Daredevil #4

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The Good

I mentioned in my last review that I felt it was fairly early for the Owl to be getting an even grittier reimagining so soon after Bendis and Maleev did the exact same thing with the character, but after this issue that specific notion seems to have been an intentional, and delightful, misdirect on the part of Mark Waid. I now have no idea what the future of the character will be, but I can’t wait to see how he factors into future issues. Waid does a fantastic job of filling out his corner of the Marvel Universe, integrating the bizarre and the supernatural into the kind of everyday chatter that a world like this would be filled with. Two security guards talking about seeing Nova on The Colbert Report might not be a huge detail, but it’s one of many that makes the world feel like it goes on outside of whatever panel the story is actually focused on.

Chris Samnee, who is credited alongside Waid as "storyteller," is doing some of his best work in this action-heavy issue. From Daredevil’s evasion of Owl’s thugs to his knockdown slugfest near the issue’s end, the action is controlled and easy to follow, but possesses tremendous impact and a great sense of the illusion of motion. All the characters are amazingly realized whether in motion or at rest, and even the scene of Kirsten McDuffie filling Matt in on the Owl’s likely target, while not exactly action-packed, is well staged and blocked so that the viewer doesn’t get bored. It’s also in this scene that Javier Rodriguez displays his skill as a colorist as it’s gorgeously bright and shining (I appreciate when people acknowledge that San Francisco DOES have more weather than just “foggy,” no pun intended) but when darkness falls, the palette becomes appropriately dour and sinister.

The Bad

The pace of this issue moves at a breakneck speed and feels like it could have been easily stretched into another one, particularly as the Owl’s scheme seems half-baked at best. Also, and this didn’t affect the score, the solicitation claims we’ll learn more about Foggy’s fate in this issue and that absolutely does not happen as the character doesn’t even appear, in flashback or otherwise.

The Verdict

I’ll never complain TOO loudly about getting too much plot this quickly when it’s written and drawn THIS well, if anything I just want more of it. That’s a good complaint for a book to receive, though, and this one continues its incredibly consistent quality. The worldbuilding Waid is doing is subtle enough that one would barely notice it, but it creates a subconscious idea of greater things beyond the central story, making his world feel populated and diverse. The art makes the world worth looking at and following every single step of the way as well.

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#1 Posted by longbowhunter (9425 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't know what this means for the Owl, but I'm certain it's going to bite Matt in the ass.

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#2 Posted by Sarandeep (31 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice

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#4 Posted by manwithoutshame (659 posts) - - Show Bio

The best Marvel book on the stands!

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

It was a little fast. Based on the Owl's eyes and smile, it seems like he got what he wanted in the end, so I'm not sure if jail will actually do anything?

But it has been great to see the Shroud get some good story time. I'm not sure exactly what his last line meant--was he going along with what Matt offered, or not? I could interpret it in a few ways. I hope they follow up, because I like Julia Carpenter and would like to see her in this book. Given her powers, it's a little surprising Owl could capture her.

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#6 Edited by jayc1324 (26432 posts) - - Show Bio

This is a good series and its well written and everything but there's something missing. It just doesn't feel like a five star book to me. Not enough ever happens in it

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#7 Posted by detective38 (215 posts) - - Show Bio

Great series so far I wasnt a fan of matts identity being public at first but it opens up doors for new plot points

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#8 Posted by Teerack (10703 posts) - - Show Bio

After what we saw in issue 2 Daredevil should be able to find her in his phone since she would be in the Avengers Database. She was a past avenger and the current Madam Web I'm sure after Spider-Island her bio would have gotten updated. That or after looking for a long time Spider-Man will just be like "Oh Julia? Yeah I see her all the time." or something.

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