On the day that Daredevil #8 comes out, I thought it was high time I got to the previous issue, which came out two weeks ago. The fact that I didn’t actually get around to reading Daredevil #7 – one week after picking it up at my comic book store – should speak volumes about my current state of “Daredevil depression.” Here’s the thing though, I actually kind of liked this issue. And to clarify, it’s not as if I’ve outright disliked the previous issues, it’s just that I’ve felt like something out of an, albeit pretty well-written, alternative universe story that I’ve been unable to feel emotionally invested in.

I’m still feeling some of that, or not feeling it, as it were, but this issue is a big step up for me. I can’t quite put my finger on why, but it may have been the inclusion of several characters who are not just nameless extras in this story (such as all the people at the D.A.’s office).

Daredevil fights Elektra, as seen in Daredevil #7 (vol 5), by Charles Soule and Matteo Buffagni

Aside from Elektra, whose own two-issue arc is more interesting than many other stories involving this always complicated character, we finally get to meet Foggy again. Which is great, even though he and Matt are not on the best of terms. A conversation with the Night Nurse also makes this story feel a bit more connected to the larger Marvel Universe. As for the twist at the end (spoiler alert: since I’ve taken this long to write about Daredevil #7, I’m going to assume that any readers of this post will have read the issue in question), I kind of expected it. The idea of Matt and Elektra having a child together would have added further confusion to a new status quo that fans are still trying to figure out. I do find the psychological game play pretty interesting though, and I have to wonder if it’s not somehow connected to whatever it is Matt’s done to change people’s memories.

The whole mystery of what kind of deal Matt has made – and with whom – to change people’s memories remains the biggest issue with this volume of Daredevil. I think Charles Soule really needs to hurry up and get to the point where this is finally revealed. I doubt I’m the only one getting impatient. Soule is a very solid writer and odds are he will need to be to make whatever setup they’ve planned work in a way that won’t leave fans scratching their heads. As for recent changes I’m happy to keep, I’m really digging Matteo Buffagni’s artwork. He doesn’t deliver the most flattering take on Foggy I’ve ever seen – or young Matt, for that matter – but overall I’m a big fan. Interesting panel layouts, nice handling of different perspectives and a great match for Matt Milla’s colors, which are finally starting to grow on me.

Matt talks to Foggy, as seen in Daredevil #7 (vol 5), by Charles Soule and Matteo Buffagni

One last thought before I let you guys head out and get this week’s issue: The topic of whether this run is a good match for the Netflix show or whether that was ever the intention. As far as intentions go, the tail end of volume four of Daredevil was not the best match for the first season of Daredevil, the television show. Regardless of whether you liked both or neither of them, it seems pretty clear that Marvel wasn’t overly concerned about the fact that the two were quite different, both in terms of tone and content.

As for this new volume, the fact that Daredevil and Jessica Jones have been massive hits may have made the comic book people pay a little more attention to whether the book matches up with the show. But that’s assuming that they do, and I don’t really agree that that’s the case. In terms of tone, yes. But, to be fair, the tone of this most recent volume is pretty well in line with how Daredevil has usually been written over the last two decades. In terms of content, I’d expect newcomers to the comic to be almost as confused as they would have been jumping onboard a year ago. The book is mostly populated with new or marginal characters, Karen is nowhere to be found (for obvious reasons), and Foggy is mostly an afterthought. The Night Nurse is the comic book version of the character, not Claire Temple, and Elektra also represents a different take on the character than the one we saw on the show. I don’t think this, in and of itself, is a problem. If Marvel specifically wanted to bring in new fans from the show, my suggestion would be to create a new line of comics built on the MCU.

Okay, one more thing: As you might have guessed, I did enjoy the fact that Matt had to seek out Foggy over something of a “blind issue” and I appreciate that Soule isn’t the type to try to sweep those sorts of things under the rug, but actually incorporates them into the story. So, kudos! And, I think I’m done, bring on the comments!

Christine Hanefalk

Christine Hanefalk

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Christine is a die-hard Daredevil fan who launched The Other Murdock Papers in 2007 to share her passion for Matt Murdock and his friends with other fans.

5 comments

  1. I am positively terrible at interpreting the implication from any Marvel even, but I did read Secret Wars, and my understanding was that the Fantastic Family were able to hit the reset on everything. So I find it perplexing that Soule would make Matt’s ID an issue instead of just rolling forward with the idea that maybe no one ever knew or just some people know. I feel like Matt had a sit-down with Franklin Richards and the kid said, “so what can the genie do for you?” I agree the public identity had become cumbersome but Soule had a free pass.

  2. Yeah this two parter was better. I am also really starting to enjoy the art and color pallet of the book. The too small red cane bugged me this issue, thank you Christine I now watch for things like that. This issue actually got me intrigued about the mind wipe mystery. I find it really interesting that someone else might know about what Matt did and is now using really clever mind games of their own to screw with Matt, So I am actually kind of on board with the concept now, as long as it doesn’t drag on for to long. And we actually continue this trend of having more of a supporting cast and history laden relationships.

    As far as the comic matching up with the Netflix show; I still stand by that certain things are happening in the comic specifically because of the success of the show. Not everything is going to match up of course, but there are little influences that I think are carrying over. In much the same way that little elements from the MCU have crossed over and influenced Marvel Comics as a whole. We now have a black Sam Jackson Nick Fury in the main Marvel continuity, Phil Coulson is now a character in the comics, the SHIELD comic is now modeled heavily from the show, Ironman in the comics is now the RDJ Ironman etc. These same sort of changes are starting to seep into DD as well. Granted nothing has been whole sale changed to completely match up with the show, but it’s no coincidence that Marvel is trying to cash in on the popularity of Elektra and Punisher by having them pop up in multiple books right after the success of the second season of the show. There was also a scene in this issue that mirrors almost directly a scene from the show when Elektra gets close to Matt and says that she is going to kill the guys that messed with her and if Matt got in the way she would kill him too. The only difference being that in the show she was referring to Stick. And yes the overall feel of the show and the comic right now are consistent with longtime representations of DD, but I do think it was intentional that they did a 180 and went back to this more long standing tone for the comic after the success of the show, instead of continuing with the more unique thematic tone set by Waid and Co. And the Night Nurse showing up for the first time in years is not surprising either. Yes, it’s the comic version of the Night Nurse, but it’s still essentially the same character from the show and she still fills the same purpose. So no the comic is not completely re-writing itself to match the show by any means, but I still think there is an influence. Now whether or not that is a good thing is debatable. I am ok with it as long as it doesn’t become to heavy handed. I mean a good idea is a good idea regardless of where it comes from. But when there is something that comes into the comic that is a blatant rip from the movies or TV shows I still can’t help but roll my eyes.

    But to get back to the issue, I agree Christine. I think this issue was a step in the right direction. I am interested in the mind wipe mystery and intrigued to see what comes next for the first time this volume. But I still have the same question; when did Elektra ever date Matt when he was Daredevil that “makes her a cheater” due to the mind wipe?

    Also, Are you going to be reviewing the Daredevil/Punisher mini, Christine? I’ve only read the first issue so far but it wasn’t to bad. Very action centric though.

  3. well done upper panel.. excellent example of how much the power of chiaroscuro can highlight movement.. angry Cretan’s sai piercing club.. action smack dead center bullseye.. and fore and aft surround shading, darkening, synchronized with time.. very impressive.

    (i can’t seem to create a new email.. even change of pass word gives “that account is in reserve domain”.. . is it because of my name?.. the blogs say after 365 days of no use it’s defunct, and in an additional 90 days it will be reinstated.. is this true?.. an, ha, when i tried to ask in blog, they required an email account.. i am not very pc proficient, all i need and want is my simple hm account for family and loved ones, no new multi-hopping to an fro)

    were more people posting when unsure how arc was coming along?.. strange, when i watch a good old black n white film i relax, dream, whimsabout, escape reality a bit.. then came livingcolor.. funny game that old father time plays.. he’s probably rolling around on the floor laughing his butt off at us..

    maybe the crew was intending to down play the day2day, the offices and other mechanized routines.. in that way they could contrast with a harder impact in the action scenes.. (imagining, haven’t seen).. all for the greater good of the bigger scene ofcourse..

    hmm.. must say am most impressed to discover the inverse common denominator present in so many of the fans here… missing the “colour” in MATT’S life that is.. that’s just wow so great.. i always wondered some about the type of people interested in this mwf…

    it would be the lawyer that would make the real differnece.. as the directer stressed it’s matt’s skill as a strategist, his brains, that guide the butt kicking.. yes, a most out of character comment.. (maybe he meant that the saving which he lives off of is the best.. (lame defense?.. ye).. mwf fans, most, seem truly, emotionally in tune with going ons.

    good example is one fan written idea for an arc,, basically an index card deal.. but what stood out most was that our hero was collaborating with a muslim cop.. now that there shows the insight of this fan to whats going on.. (even outside the dream)..and how severe the future consequences could be..

    i’m referring to the tiny kids, 5? 4? yrs of age? we see them more (daily almost) here across the pond.. with kalasnikovs in hand.. toasting death to all?.. wow.. does a number on ones grip on reality..

    (but i’ll stop.. i too wish to think of fun and happy stuff.. even though the cloud is getting darker, heavier.. (can’t we get our kids, of all denomination, to show them it’s not what we, they want..they can play together)

    the word is stronger than the sword.. some smart dude said.. (many probably).. hence we have this ingrained need for matt to perform in life, especially in court.. hmm.. and rightfully so.. it would elevate the story/character infinitely, more interesting, being the cooler solution of the two..

    just 1 s separating the 2 words..

    so, the root of the problem, the blasted mass hallucinatory mindwipe… given the ability of some lawyers to convince you that you can eat your soup with a fork?.. (depending on if he can debate as he can kick butt) this story had a solid foundation to build a very articulate architecture.. may wonder what borderline insane slight of tongue would be in play to actually pull off such a regal scam.

    who was responsible for his ID reveal?

  4. Haha. “What the hell is wrong with you?”. Kinda funny, what’s wrong with Elektra. I just noticed.

    The mindwipe. Who has the capacity to pull off believable mass mind control on this level? The Purple Man?

    Perhaps a deal struck for the sake of a lesser evil in a give and take bargain, but on what conditional return for Purple services rendered? It would have be something next to impossible for Matt to concede to, so as to be catapulted down a dizzier spiral, into a sacrificial multi-jeopardy. And, as it usually goes, would eventually lead to further, far more complicated state of affairs.

    I suppose it could have it’s merits from a storytelling viewpoint, if over complexity is what we desire. but..

    It is a justifiably irritating notion, the convolutedness of the ID exposure. But more so to us, I believe, because as readers we are privy. Now, is this idea from it’s root a palpable presentation? If you, we all I mean, heard from any source that our real life, totally blind next door neighbor is capable of jumping off of skyscrapers, swinging round flagpoles with just a couple of billy clubs, and apprehending multiple killers simultaneously.. an actual vigilante.. what would you in reality naturally think?

    That someone most assuredly is pulling your chain, most likely?

    Had a kid? Sheez, I should have wrote that one back in the ’70s when sentences were beginning to form paragraphs for me. Glad I copy writ. Yes, I too must confess about not buying the book as of late. Perhaps when the interest level rises again. Hopefully.

  5. I really hate when a series changes writter, and new writer decides to simply forget the past. Like never happened. It made me quit reading Captain America back in the day when Gruenwald left the pen and Mark Waid completly changed the rout. Even leaving Cap’s girlfriend kidnapped by a terrorist.
    Soule is doing the same here. I know he later explains it (somehow) but it still sound lame to me. If you make a transition so brusque, people keeps thinking about the rude change, not about the new direction.

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