Daredevil #22 Review – The Die isCast!

First let me start with the obvious statement…if you aren’t reading this book, you should be.

First let me start with the obvious statement…if you aren’t reading this book, you should be.  Since taking over the series (on the heels of epic runs by Brian Michael Bendis and Ed Brubaker) following the abysmal disaster that was “Shadowland”, Mark Waid has quickly crafted what is arguably the best pure superhero book on the stands.  Waid has done a phenomenal job of returning the character to his silver age roots in the spirit of Stan Lee and Gene Colan while fully acknowledging the darker tones of Miller, Bendis and Brubaker.  At his core Daredevil is a swashbuckler and Waid brings that to the forefront of nearly every issue.  This isn’t exactly a great jumping on point, but this is the kind of book that makes it worth both your money and time to start at the beginning of the run.

So, how does this issue stack up?  It’s a solid if unspectacular entry in a stellar series.

By way of a quick recap, events in the previous issues have led those closest to Matt Murdock – specifically Foggy Nelson and D.A. Kirsten McDuffie – to question his sanity and be more than a little concerned that one of the folks swinging around NYC in tights is losing his mind.  In the hopes of peacefully bringing Daredevil/Matt into custody, Kirsten McDuffie enlisted the services of Spiderman at the end of last issue.  The obvious problem – and much to the dismay of our intrepid D.A – this Spiderman is decidedly more Superior than Amazing.  Thankfully, Waid approaches the problem head on and Matt immediately recognizes the odd speech patterns and lack of whimsical banter emanating from our now-not-quite-so-friendly neighborhood wallcrawler.  Most notably with one of the books funniest interactions revolving around the decidedly silver age-y villainous quip “The Die is Cast!”

The issue closes on a excellent conversation/summation of what makes our hero tick, specifically Matt Murdock’s need to keep secrets from those closest to him as a misguided means of personal protection.  Long time readers will know it’s this very trait that has most often been the character’s leading tragic flaw.  In the interests of a hopefully spoiler-free review, I won’t divulge the big reveal in the final panel.  I’ll only say that if handled well, the effects on DD’s world could be monumental and far reaching. I’m more than a little curious what Mr. Waid has up his sleeve with this one.

On a final note, you cannot review the current run of Daredevil without giving a nod to artist Chris Samnee and colorist Javier Rodriguez.  Chris Samnee’s tight lines and clever presentation of Daredevil’s “vision” are amazing as usual and Javier Rodriguez colors really give the series a distinctive feel with some great callbacks to the book’s silver age beginnings.

8.5/10

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Keith is a life long gamer, movie buff, occasional harmonica player, and, most importantly, a comics nerd. Like all the best nerds, Keith is a child of the 80's and 90's and an often loud and vocal advocate of the cartoons of that era (seriously, though, they are unquestionably the best cartoons EVER). He currently resides in New York City with his lovely, if often exasperated wife, Rachel and their two cats, Ollie and Juno.

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