Daredevil #11 marks the final part of the three-piece crossover, “The Omega Effect”, which ran through this book, Punisher, and Avenging Spider-Man. The title has been one of the most critically acclaimed books of the past year, so when it hits the shelves each month people tend to expect a lot from it.
In The Omega Effect the plot that’s been sewn since the first issue of the series culminates with ol’ Horn Head himself teaming up with Punisher and Spider-Man to tease all the major crime syndicates with the Omega Drive, a special device that holds mass information on anything and everything due to Reed Richards’ tech.
Does the final part of this crossover hold up? Read on to find out!
So far this crossover has been pretty great, especially since it’s been very carefully put together by writers Greg Rucka and Mark Waid with all three issues featuring art by Marco Checchetto. Often times crossovers suffer from multiple artists making the story, when read as a whole, kind of uneven. That alone makes this crossover stand out in quality to me.
Back when the story was solicited I was under the impression that it was going to conclude the story with the Omega Drive that’s been running through Daredevil since issue #1. However, with solicitations for later issues I found that the series wouldn’t be quite done with the Omega Drive after this crossover, therefore I was kind of questioning what exactly would be happening here that really called for us to have a three-part event happen in one month. Though a fun experience, I have to admit the crossover didn’t actually seem like it needed to happen.
I’m not saying that it wasn’t a good issue, or that this crossover as a whole wasn’t a fun read, but in the end I felt like it could have been summed up in fewer issues, perhaps only in Punisher and Daredevil, especially since those are the only series that seem like they’re taking anything from this little event. Storylines from the past few issues of Punisher culminate and move into their next stage as certain events transpire between Frank and his newly introduced female ally. For Daredevil we got to see him have some nice character moments with the various players in this story, as well as moving forward, if only a little bit, with his Omega Drive problem. Spider-Man is just kind of there, not really adding much to the story and not really taking much from it. He has a role, but it mostly seems like if he was completely absent from this event the story wouldn’t suffer too much.
However, though not much seemed to be gained from the crossover, it was still a good read for any fan of the three characters as Rucka and Waid really know how to voice them. Spidey’s quips and interactions with the other two are spot on, and the two continue to write Punisher and Daredevil with the same skill they have been for the past year worth of issues. If the crossover did anything it made me excited to see what’s next for Daredevil, because something big regarding this drive is sure to come in the near future.
Checchetto’s artwork is noteworthy as it always is, and in this issue in particular he showcases a great knack for portraying Daredevil’s radar sense on panels. His style really worked well for this story, and I can see why they would choose him rather than Paolo Rivera or any other artists that have been involved on either Daredevil or Punisher.
All in all, it’s another solid issue of Mark Waid’s Daredevil run, it’s still well worth your $2.99, and if new readers jumped into this crossover I’m sure they’ll be inspired to keep following either of the series involved, if not simply to see what happens next with the Omega Drive. It may not have had the conclusion I originally expected, but it was a nice story to have before we do get to that conclusion.
GO Rating: 4/5