Review of Daredevil #12

May 2, 2012

Review of Daredevil #12

May 2, 2012

If Daredevil #11 left me a bit lukewarm, Daredevil #12 has me all warm and fuzzy. That, and in a state of complete awe. I loved this issue. After having seen Matt’s life be action-packed to the max for a few issues, this story features only one panel of Daredevil in costume while the rest of the issue is all about Matt Murdock and the people in his life. The date with Kirsten McDuffie is sexy and sweet (and funny!), but this issue’s biggest surprise is how Waid uses it to relate an event from Matt and Foggy’s distant past, told by Matt as a story within a story.

This issue also sees Chris Samnee make his debut as the new ongoing Daredevil artist, alongside Paolo Rivera (who, by the way, absolutely rocks that cover!). I had high expectations for Samnee, but am happy to say that the artwork far exceeds anything I could have imagined. Not only is Waid’s script full of character and charm, the art has both of those qualities in spades, and the marriage between the two makes this one of the most compelling issues of Daredevil I’ve read in a very long time.

Matt with Kirsten and Daredevil with Spider-Man, from Daredevil #12 by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee

Daredevil #12 starts off with a sexy and deliberately ambiguous scene in which Kirsten McDuffie is offering Matt a scarf. Surprising both Matt and the reader, she asks him to help tie it around her head as a blindfold. Any reader who may have been wary of Kirsten, a new character introduced in the first issue of Waid’s run, will likely find her much more intriguing after reading this issue. Kirsten is fun, adventurous and savvy, and thus a great match for Matt, both in terms of personality and intellect. On the one hand, she is relentless in her conviction that Matt is really Daredevil, and open about her intentions to prove it, but on the other she seems open-minded enough to really want to get to know him.

It is during their conversation that Foggy comes up, and Matt starts telling a story about how the two would-be lawyers got each other out of a sticky situation in law school. Matt’s problems were of the financial variety while Foggy’s โ€“ the main focus of this story within a story – was being singled out by a professor with a chip on his shoulder. By telling this flash-back story, Waid takes the opportunity to add another layer to Matt’s relatively little explored past and examine the close relationship between Matt and Foggy. The execution is wonderful and any reader coming to the title for the first time is bound to get a perfect introduction to both of these characters.

College age Matt and Foggy, from Daredevil #12 by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee

Last, but certainly not least, I want to come back to the art. Chris Samnee absolutely kills it. His characters are full of life, with dozens of different perfect expressions and poses that gets us inside their heads without wasting a single pen stroke. He goes from present day to the past and back again without a glitch and the art just gives this issue so much charm. I couldn’t be happier to have Samnee and Rivera take turns on the art duties. They both have their own distinct styles while sharing a knack for simple and playful elegance and perfect proportions.

Meanwhile, Javier Rodriguez gets to go wild with the color palette โ€“ Matt and Kirsten are moving around an amusement park at dusk, after all โ€“ and gives this book a consistent and perfectly polished look. It’s great to have the same excellent colorist working with both of the book’s ongoing artists.

Man, this book is great right now. I’m in heaven. Nuff’ said!


  1. Jeremy

    What a great issue! I’ve said it before, that I’ve always been a fan of DD from the various great stories he had over the past 30 years, but Waid has made me really love the character of Matt Murdock. I can’t help but smile at his easy charm, his endless bravo, the way all the female students look at him, but he’s still the ever-flawed Murdock we know. Why, if it wasn’t for Foggy jumping in, his whole career might have went up in flames right then and there!

    Also, is this the first time we learn why Matt calls Franklin “Foggy”? I might have been in Man Without Fear, but it’s been so long since I last read it.

    Regardless, great script + amazing artwork = fantastic comic. Can’t wait to see more from Samnee.

  2. Alex

    This was a beautiful issue. From the soft-touch art, to the vibrant colouring, to the smooth-as-butter dialogue, and the interlacing stories that linked playfulness with character enrichment, I loved absolutely everything about this as a single issue, and as a setup for what looks to be Matt’s final showdown with megacrime. This is why I read comics, and more specifically, this is why Daredevil continues to be my favourite superhero around. “Warm and fuzzy” is a good way to describe how this one made me feel too.

    Is there a way to get an avatar when making comments?

  3. Isaac

    I was not expecting this. What a beautiful issue! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s queer I can’t remind any more Matt-at-the-University stories…

    By the way, what should they be needing the scarf for? :O

  4. Christine

    @Isaac: I think she wants to use the scarf to tie Matt to his bed and do crazy things to him. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @Alex: This site, and a truckload of others, uses the Gravatar service to check for an avatar associated with a particular email address. You can get one here:

  5. Isaac

    I allways thought that way about Matt…! It’s impossible to go through so many traumata without developing something like that…! Daredevil has been consistently a book for sadists for many years.
    Ok, excuse me, I don’t mean to troll.

    (By the way, have you noticed that the user name comes allways in capital letters? It looks me look like an egomaniac!)…

  6. Christine

    Yes, all user names for people who comment are in capital letters. That’s specified in the theme for this site. I could change it, but I like it! And, it at least does the same thing to everyone’s name.


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