by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Mark Waid, Art by Khoi Pham
Published: July 2012
Classic Daredevil erupts on the pages of this solid book as our hero faces off with the new AIM/HYDRA thugs that have combined into the group Megacrime. Over the years Matt has been forced to put the beat down on AIM and HYDRA numerous times. Now they saved him the trouble of making multiple trips by combining into one group (that needs a better name).
Now I will fully admit that this issue drops down a bit in overall quality compared to just about all of the previous books in this series re-launch. But that being said, Daredevil is still one of my top 3 picks each month because of the overall quality and storyline. The only things that bugged me in this issue were a little plot and the art. For the plot DD is using the same tactic he did before to draw out the bad guys; if it ain’t broke don’t fix it I guess. Also Foggy starts to find a few things out at the beginning of the book that are never really addressed and I assume shall be in the next book or two. The placement felt off.
For the art Khoi Pham did an okay job. The problem is that he follows up some incredible work by the other artists like Marcos Martin and Paolo Rivera. While some of the up close and personal work was good, the overall tone just wasn’t what I was used to and generally paled in comparison.
So this issue slips to a 7.5 on the reader scale mainly due to the art. The plot was still decent and there is a nice twist at the ending so series readers need to grab this book. Overall I still love the way that Waid is working within the character of Daredevil and really showing his core style in the way he acts, fights, and the way Matt has to deal with problems. That alone makes this entire re-launch a must buy for the hardcore Daredevil lovers like myself.