Retroactive: Legends of the Dark Knight 2003 & Daredevil 2002

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My Favourite Covers

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Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme?

For Legends of the Dark Knight, the crown goes to: Legends of the Dark Knight #161. This cover possesses a very unique almost cartoony aesthetic to it and it is because of this deviation from the norm that it initially grabbed my attention. Here we have Batman battling a group of criminals on the top of a building, trying valiantly to hold them off while also struggling to try to stay on the roof itself as he attempts to hold onto a dangling Barbara Gordon who is about to plummet to the streets below. It looks pretty bleak for the Dark Knight as he grits his teeth with determination while the criminal lot cannot help but flash their slimy grins as they think they are finally going to be the ones to end the Batman’s life. This scene is exciting and our minds begin to race as we try to figure out how are hero will overcome these impossible odds to not only save his life but Barbara’s as well. Add that to a richly detailed and beautifully coloured backdrop of the city and you get a cover that thrills and astounds while looking really good to boot.lotdk161


For Daredevil, the title goes to: Daredevil Vol. 2 #30. Things are certainly not looking up for Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime. Here we have a photo of him, a giant “X” scratched over his face presumably from the dagger resting above. Surrounding his photo are a deck of cards with the majority having their backs to us with only the various suits of the King card and one Wild Card being positioned face up. I love the added detail of how all the Kings have guns in their hands and also that the Wild Card has a depiction of the perennial wild card in Kingpin’s life, Daredevil. The entire cover itself is bathed in a blood-red glow and the cards themselves have what look to be blood smears on them as well. This all adds up to a rather ominous cover that makes us wonder if the Kingpin will truly meet his maker. The inclusion of the cash on the table leads us to believe that someone may have been  hired to kill Mr. Fisk and the uncertainty of whether Daredevil will save him or even want to save him further sells the wild card symbolism. It is a terrific image that emerges from some stiff competition to stand out as the best of the best.DDV230________________________________________________________

So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

6 thoughts on “Retroactive: Legends of the Dark Knight 2003 & Daredevil 2002

  1. I really like the cover of Legends of the Dark Knight #161 as well. I like the cartoony style of this cover, with criminals attack Batman while he tries to hold onto Barbara Gordon so she doesn’t fall. Its a really exciting cover. Daredevil #vol 2 #38 is a great Christmas style cover, with the snow falling, and DD perched high above the city, this cover has an almost magical quality to it. A great selection of covers for this retroactive 😀

    • “I really like the cover of Legends of the Dark Knight #161 as well.”
      Not only did you and I agree but wwayne as well. It was a trifecta this week!

      “Daredevil #vol 2 #38 is a great Christmas style cover, with the snow falling, and DD perched high above the city, this cover has an almost magical quality to it.”
      This cover is awesome and earns my third place award. Anytime you include snow it just overall equals an even better cover similar to the effect rain has on other covers.

      Thanks for providing your choices!

  2. Superheroes are self – confident. If they weren’t, they couldn’t fight crime: not only because it takes a lot of courage to do that, but also because a superhero without self – confidence won’t strike terror into the crooks he has to fight against.
    That’s why it is so shocking when we see a superhero looking lost, upset and vulnerable: we’re used to see him calm and perfectly in control of himself, so we would never expect to see him in such a bad state. Especially Daredevil, who is known as the man without fear.
    This is the main reason why Daredevil # 27 is so effective and eye – catching: because it shows our hero hiding his face with his hands and gnashing his teeth, and this definitely is an eye – widening vision.
    I also love the elaborate details of the building under his feet, his body being lit up from the bottom upwards (usually it’s just the opposite), the tagline “The man without fear” covered by Matt’s arm (perhaps this is a way to underline that he’s not the man without fear anymore)… yes, this cover definitely deserves the gold medal.
    As for Bruce, when I saw LOTDK # 161, I instantly understood it would have won the gold medal, even if I hadn’t seen the other covers yet. No surprise that you picked it as well. I’m sure that, if we asked 100 people to pick a Bat – cover from the 12 you uploaded in your post, at least 80 of them would agree with us.
    Special mention for LOTDK # 172, because it shows 3 details that are really eye – pleasing for me: neon lights, a night club and graffiti.

    • “I also love the elaborate details of the building under his feet, his body being lit up from the bottom upwards (usually it’s just the opposite), the tagline “The man without fear” covered by Matt’s arm (perhaps this is a way to underline that he’s not the man without fear anymore)… yes, this cover definitely deserves the gold medal.”
      I love your overall analysis of the cover especially your hypothesis about covering up the “Man Without Fear” tagline. The lighting is indeed unusual and I really like the design going on in the background. One of the figures resembles a skeleton to me. Not only is Daredevil falling apart before our eyes but it gives off a real horror vibe as well. Great pick. For me my runner-up is #32. I love the incorporation of the newspaper with an image of Matt Murdock. Then we add the red marker outline around him in the shape of Daredevil complete with the logo and we are led to believe that someone or possibly the paper itself might have discovered his secret.

      “I’m sure that, if we asked 100 people to pick a Bat – cover from the 12 you uploaded in your post, at least 80 of them would agree with us.”
      Not only the two of us but Paul Bowler as well. When we are all in agreement you know it is an awesome image.

      “Special mention for LOTDK # 172, because it shows 3 details that are really eye – pleasing for me: neon lights, a night club and graffiti.”
      Not only that but you and I are in agreement over the runner-up as well! 🙂

      Thanks, as always, for the terrific analysis and sharing your selections.

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