Hello, fellow Daredevil fans! Time to review the last installment of Daredevil: Road Warrior #4. I just got an automated email from Marvel a couple of hours ago that read “Subscription Notice: Daredevil: Road Warrior Infinite Comic Has Ended” and I have to admit, it felt a little sad. Peter Krause has done a fantastic job providing the art for this series – beautifully colored by John Kalisz – and he will be missed. I would love to see him on a future project similar to this one. Fortunately, Mark Waid will be back tomorrow, along with regular team mates Chris Samnee, Javier Rodríguez and others, but it will be difficult to go back to reading Daredevil monthly after having been spoiled like this!
My overall impression of Daredevil: Road Warrior #4 is that it provided a really interesting and well-balanced end to this series. There was some concern on my part that, considering where we left off, there wouldn’t be enough room to get to the end without rushing to the finish line, but the pacing was excellent, as is almost always the case with anything plotted by Mark Waid. Really, I should know better than to doubt him at this point, but you always wonder just how he’s going tie up the loose ends.
The previous chapter ended with Daredevil and his new adaptoid look-alike friend arriving at the Mad Thinker’s base of operations. As was very clearly evident to everyone but Matt himself, the odds were not in his favor. The Thinker is presented as a potentially very formidable foe, and the way Daredevil has to manage the situation relies on a great deal of cunning. This is not the first time that Mark Waid has put Matt’s respectable intellect to the test, and I’ve always appreciated seeing him rely on more than acrobatics and heightened senses.
The way this story plays out, and without giving too much away, we also get some insight into how Matt forms attachments to people, and how he views his fellow man. Within the space of a few panels, there are some great heartfelt moments that I thought gave additional weight to the entire storyline.
I would be remiss not to mention the ending. I don’t think I’m giving too much away by revealing that Matt does get reunited with Kirsten, and the way it’s done is pitch perfect. There is a clear sense that, over the months and between panels, Kirsten and Matt have come to know each other quite well, enough so that Kirsten knows what Matt’s preferences are, and makes an effort to show him she cares. And, the simple yet profound thing he asks of her is both very sweet and so very Daredevil at the same time. It was a nice, quiet moment.
I’ve already mentioned that artist Peter Krause will be missed, and I particularly enjoyed his work in these final two chapters. His style has a lightness to it that I really like, and the overall look is beautifully enhanced by Kalisz’s colors. As I mentioned in my previous review, he has a great eye for anatomy and draws a perfect Daredevil.
Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this story as well, and I will see you back here tomorrow!