Hey gang! Just a quick review of the last issue of Daredevil. This came out weeks ago and, to be honest, I completely missed it. Pretty unforgivable for someone who runs a Daredevil blog, but I’ve been preoccupied with the Netflix show (season two is now less than nine days away!), and just life in general. As I mentioned in my last review, I also haven’t really found myself as emotionally invested in this run as I would have liked thus far. I still maintain that we’re dealing with a very well-crafted product, but it’s like listening to classical music. I can appreciate the skill that went into the composition, and it’s beauty, it just doesn’t make me want to get up and dance.
When I admitted on Twitter that I had yet to read the most recent issue, several of you mentioned that you enjoyed Daredevil #4 and felt that the story was starting to pick up speed. I definitely agree with this. This is a well-paced issue with plenty of intrigue and plenty of Daredevil being Daredevil. The inclusion of Captain America helps tether this story to the larger Marvel Universe, which feels like something we needed after the rather jarring shift in tones between volumes four and five.
This issue also provides some valuable character progression for Blindspot, for whom the conflict with Tenfingers hits very close to home. As for Tenfingers, he too sees another few layers added to his character, and the conversation between him and Matt cleverly plays with the notion that truth in religion is very subjective. Soule also uses this insight to shine a light on Matt’s own motivations for using his powers for good.
This issue, Ron Garney gets some assistance from Goran Sudžuka on art duties. The art continues to impress, and this may have been the best issue yet in this regard. I may even be getting used to Matt Milla’s limited color palette.
One thing that needs to be said though is this: What on Earth is up with the radar sense in this run? I know some of you – obviously knowing me – had been expecting me to bring this up sooner, but I honestly didn’t think that the shots of Blindspot (while invisible) in previous issues were actually supposed to be Matt’s radar perspective. I thought that was an artistic way of giving the reader an infrared view of Blindspot. I couldn’t even fathom that it was supposed to represent the radar, simply because that seemed ludicrous.
In this issue, we actually have a radar panel (see below) that seems to suggest he can almost read the “DYNAMITE – DANGEROUS” on the sticks of dynamite. And, how on Earth is there more variation in color in the radar panels than in the ones representing the standard view? Based on what happens on the next page, the radar panel even seems richer in detail. This state of affairs leaves me absolutely flabbergasted, and I desperately hope that the arts team will reconsider their approach.
So aside from the radar (I’ll get over it, maybe…) and the unsettling feeling that Matt may have used magical means to erase everybody’s memories, this run is starting to feel like it’s starting to hit its stride. I promise I won’t miss getting the next issue up on time! 😉