DAREDEVIL #8

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[ DID YOU FART SPIDEY?
There once was a chick called Black-Cat. Who always left a mess on poor Matt. But Matt did not mind - in fact he was quite kind - because he gave Black-Cat a great big splat. Now to find out exactly what I mean by this, you best read this tale Written by Mark Waid; Drawn by Kano; and Published by Marvel Comics in February 2012.

So what’s the story morning glory?
In this concluding part of 'The Devil and the Details' (with the first part in Amazing Spiderman #677) we are presented with a tale of two parts, with an additional two questions posed at the end of it, or else no bodily fluids will be exchanged.

Part One - THREES-UP: Now at the moment, I would not want to be in the same shoes as the inventor, Wassersvhmidt's, for anything in the world. Well, not only does he have a silly name, but also: (1) His telephone invention has been stolen. (2) He has been kidnapped. (3) Spiderman, Daredevil, and Black-Cat, figure out that Wassersvhmidt has been forced to commit these previous two deeds himself, by the crime syndicate, Terra-One. And (4) These heroes also find Wassersvhmidt hiding in plain sight, and that he has less than ten minutes left to live because he has been drugged.

Thank God that Spidey can swing him over to the hospital then, huh?

Part Two - FLIRTATIOUS PAIR: Daredevil asks Black-Cat to assist him in stealing back Wassersvhmidt device from Terra-One, so that he can then use it to access the Omegadrive he has. However, do you think that she accepts his proposition? Like f*ck she doesn't (in more ways then one), and together, they sneak, creep, crawl, and tweep, their way to do the do-do-do, baby, YEAH!

Question One - Do you think that Black-Cat has accepted another proposition proposed to her by the Black Spectre (steel the Omegadrive) and that is why she is sleeping with Daredevil?

Question Two - Who has stolen Matt Murdock's fathers grave from the wrong side?    

What is the most memorable sentence spoken in this issue?
OK, now this one is a toughie - because this issue did have a lot of snappy one liner's to choose from. But I did find it funny at the beginning of the book, when DD, Spidey, and Black Cat, had that strained tête-à-tête.

Spiderman: You think I turned you in? [to Black Cat]
Daredevil: You're not sleeping with him? [to Black Cat] 
Black Cat: You planted a tracer on me, and led the PD to my door! [to Spiderman]
Spiderman: I did no such thing... which means we have both been framed. You can let go of her DD.
Daredevil: I already did, she is holding me.

Ha! Character driven exposition - it can't be beat.

Was the story any good?
One hundred percent 'Yes' with a cherry on top. Personally speaking, I enjoyed the whole comradeship that this tale encapsulated. DD and Spidey are obviously buddies - Spidey and Black Cat obviously have a history together - and DD and Black Cat were defiantly going to bump uglies, Yahoo!

Moreover, the tale in itself was not that bad either. Granted, it was kind of like two half's of two different tales. But that is not to say that writer extraordinary, Mark Waid, didn't blend these two stories together very well! In fact, I thought that his cohesion was very nicely executed - as both parts made the whole that much more complete.

Was the art any good?
I remember Kano's art from his time on the DC comic book, Gotham Central, and since then his art has improved even more. Please note, I am not trying to imply that his work was ka-ka back in the day - because it was not. Rather, I find that his tonal compositions' does have a much more dynamic and kinetic vibe to them - very bold and cartoon-like.

Though, if I did have a slight nag with the art, I am afraid to say that colourist, Paolo Rivera, does mute the colour palette to more pastoral proportions - making it appear somewhat obtuse at times.

Sorry for saying this Paolo.

What is the best thing about this issue?
There were quite a few things that I liked about this issue. For a start, I loved the flirting between Daredevil and Black Cat - I just though that was perversely funny. Next, I would have to say that I did like that end sequence, where whilst Black Cat and Daredevil were kissing each other, she was thinking about the Black Spectre's proposition to her - very cleverly executed. And finally, I just loved the tonal quality of this tale - it was fun, sexy, adventurous, and simple to read.

What is the worst thing about this issue?
The only small gripe I have about this issue; is that it was a cross-over which did not really lend itself to the overall cross-over experience. Well - let's face it - most of us comic book fans know that this type of thing is just a cash-cow nowadays - and that it is only used to give a lesser known character some more exposure in the marketplace.

Hmm? Does Daredevil need more exposure? I hope that he has a sufficient level to stay afloat!

If you could sum up this issue in a phrase or saying, what would that phrase or saying be?
Because of the double entendres in this issue, I have the strange compulsion to state 'Don't look down, your googlies are showing'.

You may need Google to help you understand what I mean by this.  

If this issue were a movie, an object, or a piece of music, what would that be and why? 
OK, so in this tale there is a thief, two bumbling buddies, and a story with a twist. Therefore, with my slightly strained perception, I have to deem the movie 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' a match-up of sorts.




Fair enough - not an exact match - but one that does share a similar spirit and style. 

What do you think would have made this issue better than it was?
What if She-Hulk and Spiderwoman suddenly showed up whilst Daredevil and Black Spider were at it, and then decided that they wanted to test the strength of his Billy-club?

Oh! One minute? This isn't DCnU? This is Marvel! Damn it!

Final thoughts...
Finally, in next issue we can get to the real reason why some git stole Matt's Dad's body. Personally speaking, I was hoping that this issue would tackle this story-strand. But-what-are-you-gonna-do? Protest? Nah - easier to wait a month, and just soak up whatever Mark Waid is going to present us with.

Well, it is going to be great!


Marks out of 10? 8.5