For Your Reading Pleasure

As regular readers in this space know, Dean and I love good comics art, though we grew into our love of newspaper comic strips through a love of comic books, and we both had our names and words (though not our “handsome” mugs, thank goodness!) regularly plastered on the letters pages of many 1970s-era Marvel Comics.

So pardon us if we draw all those threads together to note that, when it goes on sale this week, you might want to check out Marvel’s Daredevil: Dark Nights # 1, a new mini-series that will feature stories about the sightless superhero separate from the continuity in his ongoing title.

The first three issues of DD: DN will comprise the story “Angels Unaware,” written, penciled, and inked by my friend of more than three decades (and sometimes-collaborator) Lee Weeks. With this story, Lee returns not only to the character that cemented his place among the top draughtsmen currently working in the business, but also to writing his own material for the first time in over a decade. If you read his previous auteurships—his beautiful done-in-washes “Thing” story for the too-briefly-lived black-and-white anthology series Shadows & Light, plus his mini-series Spider-Man: Death & Destiny—you know Lee strives to meld his pictures and words into a seamless narrative whole; you know you’re in for a treat.

And because Lee’s such a good buddy, he’s graciously allowing me to share with you a sampling of inked pages from the first issue. The set-up for “Angels Unaware”—a monster blizzard is paralyzing New York City, a young girl in need of a heart transplant awaits the arrival of a donor organ that gets lost in the storm—and a certain Man Without Fear sets out to retrieve that missing heart before time runs out.

Walter Simonson once called Lee “The John Buscema of our generation”—high praise indeed!—and Lee told me he sees page seven of this issue as having, “A Toth-like sensibility, even if it isn’t rendered in a Toth-like style.” Whatever name you choose to associate with his art, the adjective that comes to mind will surely be, “Exceptional!”

Daredevil: Dark Nights # 1 goes on sale Wednesday, June 5th, at comics shops everywhere. Click on each page for a larger view. © 2013 Marvel.

 

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Page 7 of the first issue of “Angels Unaware,” which creator Lee Weeks says features, “A Toth-like sensibility,” a sign that one Master influences others.

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Wonderful use of point-of-view and panel-to-panel progression on this 13th page of Lee Weeks’s “Angels Unaware.”

 

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Atmosphere—including a building sense of danger and tension – permeates this page from “Angels Unaware,” featured in issues # 1 – 3 of Marvel’s Daredevil: Dark Nights.

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