Daredevil: The Man Without Fear Explained

What Makes Daredevil: The Man Without Fear So Good?

First introduced by Stan Lee and Bill Everett in 1964, Matt Murdock – AKA Daredevil, “the man without fear” – started out as your run-of-the-mill 1960s smart alec hero. Despite being a blind lawyer (a typically simple yet brilliant Stan Lee concept – justice is blind, y’see?), Daredevil lacked a reason for being. As the … Read more

Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle Review

Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle Review | Sidetracked Comics

In the foreword to Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle, Marvel Italia editor Massimiliano Brighel writes: “I have a feeling that Stan Lee would have liked this story”. It’s easy to see where he’s coming from. The concept is disarmingly fun: a telephone game where seven writers took turns to script a chapter before handing the story … Read more

Baron Zemo’s Thunderbolts Explained

Baron Zemo's Thunderbolts Explained | Sidetracked Comics

By late 1997, Marvel Comics needed some new superheroes. The Avengers and Fantastic Four had all seemingly died in battle during the Onslaught event, a company-wide crossover that had spiralled out of the X-Men comics. Of course, this being comics, no-one ever really dies – but Heroes Reborn is definitely an article for another day. … Read more

Spider-Man: Life Story Review

Spider-Man: Life Story | Sidetracked Comics

The problem with reading comics in trade paperback is that the stories are available as single issues for months before the collected version is available. This makes visiting comic book news sites while avoiding spoilers a risky proposition – and that risk increases when it’s a high-profile book that you’re really excited to read. As … Read more