Daredevil: Wake Up review

Daredevil Wake Up

Daredevil Wake Up

You may have noticed that, in discussing these funny-books, that I don’t often comment on the art. That’s because I’m a writer and because I focus on writing. Well, I’ve finally encountered a graphic novel where I can’t do that.

“Wake Up” by Brian Micheal Bendis and David Mack tells the story of Ben Urich as he at first investigates and later attempts to save a young boy who has become psychologically withdrawn after witnessing his criminal father battling Daredevil.

Urich becomes obsessed with this young boy, to the point of compromising his journalistic integrity to do so. In doing this, he uncovers his own paternally abusive past as well as the boy’s. The title says it all: it involved trying to get the boy to wake up from his vegetative state, trying to get Urich to wake up to his moral obligations, and to get Daredevil to wake up to the damage his violence and vigilantism can do. And for us all to wake up to the world around us.

It’s a strong message deftly delivered by Bendis and Mack, whose art is devoid of panels and barriers and instead the psychedelic impressionist art is necessary to the telling of the story.

“Wake Up” is a book with a strong moral message that continues a modern tradition of showing the real-world consequences to the violence of crime-fighting. It adds incredible depth to the character of Ben Urich, and the ending (which I will not spoil) is one of the best possible.

Daredevil, Vol. 3: Wake UpDaredevil, Vol. 3: Wake Up by Brian Michael Bendis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Wake Up” by Brian Micheal Bendis and David Mack tells the story of Ben Urich as he at first investigates and later attempts to save a young boy who has become psychologically withdrawn after witnessing his criminal father battling Daredevil.

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