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Daredevil #17 - The Great Divide Review

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Mark Waid, Mike Allred and Laura Allred on DAREDEVIL. What more could I ask for?

The Good

The issue I've been waiting for is finally here. Mike and Laura Allred jump on board Mark Waid's great run of DAREDEVIL for one issue. Since Waid has taken over this series, we've not only been treated to some phenomenal stories but we've been treated to a bevy of great artists as well.

The beauty of this issue is while it does continue directly from last issues shocking conclusion, it also serves a great stand alone issue as well. In other words, we get a bit of a flashback that further enhances the relationship and development of characters that have existed for so long.

Whether it's scenes of Matt and Foggy arguing in an office (with the subtle sway of Matt's tie) or an attack by Stilt-Man, there's so much fun packed in and surrounded by action. Mike Allred's art always manages to capture a slight classic feel but it's taken to another level with Laura Alred's colors that make each panel pop off the page.

Waid never ceases to amaze with a story that isn't necessarily earth-shattering for Daredevil but the way he tells it makes it stand out. This will stand as one of my favorite single story issues of the year.

The Bad

It is a one shot story. There is a flashback. Is it crucial to the overall series? Only if you like really cool, fun and entertaining comics.

The Verdict

Marvel is continuing to make DAREDEVIL a great comic month after month. With Mike and Laura Allred coming on board for one issue, we get another great artistic team to add to the incredible list of artist and colorists that have already worked on the series. I don't know how Mark Waid does it but he manages to get great artist after great artist to illustrate his stories. The issue does continue from last month but also serves as a (really really good) self-contained story. You can easily jump here and have a blast reading. This is what I want from comics. I don't need some humongous comic story set out to be the most epic thing ever. Just give me a fun and great story with amazing art so I can sit back and remember why I love comic books so much. Reading comics like this is why I love my job.

18 Comments
Edited by xAnimosity

"It is a one shot story. There is a flashback. Is it crucial to the overall series? Only if you like really cool, fun and entertaining comics."

Best thing I have read all day hahaha

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Remender, Rucka or David Liss

Posted by kennybaese

I'm not reading this series mostly for budgetary reasons, but I just read an iZombie trade and am feeling some more Allred. I think I'mma track this issue down.

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Posted by Mucklefluga

The God Damn Budget stops me from buying this :(

Posted by jinxuandi

God I love this series. It's original, thought-provoking and doesn't engage in tired, modern dark/gritty tropes, all while being restricted to using a classic character as its protagonist.

Posted by Pbott

Solid issue, but I still wish marvel would relaunch this title as apart of Marvel now with someone like Rucka, because while its an ok book it should not even be mentioned with Bendis's and Brubaker's runs.

Posted by longbowhunter

Mike Allred and Stilt Man. Doesn't get any better than that. I love the line "I wish you could see the nonsense I deal with". Matt's response, "So do I".

Posted by RedOwl_1

This issue was a strong reminder of why I love this series so far.

Posted by G-Man

Also, Allred will be doing WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #17. Hot Damn!!

Posted by sparty-dbq
This may be pointless nit-picking, but when Matt was strapped into the memory-viewer-thingamabob, why did he see himself from across the ring? Wouldn't you think it would be a first person view from his perspective?
Posted by zackattack529

this was a biased review hahaha

but it was a good issue :)

Posted by JonesDeini

@sparty-dbq said:

This may be pointless nit-picking, but when Matt was strapped into the memory-viewer-thingamabob, why did he see himself from across the ring? Wouldn't you think it would be a first person view from his perspective?

It's not a memory viewer. He was watching the videotape that was on Foggy's desk, folk.

Posted by CombatSpoon86

Why did Allred have to draw just a one shot issue ;p

Posted by Teerack

Easily the worst issue of this series, and the new art is disgusting.

Posted by batmite0178

I may be mistaken but I'm pretty sure he was watching a video tape.

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

@G-Man said:

Also, Allred will be doing WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #17. Hot Damn!!

Why does the cover and everywhere else say that Jorge Molina is doing art for issue 16 and 17?

Posted by daredevil21134

@Pbott said:

Solid issue, but I still wish marvel would relaunch this title as apart of Marvel now with someone like Rucka, because while its an ok book it should not even be mentioned with Bendis's and Brubaker's runs.

so true

Posted by daredevil21134

@daredevil21134 said:

@Pbott said:

Solid issue, but I still wish marvel would relaunch this title as apart of Marvel now with someone like Rucka, because while its an ok book it should not even be mentioned with Bendis's and Brubaker's runs.

so true

I don't like Mark Waid's run