DAREDEVIL #18

Review by: JGLJR89

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Story by Mark Waid
Art by Chris Samnee
Cover by Paolo Rivera

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

While this issue of Daredevil provides a really solid jumping on point for new readers, if you haven’t read the last 17 issues, I highly recommend you do so for your own pleasure. If you’ve been anywhere near comics or the comics media for the last year or so, you’ve no doubt heard at least one person (probably closer to 27) singing the praises of this book. I assure you they’re not exaggerating.

Issue #18, sporting an Eisner Award Winner logo on the cover, does nothing to dissuade from the critical acclaim heaped on this title. From issue #1 writer, Mark Waid, made the conscience decision to go against the brooding, tortured Daredevil that’s been the star of the book since Frank Miller came aboard as writer 31 years ago. In a stroke of genius, Waid had Matt Murdock make the same decision for himself. It wasn’t that the demons that plagued him were no longer there, but he refused give into them, barely acknowledging them. Those demons seem not to care if Matt acknowledges them or not; they’re showing up anyway. From Matt’s falling out with long time friend, Foggy Neslon, and the dissolution of their law partnership to the inexplicable character that may or may not have shown back up into Matt’s life, there’s no rest for the weary and possible unhinged. It seems someone is out to get Ol’ Hornhead and is using his past against him.

While it was a shame to see artists Marco Martin and now Palo Rivera leave the book, Chris Samnee is utterly capable of filling the clown shoes they left behind. Samnee’s art is completely charming, and I don’t mean that in an overly cutesy or cloying way. Regardless of what is being depicted, be it a beautiful woman or a drained corpse, Samnee’s art remains pleasing to the eye. Crisp lines, that bring a sense of realism to what could be cartoony.

Seriously, if you’re not reading this book go ahead and start with this issue. I mean, aren’t you tired of all your comic buying friends telling you you should?

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

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