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Daredevil #23 Review

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Writer Mark Waid draws the focus back to the relationship between Foggy and Matt.

The Good

Brace yourself, this one's a tear jerker. One of the great things about this series is the consistency. When I think about the last 23 issues of DAREDEVIL I can honestly say that there has not been one issue I haven't enjoyed. This issue of DAREDEVIL is no different. Waid opens the issue by drawing a parallel between the events that led to Matt becoming Daredevil as a young boy, and to a science experiment that has recreated the toxin and driven people mad. The question remains, who is behind these experiments? It is obvious, based on this issue, that someone is targeting Daredevil by committing crimes that speak directly to him, and this has been the overarching theme throughout this series. Someone has it out for Matt, and it will be interesting to find out who.

Waid also balances the telling of a compelling overall story with a very personal one. This issue draws the focus away from crime-fighting and focuses instead on the foundation of the relationship between Matt and Foggy. What do these two characters mean to one another?

One of the things I enjoyed was seeing Foggy throw caution to the wind a bit and see the world from Matt's perspective for once. I think that this moment really digs deep into the relationship between these two characters and it also delves into what is currently happening in Foggy's life. The focus here is definitely on friendship, and for that reason this is a truly beautiful issue. It's also really great to see Waid let the artist, Chris Samnee, tell so much of the story particularly towards the end.

The Bad

Some of the pacing felt a tiny bit off, as though the comic felt a bit rushed towards the end. In the scene where we see Foggy looking at the clock waiting for Matt there could have been a little bit more suspense in that scene. Will Matt make it or will he let Foggy down again? It may have been the layout of the sequence of panels in that scene that I think could have been better executed.

The Verdict

Overall, this is another really wonderful issue of DAREDEVIL and one that will leave you feeling a little bit sad, particularly if you are heavily invested in these characters. This issue features some great dialogue and equally great art from Chris Samnee. I love that Mark Waid uses silence in scenes where it counts, allowing the artist to tell the story for him. There were some parts that felt a bit rushed, but overall this was a great issue.

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Posted by HollowPrince665

Man....I am looking for this book to have a bad issue, and there hasn't been one. I loved this issue. I hope that we'll see another #12 and have a whole issue dedicated to just Matt and Foggy. I'm sad to see him suffer in this way, as I've seen it in real life, but I think that Mark has done a great job with this book thus far and trust his judgement. (On a side note...anyone know if the new Rocketeer series will pick up where Waid left off?)

Posted by TheAcidSkull

this was an amazing issue, i loved it!

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Posted by dreamfall31

Daredevil continues to be my favorite series! Batman is cool, but Daredevil has always been my favorite character!

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Cant wait to get on this issue!!!!

Posted by Gambit1024

Easily the best issue of the week, and possibly my favorite of Waid's run

Posted by Trevel8182

You know I would really like a page in the back explaining what's up with Daredevils billy club/Walking Stick like what's up with that thing.

Edited by The Mast

I cried.

I don't know if it's because of personal history with the disease, or because, like a family member...these two characters have been with me since I was a kid, but it REALLY killed me.

What I did find to be weird was:

Matt not being able to tell the heartbeats apart. He should've known whose was which. That kinda bugged me.

Besides that, just an amazing issue.

Posted by krexxxx4

I'm being really picky here, but how does Matt text on a touch screen smartphone? In previous issues he still had a flip phone and I thought that was pure genius, I kinda want to see it back again lol

Posted by Gambit1024

@The Mast said:

Matt not being able to tell the heartbeats apart. He should've known whose was which. That kinda bugged me.

The explanation I can come up with was that he was so confident, that he didn't feel the need to concentrate on it in that brief heat of the moment.

Posted by sparty-dbq

Tonight, on a very special Daredevil...

Posted by Vance Astro
@Gambit1024 said:

@The Mast said:

Matt not being able to tell the heartbeats apart. He should've known whose was which. That kinda bugged me.

The explanation I can come up with was that he was so confident, that he didn't feel the need to concentrate on it in that brief heat of the moment.

I don't think he has a choice because of the way his abilities work.
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Posted by Gambit1024

@Vance Astro said:

@Gambit1024 said:

@The Mast said:

Matt not being able to tell the heartbeats apart. He should've known whose was which. That kinda bugged me.

The explanation I can come up with was that he was so confident, that he didn't feel the need to concentrate on it in that brief heat of the moment.

I don't think he has a choice because of the way his abilities work.

I dunno, just a theory. To be honest, I would've thought that he'd've unconsciously found a way to tune some things out this far into his career. But then again, that'd be kind of dumb.

Posted by longbowhunter

Really felt for Foggy at the end of the issue. From Matt's standpoint he must feel helpless. How does a superhero save someone from cancer?

Posted by Owie

@Gambit1024 said:

@Vance Astro said:

@Gambit1024 said:

@The Mast said:

Matt not being able to tell the heartbeats apart. He should've known whose was which. That kinda bugged me.

The explanation I can come up with was that he was so confident, that he didn't feel the need to concentrate on it in that brief heat of the moment.

I don't think he has a choice because of the way his abilities work.

I dunno, just a theory. To be honest, I would've thought that he'd've unconsciously found a way to tune some things out this far into his career. But then again, that'd be kind of dumb.

I thought it was weird too. I took it to maybe mean that Matt's senses were affected by all the radioactive goo from the other guys he was fighting.

Posted by KnightofSteel

I've officially hopped onboard this title. Samnee's art used to be a hard sell for me as I always felt his style wasn't "dark" enough for Daredevil (I grew up on the Miller, Janson, Mazzuchelli, Maleev DD comics). But after reading this issue, I can see why people are digging the series. And Waid never disappoints.

It seems there's more to this book than "the art doesn't suit it". A lot more. Looking forward to the next issue!