Daredevil #12

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The Good

A great twist can be a very, very tricky proposition to pull off. A lousy one is, of course, easy, you simply lie to the viewer and have characters behave in ways that make sense while they’re being observed, but are absolute nonsense in hindsight. A great twist needs to not only make sense, but to be well-motivated by all the players involved. There is a great twist near the end of this book and leave it to Mark Waid to have all the pieces all right into place. The buildup to the end is likewise great with the new Stunt-Master challenging Daredevil to a race up the Golden Gate Bridge, but last issue revealed that Stunt-Master is, in fact, playing puppetmaster (though a more mundane version) as he manipulates his own events from behind the scenes, taking none of the risk but reaping all the reward. And in this case, the one taking the risk is the one who stands to lose the most in George Smith. We also get a truly great, very touching end to this story that has me equal parts smiling and dreading, based on Murdock’s track record with girlfriends.

Chris Samnee shares a storytelling credit, as always, with Mark Waid but also provides the incredible linework There’s a lot of action in this issue, and it would’ve been very, very easy to lose track of the players or to cheat on things like blocking and pacing, but Samnee hasn’t cut a corner in his run on Daredevil yet and he certainly doesn’t start here. The pace, the fluidity from one panel to the next and the amazing level of detail that conveys emotion not only creates the illusion of motion, but does a phenomenal job of creating the illusion of noise. This is a very “loud” issue, and it comes across amazingly well. The visual splendor can also be attributed to Matthew Wilson’s gorgeous, old-school colors. Another artist who hearkens back to the Silver Age while still having a distinctly modern look and who has given the Man Without Fear’s title more brightness than it’s ever had before.

The Bad

This storyline, much like the last one, has a rather abrupt ending, possibly owing to the fact that it was only two issues long. It wasn’t QUITE a holding pattern, especially with what happens in the last page, and it was a good story well told, but it felt like it could have used a little more build or a little more investment. I hadn’t ever heard of Stunt-Master, so his ultimate fate, while interesting, didn’t have a great emotional punch.

The Verdict

The fact that storylines that could be considered holding patterns are STILL this entertaining and satisfying is a credit to the incredible creative team. It’s not always perfect, but I can never wait to see what happens next, and I’m constantly impressed by how well they tell these stories of Murdock and company and with the incredible economy that they’re able to get at the real, emotional depths of the characters.

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#1 Posted by Claymore1998 (16541 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome review.

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#2 Posted by Claymore1998 (16541 posts) - - Show Bio

I am tempted to give this a try but budget constrains, I will probably wait for the trade. As is collecting issues from 1 to 12 might not be very cost effective atm.

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#3 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (12493 posts) - - Show Bio

I am tempted to give this a try but budget constrains, I will probably wait for the trade. As is collecting issues from 1 to 12 might not be very cost effective atm.

Read it. It's awesome.


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#4 Posted by Owie (7248 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not sure exactly how the elder Stuntmaster's plan made sense. It sounded like the whole reason he was dying was because of the drugs he had been taking for a long time to make him able to trick DD's lie-detector sense. I get why he wants the fame, and sure he wants to go out on top I guess, but what about being famous and staying alive? That sounds like a better plan and it seems like he could have come up with ways around the whole "take lethal drugs just to fool Daredevil" idea.

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#9 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio

Ok it's time for whats-her-face to die now. Don't matter if it's Bullseye, Kingpin or freaking Leap Frog, she needs to be killed.

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#10 Edited by StarBrand1 (661 posts) - - Show Bio

This issue and the last issue have been the weakest since Waid started on DD. I really hope this next arc pics up, this was such a pain to read. The art is as good as it gets though.

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#11 Posted by Kreniigh (9 posts) - - Show Bio

An ambulance leaves Golden Gate Bridge and drives to the nearest hospital, where its patient is checked into the emergency room, treated, given a blood test which comes back showing suspicious chemicals, and then placed in a private room to recover. That's at least 3-4 hours; how long did that car chase take?

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#12 Posted by redleader1 (845 posts) - - Show Bio

@kreniigh: as long as the writer needed it too in order to achive suspense... are you new to this or something. It's like you want this stuff to make sense or something.

Just kidding. Acually I thought the same thing when reading it.

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