several issues. Never mind the New Reader, the regular reader gets use out of these opening pages, too! It also reminds us that everyone forgot Daredevil’s civilian identity of Matt Murdock, and that he became a District Attorney in New York after the events of Secret Wars that still have not been explained, which just pissed me off right off the bat. Not a good look to keep picking at that scab, It’s just unconscionable that none of the Marvel books have revealed diddly-squat about what happened during that elapsed eight months post-Secret Wars—and many of the books stemming from that event are more than eight months old now! I’ll probably rant more on this later.
Two fairly tepid stories that seem unlinked to the prevailing narrative make for a pretty disappointing issue of Daredevil. This iteration of the character seems burdened by past versions and pays a lot of service to the Daredevil fanboy, but provides little in the way of interesting stories or characterization. I mean here, Matt Murdock is District Attorney of New York, yet the last time we saw him in his civilian garb was three issues ago--and then he was in a Chinese casino, not litigating at all! The whole thing seems like a missed opportunity, and as we head into another renumbering I wonder if I should bother being attached to this book at all.