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There is a song by David Bowie that would explain this comic book perfectly – ‘Sound and Vision’. And why is that? Well, the hero – Daredevil – is blind; and the villain – see below – is full of noise. Also, the term ‘full of noise’ explains Writer: Mark Waid; Artist: Paolo Rivera; and Publishers: Marvel Comics – particular in September 2011

Whilst trying to break free from the manacles that his sonic-captors have placed him in, Matt (Daredevil) Murdock suddenly recognises that one of these fiends is not whom he seems. Prudently, this ‘someone’ pre-empts Daredevils scrutiny, and explains to him who he is – a combination of the villains, Klaw, and a sound-shadow – as well as what he is doing with Matt next – use him as a host to collate his entity. Oh! And on top of that, this sound-person also states why he interfered with Mr Jobrani’s case too – so that he could not take back the lo-cal that he is currently using.

However, after a bit of pontificating, Daredevil does manage to break free – and in so doing he is just able to interfere with Klaws plans to such a degree, that... errr... he goes to pieces.

In the aftermath of these event, Matt and Foggy find a way to help Mr Jobrani’s fight his battle with the courts, which leads them both onto a new venture – specialising in helping people defend themselves in court.

 Foggy isn’t too happy about this.

To paraphrase Ned Flanders, ‘Okay dokey reader-inos! What do we have here then?’ just before Homer slaps him over the head with Maggies diapers, and then shows him the contents within. Listen now, do not take my opening statement the wrong way, this issue of Daredevil is far from the contents of Maggies diaper! Instead, it is a jovial and really pithy take on a tried and tested silver age yarn – like the Simpson’s television series (see, I do make sense sometimes).

OK, I have to be honest with you, I didn’t think that I would like this issue all that much after reading the tail end of last issue. Personally speaking, I feel that when ‘street heroes’ like Batman or Daredevil, fight ‘cosmic heroes’ like ‘whosever that was’ in this issue, then it can sometimes come across as being too much of a bold and brash thing, and does not always work within the confines of a story. However, Daredevil has the super cool creative team of writer, Mark Waid, and artist, Paolo Rivera, at hand – a combination that so far has consistently pleased me with whatever they have put on show.

Fair enough, this final part of this opening Daredevil story arc did have a couple of snags that were not to my liking. For example, that whole Klaw / sound-shadow origin segment felt a bit confusing as a back-story, and the overall structure of this piece did seem to flimflam by the end. Apart from that, though, I really dug this issue all in all.

Mark Waids words are poignant and light – Paolo Riveras artwork is silver age in feel and cool in design – Joe Riveras inking is crisp and dynamic – and I even like Javier Rodriguezs colouring too, very ‘Born Again’. Come on guys – keep this book a running in the right direction, and it will be ‘okely dokely’ with me!

Great issue – bananas villain – perfect creative team.


DAREDEVIL #3 DAREDEVIL #3 Reviewed by David Andrews on September 29, 2011 Rating: 5
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