Daredevil 169 (March 1981)

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Frank Miller sure does write a great Batman comic. Oh, wait, this is Daredevil?

Regardless of Matt acting rather batty, it’s an excellent comic. Bullseye has escaped Arkham, where they discovered he’s actually got a tumor and he’s causing him to misbehave more than usual. He’s on the streets, assaulting people he mistakes for Daredevil–once again, Miller’s got a nice, unexplored inference. Bullseye can’t tell the hallucinated Daredevils from the real one.

There’s a bunch of good action scenes, including a great fight in a movie theater with some nicely layered supporting dialogue and fine use of film stills. Miller and Janson create a style for the urban superhero with Daredevil.

The finish has Batman explaining why he doesn’t kill the Joker… wait, wrong characters. You know who I mean.

There’s also an awesome visualization of how Matt uses his powers to track down Bullseye.

The issue’s quite exceptional.

CREDITS

Devils; writer and penciller, Frank Miller; inker, Klaus Janson; colorist, Glynis Wein; letterer, Joe Rosen; editor, Denny O’Neil; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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Swamp Thing 67 (December 1987)

There’s some more humor with Constantine, some more romance for Alec and Abby and yet another trip to the Parliament of Trees. Well, there’s also the Sprout–that being the soul of the next plant elemental–possessing Solomon Grundy to see if he’s a good fit.

Alec then gets into a fight with Grundy, who doesn’t like the uninvited soul.

Veitch is really seeped in DC history and setting. Not so much with Alec, but with the guest stars and their little stories. For example, the year annual’s ape-related events are having repercussions here. It makes more a strange comic; Veitch’s Swamp Thing is a slightly distorted view of the DC Universe, but an inclusive one.

He’s also writing Abby a lot better, which helps. His pacing isn’t great–he frequently dawdles– but the comic’s good enough it doesn’t matter. It’s a fun, engaging read with some outstanding artwork.

CREDITS

The Wisdom of Solomon; writer and penciller, Rick Veitch; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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