I’m still not that sure about Marvel’s digital comics, any more than I am about DC’s. Marvel’s are certainly longer and often drawn better but for the cost of a physical comic, I don’t know if I can recommend it. DC charges .99 and that’s fine, if Marvel would charge $1.99, I might be more supportive but at $2.99, it’s hard to recommend.
However, here’s my look at the 4-issue Infinite Comics mini-series, Daredevil – Road Warrior.
Anyhow, this 4-“issue” mini-series serves as a bridge for the transition from the old Mark Waid comic series and the new Mark Waid comic series that will start soon. In the new series, Matt Murdoch moves from the east coast to the west coast, which still bothers me a bit because Daredevil is so connected to Hell’s Kitchen, I don’t know if I will ever be able to see him differently.
It’s nice to see characters that have fallen off the radar in this mini, from Man-Bull to Super-Adaptoid and the Mad Thinker. Waid, truly a master of introducing characters to a new audience, shows exactly what the world looks like from the perspective of Daredevil and does it in a relatively fresh and fun way. In fact, Daredevil makes the comment that he might not be the Man Without Fear if he could actually see some of the enemies he faces and that’s a really unique and interesting take on the character. Daredevil was one of the books that was consistently good month to month and why I really enjoy Waid’s writing and have for many years.
Peter Krause does an amazing job on the art, I can’t find more than a handful of cases where I wasn’t totally enthralled with it. Colorist John Kalisz brought the series to life extremely well, he makes a wonderful team, especially a wonderful digital team, with Krause and I want to see them work together again soon. When Super-Adaptoid mimicked Daredevil, there was a subtle difference between the Matt Murdoch Daredevil and the Super-Adaptoid Daredevil so you always knew which was which without making it painfully obvious that’s what they were doing.
The story behind Road Warrior was great, the artwork was great and it didn’t feel like filler, there was an actual plot in the comic. All this being said though, while I’ve watched Marvel’s digital plans for a very long time and firmly believe that it won’t be that long until physical comics, particularly the monthly format, goes away entirely, I can’t say that I think Marvel’s Infinite comics have nearly reached that spot yet. I know there has to be some difference between a digital comic book and a digital animated episode, I’d like to see it closer to animation and not as close to scanned physical comics. There is so much more you can do in the digital realm and it seemed, in this series at least, that every page or two, they simply re-used the same image and placed new text over it. That just feels like cheating to me, if they did that in a physical comic, I’d have to reconsider whether or not I wanted to read it. It just feels that Marvel is trying to find a way to do physical comics digitally instead of trying to make digital comics their own animal. I’d be happier if they’d try to make them something totally new and different.