My apologies for the extreme delay in getting this post up. I ended up having to switch gears at work a couple of weeks back. It’s all good though, I’m having more fun than I’ve had in ages, but needed to play some initial catch-up!
Daredevil #12 contains the kind of twist that encourages you to go back to the previous issue to double-check whether there were any signs pointing us in the direction of the revelation in question. I did, and found none. I can’t quite decide whether this is necessarily bad (or good), but it is certainly a more accurate reflection of real life. Life throws your curve balls all the time.
In this issue the more interesting scenes, in my opinion, deal with Matt’s reaction to being blind-sided (no pun intended). It raises interesting questions about how much he depends on his usual means of doing things, specifically detecting deceit. If you’re used to having a nearly infallible ability to detect when people are lying, hedging or hesitating, you might stop listening to other the other clues that might inform your intuition.
The biggest strength of this issue is the magnificent artwork by Chris Samnee and colorist Matt Wilson. Because the issue is so heavy on the action, much of the enjoyment comes from the amount of energy and motion that is injected into each and every panel. The extreme setting – the Golden Gate bridge and an honest to goodness car chase – help make things interesting, but then the challenge becomes making sure the reader can follow along through all the twists and turns. The story was never difficult to follow, though I must admit some of the more extreme tricks, such as Daredevil tipping a car on its side, did stretch credulity a little too much for my liking. 😉
In my opinion, this was not one of the stronger issues of volume four. Gorgeous and riveting? Absolutely, but a little too much of one thing for my particular taste. However, I really like what Waid and Samnee are doing with Kirsten McDuffie. People always tend to be divided over whomever Matt is dating (an interesting topic for another post), but I’ve been a fan of her character since at least Daredevil #12 (vol 3), and enjoy seeing her fleshed out a bit more, and becoming a major player in Matt’s life.
I also continue to really enjoy Mark Waid’s voice for Matt. This issue opens with Matt thinking to himself: “On occasion, I have to convince people that I’m not suicidal. This will reassure no one.” This is perfectly in line with the sardonic wit that I tend to associate with Daredevil. It’s understated and sarcastic. It’s how I like my jokes.
Speaking of Kirsten, how about that last page? I personally found it cute, and well-timed, and try not to think too much about whether Marvel intends to flip the switch on everything we know and love in the near future (I guess that’s yet another topic for a post).
So, what did you guys think? Let us know in the comments! And I’ll get back to you soon with the latest issue of Superior Iron Man #4 which stirred its own bit of controversy!