With all the hoopla surrounding Daredevil #1, it seems like forever since I wrote a post about something from an older issue. However, since the topic of Matt briefly dating Maya “Echo” Lopez came up during an exchange on Twitter the other day, I was reminded of this old scene from Daredevil #11 (volume 2), by David Mack and Joe Quesada. Matt and potential client turned romantic interest Maya are on a date and decide to go to the movies. This is, of course, complicated by the fact that he’s blind and she’s deaf and they quickly get chased out of the movie theater when trying to fill in what the other is missing.
I think this scene is pretty cute (and hey, we even have Matt laughing in a post-Miller issue of ! ;)). I also think Maya/Echo had a lot of potential as a character, but has sadly been manhandled a bit over the years. Does anyone even know what she’s doing? The last I saw of her was in Secret Invasion.
To me, this arc – Parts of a Hole (yes, that is how you spell it) – was something of a mixed bag. I liked it for the most part but found some aspects of it a little odd. Such as the twins with the nervousness-induced speech impediment that only Matt could understand because he has superhearing (what?!). There were also a couple of cringeworthy moments involving Maya, such as her assertion that she can’t use a telephone (the TTY was invented in the 60’s…) or that she’s competed in the Special Olympics (the Deaflympics would have made more sense).
Oh well, other than that, it’s a pretty good story and features an interesting character study of the Kingpin. Oh, and that Miracle Ear commercial? I think this is the one Matt’s talking about, from 1988.