DAREDEVIL #20

Review by: TheNextChampion

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Story by Mark Waid
Art by Chris Samnee
Colors by Javier Rodriguez
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Paolo Rivera

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

(If you read this review right after my review of Indestructible Hulk then congratulations! You’ll be reading more of me praising Mark Waid.)

Can we just say for the record that Mark Waid can be one fucked up person? When he wants to be I mean. We know that thanks to series like Irredeemable where he showcases his nasty side. For the most part, this run of Daredevil has been more swashbuckling then ‘grim and gritty’. But once in a while Mr. Waid wants to show his nasty side whenever he can. Case in point this recent issue of Daredevil.

There’s a moment in this particular issue that is down right disturbing. It’s not even ‘laugh because it is so dark’ type of disturbing. I was really uncomfortable when the character Coyote shows what is closet. It is one of the most fucked up things I’ve seen in a long time and god knows how Mr. Waid can sleep at night. Apart from that moment, this entire issue was a fun ride. Yes, there is some major bullshit going on with how Murdock is able to get himself out of his predicament and yet I don’t seem to care. This comic is just fun to read and when it isn’t fucked up it is how an old school comic Marvel used to publish. I hope we get to learn more about this Coyote guy though, cause since he isn’t who we thought he was now I wanna know more about him.

Chris Samnee is still hit or miss with me on this series but today it was all ‘hit’. Maybe Samnee is just better at drawing Daredevil in a more darker situation then he has been lately. Cause the usual problems I’ve seen since he took over such as thick lines or uneven character models. His model for Coyote is pretty unnerving to look at and he also handles a lot of the gruesome aspects of this issue very well. I’ll never look at drug smugglers the same way again thanks to the powers of ‘The Spot’. Also, the fucked up moment I am avoiding spoilers for? Even more so thanks to how Samnee draws it. But hey, at least we got a series of funny images of floating head throughout the issue to balance out the disturbing moments.

This issue brings back the series into top form in my opinion. Mark Waid is able to dish out some truly terrifying moments but still adds in the usual flare he has brought to Daredevil since the first issue. Also, Chris Samnee brings his A game for this series and it is the best issue he’s done to date. While it is a great issue all around I will mainly remember this for being one of the most unsettling issues of comics for 2012. Take that for what it’s worth.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent

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