Comic Review: The Death-Defying Devil (2008 series)

Published: 2008
Written by: Alex Ross, Joe Casey
Art by: Edgar Salazar, Alex Ross (covers)
Based on: Daredevil by Jack Binder, Jack Cole (revamped)

Dynamite Entertainment, 92 Pages


Before there was Daredevil, well… there was Daredevil.

This isn’t Marvel’s Daredevil who debuted in the 1960s. This is the Golden Age Daredevil, who was a hero published by Lev Gleason Publications starting in 1940. Nowadays, due to copyrights, he is referred to as the Death-Defying Devil.

This is a review of his first series by Dynamite Entertainment back in 2008. I wanted to check it out because he has a new series debuting later this year.

However, despite the fantastic Alex Ross covers, there wasn’t much here to keep me wanting to read beyond this story. It sets up the universe for the Death-Defying Devil and other golden age heroes he calls allies but the story was weak and mostly uninteresting.

The interior art also wasn’t fantastic and the whole idiom about “don’t judge a book by its cover”, works in reverse too.

I may read the follow up story to this but I’m not sure when. Maybe on a rainy day when I’m caught up on all the other comics in my queue.

Rating: 5.25/10
Pairs well with: other modern adaptations of Golden Age superheroes.