Retroactive: Legends of the Dark Knight 2010-2013 & Daredevil 2007


My Favourite Covers


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 Vol. 2 #12. Rafael Albuquerque is one very talented individual and this stunning cover stands out as one of the very best Legends of the Dark Knight covers of both volumes. Our hero stands before us, his costume torn, blood oozing from an unknown wound on his side, weathered and weary. I simply adore the visual of Batman holding himself up against the wall with one hand, the blood trickling down the white surface. Positioned around him are just some of the various members of his rogues gallery: Killer Croc, Mad Hatter, Zsasz, Bane, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, and Catwoman. The image itself uses a very limited colour palette to great effect. The villains are all rendered in the cool tones of blue and green, their eyes all menacingly coloured orange except for Catwoman who merely has the colour on her goggles. Some are separated by black lines originating from Batman’s shadow with the rest of the background containing visual flourishes/swishes for added interest. Meanwhile, the Dark Knight is bathed in contrasting warm colours which makes him only pop off the page even more. Staring at the image we wonder which one of these vile foes could have harmed Batman? And how can he hope to overcome them in his weakened state? It compels you to buy the book in order to discover these answers, the epitome of a cover that has done its job right. I can think of no finer way to end our time with this legendary series!

 For Daredevil, the title goes to: Daredevil Vol. 2 #100. This year was extremely difficult to pick a winner but one cover stood out to me as something truly special, a cover that pays tribute to all the issues that have come before with a collection of characters that have meant so much to the franchise. On this spectacular double-page spread we have the good guys on the right, the villains on the left. Our collection of heroes made up of various characters who have had strong ties to Daredevil include Elektra, Black Widow, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Spider-Man. Each one is portrayed in a dramatic pose as they combat the growing throng of Hand ninjas. On the far left are the threats who have made Daredevil’s life miserable over the decades including Typhoid Mary, Tombstone, the Kingpin, the Owl, the Gladiator, and Bullseye. Terrific detail, amazing colouring, and a chaotic and stunning scene ensures that this anniversary cover floods us with awesomeness and doesn’t let up.

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

8 thoughts on “Retroactive: Legends of the Dark Knight 2010-2013 & Daredevil 2007

  1. I really like Daredevil Vol. 2 # 94.
    First of all, it’s focused on Matt’s private life instead of his activity as a superhero: this is quite unusual, so I could give this cover the gold medal for this reason alone.
    Secondly, it’s a delightful tribute to the romance comics of the 70s like Young Love: as you know, I don’t like tribute covers very much (I prefer when the cover artist creates something totally new), but in this case I appreciated it, because I love superhero comics having a romantic vibe.
    Thirdly, the colouring is very simple yet fantastic. The tone of blue used for the sky and the tone of purple used for the wall are both gorgeous, and I also love how the various tones of pink and purple are matched on Milla’s skin.
    Special mention for Daredevil Vol. 2 # 97: raging faces under the pouring rain? I’m definitely sold! : ) I love this cover also because it reminds me of the fights between Batman and Bane.
    Bronze medal for Daredevil Vol. 2 # 99, because the lighting is jaw – dropping.
    As for Bruce, my favorite Bat – cover is LOTDK Vol. 2 # 5, because it suggests that this time Bullock will be the protagonist, and I love when a supporting character upstages the leading one.
    By the way, I own LOTDK Special # 1, and I remember it was great. I do suggest you to read it if you haven’t.

    • “I really like Daredevil Vol. 2 # 94.”
      Your write-up of this cover truly does it justice. A phenomenal cover that was part of a collection of some truly breathtaking images this year. The mere thought of choosing a runner-up to my choice is quite perplexing. I love your selection for the very reasons you provided, I’m astounded by #99’s perfect use of shadows and lighting, #97’s rain is done magnificently, and the vicious action of #96 is amazing. Marko Djurdjević is one talented individual.

      After much debate, my Rankings are: 2nd (#99), 3rd (#94), 4th (#97), and 5th (#96). Why oh why did they all have to come out in the same year? Each one of them could have won the top spot, that’s for sure.

      “As for Bruce, my favorite Bat – cover is LOTDK Vol. 2 # 5, because it suggests that this time Bullock will be the protagonist, and I love when a supporting character upstages the leading one.”
      My runner-up goes to #2’s twisted and creepy Joker as Batman cover. That smiley face bat-logo is an awesome modification and that Crisis in Identity is the perfect caption.

      “By the way, I own LOTDK Special # 1, and I remember it was great. I do suggest you to read it if you haven’t.”
      I have not had the pleasure but thank you for the recommendation along with providing your picks!

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