Daredevil #6

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The Good

There are two kinds of tie-in issues to large events: those that could be told at any time and those that are specifically and inexorably tied to the larger event. Generally the latter work better, in the context of a tie-in, but in this case Mark Waid shoots for the former and delivers an incredible, evergreen story that also makes sense in the context of Original Sin. I won’t reveal what Murdock saw, but it sends him hurtling to his mother, still in the service of a nunnery. When it’s revealed that she’s been arrested and is being extradited for a minor infraction, things get very political very quickly. I had some reticence that Waid would set another issue in the past, as he did when he revealed Foggy’s fate last time around, but the glimpses we get of his past are few and far between, and actually not even the focus of the issue, which helps set the stakes and reset our footing in the present. Waid’s characterizations have always been one of the strongest parts of his run on this series, but I swear he manages to outdo himself every few issues and this is one of them: we see Matt Murdock finally losing his cool and rushing into a situation without anything even resembling adequate preparation, and it absolutely comes back to bite him.

Javier Rodriguez shares a storyteller credit with Mark Waid while penciling as well as handling the colors and on both of these counts does a great job. Chris Samnee’s not an easy artist to step in after but, lest we forget, Rodriguez was Waid’s original collaborator on this title and he effortlessly reminds us of just that. His incredible eye for detail is on full display here, but it is once again, his illustration of Matt’s radar sense that steals the show every time it’s on display. Of particular note is the two-page spread of Matt in a closet listening for any scrap of information about his mission, and it’s a perfect melding of words and imagery that shows how Daredevil sorts through total chaos to find the kernel that he needs. It shows you just how used to living every moment of his life like this he is. Alvaro Lopez’s inks carry a grand weight as well: reigning in all this wild imagery and making it clear and precise can’t be easy. This is another example of small, minute details being brought to the fore as the inks emphasize things like shadow, motion and perspective, something critically important to more acrobatically inclined heroes.

The Bad

To be perfectly honest: I wasn’t aware Mama Murdock was still ALIVE. It’s been awhile since I’ve read the Bendis/Maleev run, but I don’t recall her ever appearing there, and while she apparently DOES make an appearance in Shadowland, it’s interesting to just have her pop up in this story with hardly a word about how rarely these two interact. I’m not saying she shouldn’t have been here, I’m saying some acknowledgement that seeing her is something of an occasion.

The Verdict

This is definitely a story for Daredevil fans, both new and longterm. People looking for some kind major tie-in to Original Sin would be better served looking to a different tie-in as this one could have been just as well served with information unrelated to that event. This isn’t to say that this shouldn’t have been a tie-in, but it’s more the traditional version of that phrase where fans of the book can pick it up and not need to know much, or anything, of the larger event. The writing is great, the art is beautiful, and the storyline is fraught with intrigue. Everything we could want from a new storyline.

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#1 Posted by Master_Thief (1100 posts) - - Show Bio

I gotta know what did he see??????

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#2 Posted by TheCheeseStabber (8212 posts) - - Show Bio

I gotta know what did he see??????

His Father punching his Mom

@undeadpool Don't you hate it when Nuns go on Vandalism Crime Sprees :P

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#3 Posted by Supi (185 posts) - - Show Bio

Mark Waid is the best thing ever happened to Dare Devil since Miller...

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#4 Posted by powerflux (121 posts) - - Show Bio

anyone mind spoiling the sin for me? I believe it has something to do with his father being a horrible man, not the role model Matt thought he was?

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

Well thanks for destroying the only good single father comics Waid.......

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#6 Posted by dagmar_merrill (12701 posts) - - Show Bio

anyone mind spoiling the sin for me? I believe it has something to do with his father being a horrible man, not the role model Matt thought he was?

His Father punching his Mom

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#7 Posted by dagmar_merrill (12701 posts) - - Show Bio
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#9 Posted by DatHomieSilverSurfer (714 posts) - - Show Bio

wow, incredible read...I really liked the darker tone of the book, it struck a nice balance with the grittier noire days of DD and his current brighter phase.

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#10 Posted by sparty-dbq (967 posts) - - Show Bio

I like how the villain sort of pulls an Ozymandias on the last page.

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#11 Edited by akbogert (3323 posts) - - Show Bio

Of particular note is the two-page spread of Matt in a closet listening for any scrap of information about his mission

So good.

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#12 Posted by Protoflash (181 posts) - - Show Bio

Anyone else think it was weird how mama murdock is basically made into the nun from Orange is the new Black? Because I certainly did….

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#13 Edited by CombatSpoon86 (963 posts) - - Show Bio

love this issue. Waid just keeps bringing me back for more.

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#14 Posted by The Mast (793 posts) - - Show Bio

This was a fantastic issue, and I have loved everything Waid has done, but I am NOT biased.

There is absolutely no need for Jack Murdock to be a wife-beater. Absolutely none. Sorry, Waid. I'm not riding with you on this one, brother.

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#15 Posted by Transformers1024 (7600 posts) - - Show Bio

I am a huge fan of Waid's work but this issue really isn't too great. Jack being a wife-beater? Wakanda randomly coming into the story out of nowhere? And being total d!cks at that. I definitely don't recommend this issue to anyone..

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

Another good issue I love waids work on this series

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#18 Posted by jdp180 (174 posts) - - Show Bio

Anyone else think it was weird how mama murdock is basically made into the nun from Orange is the new Black? Because I certainly did….

Damm. I thought I was the only one. Well not really but yeah you are right. This was a great issue although I dont like the reveal that Matt's dad abused his mom.I also thought Wakanda came out of nowhere but if that means I get some Black Panther action in Daredevil comics, then count me in.

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#19 Edited by Teerack (10703 posts) - - Show Bio

This was one of the best issues in Waid's whole run. loved it. :)

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#20 Posted by deactivated-097092725 (10555 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not sure me and the reviewer read the same issue. This felt slapped together and was very hodge podge. Showing Matt frustrated and failing to plan because of it would have come off a lot better if what caused his frustration wasn't so ridiculous.

At least Matt is out of San Francisco for a bit.

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