So, I’m admittedly still in a bit of a Daredevil funk (see my previous post). Which is fine. I’ll get over it, and I’m just going to ride it out. With Daredevil #7 coming out tomorrow, I still wanted to put together my thoughts on this month’s issue. I’m not going to call this a review. Reviews should ideally be well thought out, and address all aspects of a comic. They shouldn’t be whatever this is.
First, let’s just get the bits you actually would find in a review out of the way. The art is beautiful, Matteo Buffagni (whom I totally had pegged as Ron Garney) draws a great Elektra, and the unusual color palette by Matt Milla is growing on me. There is also plenty to suggest that Charles Soule has a good grasp of Matt’s character. All in all, I’m pretty sure there’s actually a good story in there somewhere. Which is why it’s such a shame to see this run buckle under the weight of its own illogical continuity.
In many ways, I find the beginning of this story to be more compelling than the one we saw in the opening arc. However, the elephant in the room has grown to such proportions that it’s effectively blocking my view of anything but the elephant.
Whatever is allowing Matt to have his identity back and get back to practicing law is apparently so major that it’s made a cheater out of everyone Matt has ever dated. Let’s not even get into the nitty gritty of how the version of Matt that Elektra knew revealed his abilities to her almost as soon as they met. This Matt predates Daredevil. There is no version of this that doesn’t leave Elektra with a massive headache of messed-up memories that make no sense. Personally, I can’t think of any way to do a memory wipe this major that is actually worth the cost of what it’s doing to this book right now.
I’ll keep reading this title, and hopefully things will either start to make sense or find a new balance that will pay off in ways that let us look beyond whatever has happened in Matt’s world. For the moment, I would have much rather seen a complete reboot of this book. The desire to protect and preserve some kind of continuity at all cost is exactly what creates the kind of situation where all we have left is something that looks like a Daredevil book on the surface, but has lost its heart. Matt is now a man without a history, and without any meaningful and real relationships. I’m finding it really hard to care about what happens next.