Daredevil #20 (Marvel): A Deranged Daredevil?, Review
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Chris SamneeColors: Javier Rodriguez
It’s almost pointless to review an issue of Daredevil, isn’t it? The recipient of THREE Eisner Awards this year (Best Continuing Series, Best Single Issue and Mark Waid’s work on this helped him win Best Writer) doesn’t really need any help from me. But I just can’t seem to stop myself from telling everyone who will listen just how darn good this comic is.
We’re in the middle of one of the weirder stories in Daredevil’s history and Daredevil is a character who lends himself to some bizarre stories from time to time. Daredevil has been fighting his old foe, The Spot, who has given himself a drastic (and incredibly creepy) makeover as “Coyote.” I’ll just let Daredevil tell you what happened in his own words, and that should give you a general idea of how insane this comic has been lately: “After single-handedly slaughtering a warehouse full of crime bosses like ducks in a shooting gallery he [Coyote] lured me through one of his portals, locked some sort of electronic collar around my neck and used it to separate my head from my body. And that’s when I knew I’d won.” See? Crazy, right?
The Spot…erm…I mean, Coyote, is kind of a strange one. He can teleport things by moving them through this “spotted dimension” and the portals appear as, well, spots. DD tangled with him in the first issue of this current series and he’s apparently tired of being a C-List supervillain with no prospects and has considerably upped the ante. You see, Coyote is now trafficking in humans. He’s using a combination of his unique superpower and some wacky technology to smuggle everything from weapons, to drugs, to human slaves, all of which he sells to the highest bidder.
The pages where Coyote reveals his plans to Daredevil will seriously leave you feeling like you need a shower and that’s thanks in no small part to Chris Samnee’s art. He makes every character in the book, even the ones who just appear for one panel, live and breathe through little cues like body language and posture. This entire sequence, split between Coyote talking to Daredevil (well, to his head, at least) and the flashbacks showing him actually perpetrating the crimes all over the world, is so perfect, and the characters so human, that I couldn’t help comparing it to moments from Will Eisner’s Spirit.
Fun, fast-paced and never, ever predictable, Daredevil is probably the comic I look forward to the most every month. Waid and Samnee are, for my money, the team to beat in superhero comics right now. Best three bucks I spent this week!
Story: 10/10Art: 10/10Overall: 10/10