As mysterious forces concentrate on making Matt’s life miserable, Foggy awaits life-changing news…
Mark Waid’s Daredevil run has been fresh and exciting, a return to adventure and colourful super-heroics after the darkness of previous writers Brubaker and Bendis. As good as their work always was, there’s a lighter feeling to current issues of Daredevil, despite the serious nature of the story being told.
Having recently discovered Foggy’s cancer fears, Matt and his partner have reunited, their once damaged friendship rebuilt through mutual concern. A large part of this issue deals with the reassurance that Matt and Foggy are as solid as ever, as Daredevil provides Foggy the opportunity to experience the city from his perspective, allowing his friend to “spit in fear’s face” whilst awaiting potentially devastating medical results. They’re touching and well-written scenes, and there’s no doubt that Waid understands the two men and their lifelong partnership.
Meanwhile, the unknown figure (or figures) behind Daredevil’s recent troubles have managed to exactly replicate the accident that created Matt’s “radar senses,” giving a group of convicts the same powers as Daredevil. It’s an intriguing concept, and the newly hyper-sensitive villains cause plenty of chaos before being dispatched by Matt in ingenious and individual ways, exploiting the weaknesses that also come with his particular skill-set.
Waid pulls a couple of neat tricks at the end of the issue – we the readers expect Matt to let Foggy down, and it’s a pleasant surprise to see his timely appearance to support his best friend. It’s made clear that his priorities have been appropriately adjusted. Light-hearted banter between the two wrong-foots us again, as the doctor approaches to deliver the results. Daredevil’s abilities tell us everything we need to know as he reads a panicked heartbeat in the room and realises… “it’s not Foggy’s.”
A quiet and personal story told brilliantly in the middle of a much larger unfolding mystery, this issue hits multiple emotional levels. Daredevil is going from strength to strength, and is highly recommended.