Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez
The great thing about a long form story is that you know there’s going to be a big finale, theres going to be the cards on the table moment where it’ll either make or break the hero and he can ride off into the sunset. This issue is that for Waid’s current story on Daredevil. This is where all the seeds, the hints and the drama pays off and the really Explosive two year story that Waid’s been telling comes to it’s final conclusion.
This is a fast paced issue and Waid knows it has to be, he sets up within two pages what is seemingly a Mexican stand-off between the big bad mastermind of the series (as I don’t know how the trade’s going to be collected, I’m not going to reveal who it is, though it was revealed two issues ago) and our horn-headed hero Daredevil. Waid keeps the pressure up with smart fast paced dialogue between our two central characters building the pressure until one shoots first and from there he lets Samnee take over and provide some fast paced action!
And boy, does Samnee deliver!!
I love Samnee’s art, his lines are clean, his pacing is always suited to what’s needed in an issue or a scene and he has a great use of cartoonish style mixed with superhero action that suits what a writer like Mark Waid wants to achieve with his new twist on Daredevil’s story.
It’s clear in this issue that Samnee and Waid work together well and have a dynamic with each other as the translation from Waid’s script to Samnee’s pencils are beautiful! The artist’s work shines and his use of panelling and constant action makes for a gripping page turner as the whole story comes to it’s final conclusion.
I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention Javier Rodriguez’s colour palette. He uses fantastic dark muted tones in this story that relies on the ninja aspects of Daredevil a lot more so utilises a set of colours that compliments the use of shadow that Samnee integrates at the inking stage to add a dark and dangerous mood, while at the same time providing a stark contrast of light in panels showing Daredevil’s radar sense, that make for instantly eye catching panels when you turn the page.
Think of this issue as the last twenty minutes of the Summer Action blockbuster, the finale, the curtain call and the pay-off. If you haven’t been following this series, read this issue and you will go ‘what? What’s been happening?’ and want to buy all the trades and read the whole story. Though not completely accessible, it has enough to grab you and tell a story of it’s own and entice you to read more.
If you have been following this series, then you’ll read this issue (if you haven’t already) and want to re-read the whole story from back at issue #1 to see everything weave together again beautifully.