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Daredevil #18 Review

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Someone that Daredevil used to know returns, much to Matt's surprise in the latest issue of DAREDEVIL.

The Good

Things just can't be easy for Matt Murdock, can they? Just when he thinks he's gotten things together and figured things out, everything in his life takes a turn. Everything gets flipped on its head. This is such a fantastic comic. Combined, the awesome talents of artist Chris Samnee and the great interpretation of Daredevil's character by Mark Waid make this a comic that you really don't want to miss out on. Add this to the already fantastic work on DAREDEVIL by Mark Waid.

The last time we saw Matt things were not looking good for him whatsoever, particularly in his best friend relationship department. Since the start of this series the relationship between Matt and his closest comrade Foggy Nelson have gradually been heading south, and the latest issue proves that things may have just hit rock bottom. I think one of the great things about this series is that Waid has managed to merge his own take on the character and create new stories with Matt at the center, but still reference many of the events and experiences Matt has endured in his past. He was gone for a while and had to figure things out after the events of Shadowland, and that's something that has been constantly on the horizon of this series. It's not a series of events that Waid has disregarded.

The friendship between Matt and Foggy is definitely at the center of this issue which I think is really important to the future of the direction of this series. What will happen to them? Will they be able to bounce back from this? And more importantly, what the heck is going on with Matt? Is he sabotaging himself, or is he the victim of a crazy set-up? Since around issue #9 Waid has been dropping some clues for readers about some things that are happening to Daredevil. This issue clears a lot of things up for the reader; we begin to get a better idea of what is happening to the character.

I love Samnee's art in this issue, I think it's just stunning. I personally find him to be so talented and the perfect compliment to this series. He is great at setting up a scene and drawing the focus to a character's specific features at the most appropriate times. It's really beautifully drawn,

The Bad

This is yet another brilliant issue of DAREDEVIL.

The Verdict

This is not a bad place to start reading if you are not familiar with the book because it sets the stage for things to come. It reinforces the state of the relationship between Matt and Foggy, Matt's new girlfriend and a mysterious figure from Matt's past. This is a great place to jump on board if you haven't been reading. Like all previous issue, this one is easy to read and digest and will keep you entertained throughout. Great art, story, pacing and themes make this another awesome issue.

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Posted by McKlayn

i just finished reading this issue, it was all that you said and more. Great from cover to cover strongly suggest it to anyone

Posted by JonesDeini

Man Foggy's being a prick right now...but hey, I suppose there's only so much a guy can take. Honestly it seems like all the craziness has actually affected him more than Matt. Samnee's bodying the art though. Glad he's getting to draw Matt in costume more!

Posted by longbowhunter

This was one of only two comics I bought this week. But it's a clear case of quality over quantity because this was awesome. I'm excited to see who's pulling the strings in Matt's life. I about flipped when I saw Milla in this comic. Also can't wait to find out more on the mysterious Hierra death case.

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Posted by TheGardener

Awesome review. Daredevil has always and will always be my favourite comic character of all time. Just when I think Mark Waid can't top himself, he proves me wrong. I'm so glad to see hornhead getting so much love :D

Posted by Pbott

best issue yet of an otherwise disappointing and overrated run.

Posted by sparty-dbq

"Someone that Daredevil used to know returns, much to Matt's surprise in the latest issue of DAREDEVIL."

Great, now that song's going to be stuck in my head all day.

Posted by mosnterduc1000

@Pbott: WOW!!! What planet are you living on. The only fault with DD right now is the art which is only decent. I miss Maleev, Lark, Del la Torre and Rivera =)

Posted by The Mast

Waid is doing amazing things with Daredevil. There's an impending sense of psychotic dread that has been building for a while now.

The only element of his run I wasn't thrilled with was the kidnapping/losing senses arc, but even then the concept was well-handled. Waid is one of the best writers to handle Matt. Ever.

Posted by Vance Astro
@mosnterduc1000 said:

@Pbott: WOW!!! What planet are you living on. The only fault with DD right now is the art which is only decent. I miss Maleev, Lark, Del la Torre and Rivera =)

@The Mast said:

Waid is doing amazing things with Daredevil. There's an impending sense of psychotic dread that has been building for a while now.

The only element of his run I wasn't thrilled with was the kidnapping/losing senses arc, but even then the concept was well-handled. Waid is one of the best writers to handle Matt. Ever.

Glad to see that some people appreciate current Daredevil as most posts i've seen regarding it have been negative and some people even claim that Waid took away what was unique about Daredevil.
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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Vance Astro said:
@mosnterduc1000 said:

@Pbott: WOW!!! What planet are you living on. The only fault with DD right now is the art which is only decent. I miss Maleev, Lark, Del la Torre and Rivera =)

@The Mast said:

Waid is doing amazing things with Daredevil. There's an impending sense of psychotic dread that has been building for a while now.

The only element of his run I wasn't thrilled with was the kidnapping/losing senses arc, but even then the concept was well-handled. Waid is one of the best writers to handle Matt. Ever.

Glad to see that some people appreciate current Daredevil as most posts i've seen regarding it have been negative and some people even claim that Waid took away what was unique about Daredevil.
he did
Posted by Vance Astro
@Jonny_Anonymous said:
he did
He really didn't.
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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Vance Astro said:
@Jonny_Anonymous said:
he did
He really didn't.
I disagree 
Posted by daredevil21134

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@Vance Astro said:
@Jonny_Anonymous said:
he did
He really didn't.
I disagree

I love DD to death.I just hate Mark Waid's series lol.

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Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Read it and it was very enjoyable :) Can't wait for Coyote to show up :)

Posted by The Mast

Ok, so...I have two requests.

1. Can you guys specifically lay out what it is about Waid's run that you dislike?

I'm not going to say you're wrong, but I am so curious as to what he has done that has caused such backlash. I will be able to tell if they are legit concerns as opposed to simply anti-hype bandwagonning.

2. How has he taken away what was/is unique about Daredevil?

I ask because I am a Daredevil reader of 20 years, and I'm not seeing half the complaints you people are making. It seems that short-term readers forget, or don't even know, that this happy-go-lucky Matt was the one that existed before life decided to sodomise everything he loved. So, it makes sense that this is the Matt we're seeing when in denial. Granted, it's seemingly a fake front, but it's character-accurate.

The brooding, dark, Batdevil was basically what he became after he went through endless trauma. Whilst I do love me some Miller/O'Neil/Bendis/Brubaker Daredevil, it's not the ONLY Daredevil.