The main Daredevil title is becoming difficult to review. On the one hand, it’s inextricably linked to everything going on in Shadowland, an event I’m finding myself increasingly disenamored with. On the other, it still remains a fairly solid read and so much better than its sibling event title that it’s hard to believe it’s written by the same person. More than anything, I get the feeling that Shadowland might have been much better and much more true to the what we’ve come to expect from Daredevil if the event had simply been a story arc in the character’s own title.
However, despite the uncomfortable fact that Daredevil is now channelling a demonic entity that is somehow spreading its influence across the city (am I the only one who’s reminded of the first Ghostbuster movie?), Daredevil #510 feels remarkably down to Earth – much to my relief – and some of the elements that made this event so exciting initially are once again brought to the forefront. I’m talking specifically about the obvious conflict of interest between the Black Tarantula and White Tiger, the adventures of Foggy and Dakota, as well as the Kingpin reaching out to Daredevil’s friends and allies.
The Black Tarantula is playing a very important role in this issue, as the “straight man” to Daredevil’s escalating insanity (if that is even the proper term for it), and as the sole voice of reason operating inside Shadowland. We also see Typhoid Mary and Elektra in the background and only time will tell what part Elektra, in particular, is setting herself up to play. We also see Detective Kurtz reprising his role as the man on the street with his ear to the ground. Dakota is as kick-ass as ever, but Foggy – displaying an uncharacteristic brand of hysteria – is starting to grate on my nerves a little. We get that he cares about Matt, as he should, but his reaction to everything going on strikes me as a tad irrational.
The issue ends in a cliff-hanger that cleverly sets up the next chapter to this saga, one I expect to be equally riveting. Yes, Daredevil continues to be a solid and exciting read, which is quite an accomplishment in light of the fact that I’m not that emotionally invested in what happens to the main character anymore. It’s a good thing that Diggle and Johnston provide many other well-written familiar faces for the loyal fan to enjoy.
The art, this time by Marco Checchetto, is as good as what we’ve come to expect of this title, whether it’s by Checchetto himself or Roberto de la Torre. Hollingsworth’s colors are, as always, a perfect fit for the mood of this title and gives that perfect sense of consistency and continuity to the title, even with all the big changes to Matt Murdock’s world.