There’s a scene almost halfway through Amazing Spider-Man #677 that has me scratching my head a bit. Maybe it did the same for you. The scene in question is the one where Spider-Man goes to solicit the legal and extra-legal advice of his lawyer (and superhero) friend Matt Murdock, and ends up not only calling him Daredevil in broad daylight but continuing to press the matter after it’s clear that Matt is trying to stick to his “I’m not Daredevil” routine.
I can’t fathom why Spidey 1) wouldn’t stick to proper “fellow costume in civvies” protocol and 2) wouldn’t know that while the word is out there, Matt has legally been cleared of all Daredevil allegations (if that hadn’t been the case he would have been serving a pretty stiff prison sentence for Shadowland right now). This scene bothers me, although it’s also admittedly quite amusing. And, it’s the only questionable scene in an otherwise pitch perfect issue.
Secret identity woes aside, I absolutely loved this issue. The plot is solid enough, with the Black Cat being framed for a crime she didn’t commit (she was with Spider-Man at the time) and Spidey soliciting Daredevil’s help to solve the puzzle and clear her name. The true magic of this issue, however, lies in the details. The banter between Matt and Peter is absolutely spot on, and I loved little details like the two of them discussing the best route to get to the Chrysler building and challenging each other to a chicken race while jumping off a sky scraper. Mark Waid excels in not only reminding readers of why Spidey and DD are so good together, but just how good they can be when done right. Bravo, Mr Waid.
Emma Rios’s art impressed me greatly as well. It’s got a stylized, slightly psychedelic (yes, that’s the word I’m going for) look to it that is much more hit than miss, though there’s a panel here and there that looks ever so slightly off to me. Her greatest achievement this issue is the spectacular scene of our two heroes rushing down the side of the Chrysler building which shows off her knack for portraying movement on the static page. The art has an energy to it that seems just right for these two heroes and the beautiful colors by regular Daredevil colorist Javier Rodriguez make us Daredevil fans feel right at home.
If Daredevil #8, coming out this Wednesday, manages to come even close to this, we’re in for a spectacular finish!