Comic Review: Daredevil #16
With the Avengers having successfully liberated the senseless Daredevil from Latveria, it’s time for him to recoup and regain all his lost senses. With the help from the Marvel Universe’s greatest minds, Matt Murdock will be able to return to his usual blind, radar-capable self, but his troubles aren’t over just yet.
Read on for my review!
Throughout this series, Mark Waid has shown us that he has an unbelievable ability to break down exactly what makes this character tick, and then feed it to us in a story that is both fresh yet reminiscent of the simpler Silver Age comics from the ’50s. In this issue, he continues to do just this, but instead of breaking down the emotional and personality aspects of Matt Murdock, Waid breaks down his powers and his sensory abilities.
We see through this issue, and moreso through this arc as a whole, what it’s like for Matt to be truly blind, and then to lose all senses. Here we see him finally regain that which makes him the man without fear, and it really gives a sense of the fact that this character isn’t as helpless as people might think because of his disability.
What really stands out, though, is Waid’s interpretation of Hank Pym’s Giant Man. Shrunken down to microscopic size, the hero makes his way through Daredevil’s brain to rid Matt of the tiny Doom-bots that have been neurologically hampering him, but with Hank treading on Matt’s grey-matter, it begins to have some interesting effects on Matt’s subconscious mind that are fantastic to see. In fact, Waid’s handling of all the Avengers present in this issue is spot on, just showing how great of a comic writer he really is.
Chris Samnee continues his tenure on this series as artist and he keeps bringing the goods. Samnee’s style definitely hits similar levels as Rivera’s, but it does stand out as different enough to make people see it’s his. Samnee proves that he’s no amateur when it comes to illustrating action sequences and Matt’s radar abilities in first-person. He’s also able to express all the emotional aspects of each scene and character, which is really important when we get to the shocking finale of this issue between Matt and his parter and friend Foggy, seen dramatically on the cover to the issue.
Waid and Samnee have succeeded once again in delivering a fantastic issue for a fantastic series that leaves me begging for more. I’ve come to expect no less than greatness from this title, and hopefully, with the reveal that Waid would be writing the new Hulk comic this November, we’ll get another book just as amazing.
GO Rating: 4.5/5