So just as I thought Mark Waid's Daredevil couldn't get any better, he hooks me back in with a plot that looks to be quite the doozy. I'm definitely not a huge fan of over-complicated arcs, but when they're planned out right, they satisfy this huge craving for thrills that I get every once and a while. This is one of those plot lines.
What I liked:
- Wherever Mark Waid is taking us with this "is he crazy, is he not" storyline, I'm thoroughly on board. Seeing Matt Murdock on the precipice of possibly going crazy is kind of awesome, because we don't usually associate heroes with having a breaking point. For all we know, everyone after his trip to Latveria could be a dream, or an illusion, or he could just be suffering from a whole bunch of lawyer-stress. Seeing a hero - who is usually quite infallible - fail at his job is a little interesting.
- On that note, I like that Foggy Nelson got a little bit of development in this issue in terms of his morals and where he stands with Matt. There's been a bit of tension brewing between the Murdock-Nelson partnership, and seeing Foggy tipped to the (possible) edge of his patience has been interesting.
- Seeing Matt break off someone's advances and shifting into "serious business" mode let people who are new to the series and characters know that the situation wasn't meant to be light-hearted. It takes talent to write someone's personality switching from one tone to another instantly, and Waid pulled it off.
- The cover. Look at this cover. LOOK AT IT UP CLOSE. See how awesome it is!
What I didn't:
- Not much. To be honest, this is my first five out of five book in a long while, just because of how well this storyline has been planned out.
The Verdict: An easy five nerves out of five for amazing art by Samnee, a mind-bender of a plot from Waid and some realistic characters that all seem to be going through their stresses. Just like us.