With Daredevil #30, writer Mark Waid, artist Chris Samnee, and colorist Javier Rodriguez bring us a good old fashioned done-in-one team-up story featuring Daredevil and……. the Silver Surfer?! Yeah, Silver Surfer.
It’s a testament to the writing prowess of Mark Waid that an issue featuring the Silver Surfer hunting down an intergalactic fugitive throughout the streets of Hell’s Kitchen could even work. At his core, Daredevil is a street level character. He fights thugs who someone escape the legal system. Fighting cosmic threats who can lie and deceive any species in the known universe isn’t exactly in Matt Murdock’s wheelhouse, yet somehow Mark Waid still nails it. Craftily, Waid even manages to relate Daredevil’s radar sense and how the Silver Surfer views through the Power Cosmic. As much as I dislike the idea of the “jumping on-point”, this issue is incredibly new reader friendly. It’s a quick one shot story, but does plant some seeds that might affect Matt’s love life going forward, even though we all know Daredevil isn’t the luckiest when it comes to women. Not to mention, anytime a comic has Silver Surfer screaming “TO ME, MY BOARD!” instantly has my money.
I’ll be honest up front: Chris Samnee is my favorite artist in the comic book industry right now. He manages to stuff so much detail into every single panel that it’s almost mind boggling. Whether it’s the detail of some graffiti painted on a subway track or the intricate detailing done on the grating of a semi-truck, Samnee’s art is amazingly detailed. Samnee’s art also really gives a deep sense of levity to the book. Daredevil was once all about grim and gritty teeth gnashing faces, but with this series we actually get to see Matt Murdock smiling and riding on the Silver Surfer’s surfboard. Speaking of the Surfer, Samnee even manages to make one of Marvel’s most expressionless characters seem to have some, well, character through his stoic poses and frustrated face. There’s a reason why he one an Eisner for this work.
Colorist Javier Rodriguez also really helps to bring this issue to another level. His bright, popping colors really contrast well with Samnee’s heavy inks, which perfectly represent the lighting in a city lit up mainly by street lamps and headlights.
All-in-all, Daredevil #30 proves how Daredevil, a character swamped with a dark depressing history, is now one of the most fun comics on the shelves right now and is a must buy month after month.
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