There’s a saying in my country that goes something like “no wait is too long if the wait is worthwhile.” I’m not sure I’d agree with that (customer service representatives take note), but I will say that Daredevil #506 was well worth the wait, and was a very satisfying read.
Three things stand out in my memory after reading this issue, the first one being the massive shocker at the end of the issue (that I won’t reveal here) which I find both riveting and mildly disconcerting – in that I didn’t see it coming and must now dig out all of my previous issues to see if I can trace it back to its roots. Huge twist coming your way if you haven’t read this issue yet!
The two other things are Marco Checchetto’s absolutely beautiful art which, paired with Hollingsworth’s colors paint scenes both real and imagined in such rich detail as to almost jump off the page, and the return of Matt Murdock to the center stage of his own book.
Perhaps this third point might strike people as strange in that Matt – whether in and out of costume – is quite clearly the focus of the book. But, as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve felt that Matt’s thoughts and perspective have been absent as of late, and that’s one of the few things I’ve missed during Diggle’s (and, for the time being, Johnston’s) run. In this issue we get to go inside his head a little more, learn more about his motivations and even enjoy an intimate and very vulnerable moment with the main character.
The intrigue continues and deepens from the previous issue and Matt and Bakuto become strange and reluctant bedfellows. Matt’s deep-rooted sense of decency makes sure that he will always be ready to protect even his enemies from harm whereas Bakuto’s paranoia leads him to suspect the one person who is trying to protect him.
With the final reveal at the end, it becomes clear to the reader that Matt is in a massive amount trouble, but there are still many loose ends to tie up and the mystery at the bottom of it all is far from solved. Next issue should be very interesting indeed, and Daredevil #506 is definitely my favorite issue of Diggle’s run so far. Nice going guys!