So I wanted to try something a little different with this one. Sometimes I come up with ideas that work better as a series of comics instead of just four panels, and I shy away from them because it’s way too much drawing and will ultimately be a giant pain in the ass. This was my attempt to test out a minimalist, “sketchy” style of art for those types of ideas. I think there’s a ways to go yet before I’ve got it perfect, but I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.

Now then: anyone else watching Daredevil on Netflix? I’m loving it so far. However, Episode 7 (“Stick”) was an odd one. I think that in general, the show was really smart to take a lot of influence from Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil, as it sets a very specific tone that makes it unique from the rest of Marvel’s stuff. That said, any adaptation of Frank Miller runs the risk of incorporating the batshit-crazier aspects of his style, such as really overt sexism, xenophobia, hilariously exaggerated machismo, etc. The show seems to be aware of this, and has crammed all that insanity into the character of Stick, whom Miller created in the first place. On the show, he’s basically a Frank Miller stand-in: a crotchety old white guy using a samurai sword to fight hordes of nameless Japanese people while spouting off about how women are distractions and how Daredevil is a born warrior and “the last of the Spartans” (that line in particular is what makes me think the show is in on the joke). He’s honestly a really accurate representation of the character, because all Frank Miller’s characters tend to be Frank Miller stand-ins anyway.

What’s great is that it works. It compartmentalizes all that insanity into one character, and then the show lets us hate that character. We see him from Matt’s perspective, as a guy who Daredevil owes a whole lot to, but is still kind of a giant asshole (again, how friggin’ meta is that??). It’s pretty brilliant.