John Vest On CR Sunday Feature and Daredevil Omnibus Volume Two posted August 10, 2009
The Bendis/Maleev run on Daredevil is a comic story I'd rather read in two omnibus editions than in a serial format. The five year adventure feels like a true graphic novel with the episodic chronicle of Daredevil's downfall.
Bendis' story never felt bombastic or ridiculously grim to me - it actually seemed pretty irresistible. I read my first issues of Daredevil in 1968. For a hero decades old, Daredevil's characterization seemed amazingly consistent with his troubles with women, personality quirks, and use of friends to protect his secret identity. The Bendis/Maleev issues continued the series well for a longtime reader as Daredevil coped with the constricting adult complications of marriage and legal problems.
The conclusion seemed perfect and logical. I kind of wish, in the Marvel universe, that Daredevil could have disappeared for about 10 years the way Mr. Natural did after he was institutionalized. It could have been a great story watching him pick up the pieces years later after what he was dealt with by life.