Daredevil vol. 1 by Mark Waid (Marvel) – 4 Stars. Very well done with a lot of great and clever moments. It’s nice to read about Matt Murdock/Daredevil is a little less made of angst in Waid’s run. Both Martin and Rivera’s art was also fantastic, and I loved the insight into how Matt’s abilities work.
Punisher vol. 1 by Greg Rucka (Marvel) – 4 Stars. Great storyline from Rucka and artwork from Checchetto. Although fairly violent, it’s nice to read something about Frank Castle/The Punisher that doesn’t make me ill like the PunisherMax titles tend to. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Spider-man & The Human Torch by Dan Slott (Marvel) – 4 Stars. I bought this book on a whim not so much because I follow both characters on a regular basis, but because day-in-the-life and friendship stories always appeal to me. This graphic novel follows both Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and Peter Parker/Spider-man from nearly their first meeting to the days where their friendship is, for the most part, solidified. Well, as much as it can be. Without turning them completely into Goofus and Gallant, both superheroes struggle with themselves and the sort of roles they want. Johnny is a bit of a flake and a problem child who would love to be taken seriously more often. Peter is a bit downtrodden and overwhelmed with responsibility, but secretly wishing he could be more of a goofball. It made for a good series of misadventures, and I really liked the ending.