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Daredevil #18 Review

Writer: Mark Waid

Art: Chris Samnee

Review by David Short

The dream team is back! Chris Samnee makes his return to Daredevil, and Mark Waid continues to pen story that will make it everyone’s “Top 10 Daredevil Run’s” list in the future. What Waid is doing is twisted for both Matt Murdock and for the reader. We have bought in whole heartedly to Waid’s let Daredevil win concept, and now he’s messing with our heads.

Things pick up with Foggy and Matt still at odds. Their relationship is in shambles quite frankly, and it pains me to see it. It’s like if Gonzo and Rizzo were to part ways. I- I don’t even want to think about that. Each going about their own business, Matt and Foggy are both heading into some deep water. Foggy is probably taking on more than he can chew, and we saw in the previous issue how that worked out for him. On the other hand, somebody is messing with Daredevil hardcore. We still don’t know who, but it’s dark and sick nonetheless.

The book is fairly light on action, but it’s not a bad thing at all. The story Waid is building is phenomenal. It’s gripping, and I have no clue where we are headed. It’s a perfect mix of street level sleuthing, and emotional punches to the gut. Even when there are bullets flying around, Waid is able to make things more than they appear and continue to add depth to the story.

I honestly can’t get enough of Chris Samnee’s work.  He’s opened me up to a style of art that I never would have thought I would have an affinity for. His bold lines, old-school style, and simplicity are just gorgeous. Though simplicity can be viewed negatively, I can assure you there is nothing else needed on his pages. He is able to convey exactly what the story calls for, there just isn’t a bunch of clutter around it—which is great because it keeps your eyes focused on what needs to be seen rather than get lost in all the different things going on in a panel. His style may be very different, but the quality of work he produces is up there with the best of the industry.

Verdict

Every month you hear about Daredevil on the podcast. Every issue has had a positive review. Guess what? Mark Waid and Chris Samnee don’t look to be letting up any time soon. This is a must buy, and may just be the best super hero book on the shelves.

5 Responses

  1. RepStones

    Really loving this run. As you say, good to have Mr Samnee back on pencils duty here. His retro tone is really sumptuous to look at, panel layouts are refreshingly tidy and clean. None of the fancy cross-cutting and merging that so many artists are fond of these days. Which also helps to add to the old school feel of his work. Also worth mentioning the colours of Javier Rodriguez. I particularly love his cityscape tones. Beautiful bluey green hues, just gorgeous to look at.

    Waid is ratcheting up one hell of a whodunnit here. The breakdown in friendship between Matt and Foggy feels organic and not forced as happens very often in these ‘friends fall out’ story-lines. Waid teases us with the possibility that Daredevil may be losing his mind which adds depth to an already fantastic plot as it feeds into the disintegrating relationship with Foggy.

    I’m a big fan of pulpy norish comics (Fatale, The Shadow) and the team of Waid and Samnee have brought that look and feel to this title. Daredevil being a street-level superhero is always best when he’s zipping through Hells kitchen on a case of his own, as I think he very often gets swamped out when he appears in the bigger titles like the current AvX. Add to Waid’s intriguing whodunnit plot, the art of Samnee with his reto style and this feels like a good pulpy book of yesteryear. If you’re not onboard, you better have an almighty excuse.

  2. RepStones

    By the way, i forgot to add, the covers for Daredevil this run have been one of the most consistently great of any title on the shelves.

  3. speederice

    As a new reader to DD (started with the Latveria escape issue), I really appreciate the way this book is written. It’s new-reader friendly and there is really no excuse for people to miss it. I don’t know the entire history of Matt and Foggy, but even a newbie like me can feel the weight of the strained relationship. Excited for what happens next!

    • David Short

      I couldn’t agree more. I started on issue 14, which was in the middle of an arc, and I felt right at home. Waid does such a good job, and it’s why I tell people who want to read it to just jump on.

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