To nobody’s surprise, Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, and Javier Rodriguez prove that Daredevil is still the best superhero book on the market. Daredevil #31 has it all: comedy, suspense, action, drama. It’s insane that one single issue can hit so many different emotional beats.
In a time when many comics are written to be read better in trade format, Mark Waid gives a masterclass on how to write a perfect single issue. The story centers on the terrorist group, known as the Sons of the Serpent, starting a city-wide riot initiated by the Jester. Waid throws Daredevil right into the raucous crowd, which plays perfectly to all of his weaknesses specifically the intense sounds of a city engulfed in mayhem. Waid knows Daredevil’s strengths and weaknesses so well, and works them together to create an amazing book. The riot throughout the city is caused by the not-guilty verdict of a case very similar to the infamous Trayvon Martin case which concluded this past summer. With such a political and touchy topic, the writing has the chance to come off as preachy, but Waid deftly handles the subject displaying the story squarely without leaning to a specific side of the matter. Grounding this main story is the ongoing relationship between Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson. Daredevil may be the superhero of this series, but the real hero is Foggy. Waid proves, through Foggy’s fight to overcome cancer, that you don’t need super radar senses or a bright spandex costume to be a true hero. The final page comes out of nowhere, truly surprising the reader, and leaves them hanging on with bated breath until next month.
Chris Samnee, once again, is the epitome of perfection for this book. Seeing Daredevil swing through the streets of Manhattan, you can visualize the kinetic energy with each swing of his Billy Club. At one point, Daredevil kicks a falling garbage can away from a police officer and for the first time in my life I thought “Wow. That is some pretty gorgeous garbage.” Every character Samnee draws is distinct in the issue. Waid introduces the courthouse jury of the aforementioned trial and each juror is easily distinguishable from the next. Each character has their own distinct feel and Samnee’s ability to draw detailed clothing so well also helps the character design variety. Javier Rodriguez is the real star of this issue. All of his vibrant colors pop, which contrasts amazingly with Samnee’s dark and heavy inks. Whenever Daredevil appears on panel, the intensely bright reds automatically draw the reader’s eye to the Man Without Fear. In fact, Rodriguez only uses that intense red when coloring Daredevil, whereas all of the other red hues throughout the issue are much more watered down, which brings significant emphasis whenever Hornhead is on the page. For a book about a man who is blind, the art team on Daredevil makes this a book that must be seen.
Month after month, the creative team on Daredevil make this a book that will be talked about for years to come.
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