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So what’s the STORY morning glory?
In this issue of Daredevil, entitled 'Battle Buddies', we see Matt Murdock go on a date with flirtatious District Attorney, Kirsten McDuffie, at the fairground.
- However, like everything else in Matt's life at the moment, this is not your usual run of the mill date. Oh no.
- Kirsten blindfolds herself so she can gauge if Matt is Daredevil or not. Whereas Matt hires Spiderman to watch over them just in case someone attacks.
- Now during their time together, Matt tells Kirsten a story of times past, about when he and Foggy first met a College. But it appears that at this juncture in both Nelson and Murdock lives, things were not very nice for either of them really. Matt had financial problems paying for his school fees. Whilst Foggy had a problem with a hard-line tutor, Leopold York, who kicks him off the course for plagiarism.
- Foggy was innocent though, and Matt tries his best to prove it too.
Trust me; this is a really nice tale. Unlike a member of the crime syndicate, the Black Spectre, who suddenly threatens Matt and Kirsten as soon as he completes this tale!
To be continued...
Now most of the dialogue in this issue was a real joy to read. But I liked Matt's little introduction about Foggy the best...
'I hated him. I called him Foggy not because he was dim - he was actually a brilliant student. But because to my ears he sounded like a human foghorn'.
I can relate to that.
What was the BEST thing about this issue?
There was so much about this issue to love, that I honestly do not know where to begin. But I suppose I can start by saying that I did like the idea that conceptually this issue was more about Matt and Foggy, than it was about Matt and Kirsten - which was a nice twist. Then I really did enjoy all of the little visual nods and winks to continuity - like the 'Daredevil Bra' and the 'Bobble-head Devil'. Plus I have to mention that the whole thing was just a kick to read from beginning to end - it was a blooming smashing story.
What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Now if I did have a small-little-minuscule gripe with this tale, it would have to be that Spideman's disappearance was explained away too conveniently by the bad-guy. That's all though.
What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: It is very difficult for me to single out just one thing which I thought was the most creative aspect about this yarn. But at a push, maybe the 'Daredevil Bra' really stood out for me (in more ways than one, hint-hint).
ART: In my opinion Chris Samnee is an artist of the same calibre than Michael Lark. He has an earthy and noir-ish tone that suits an every-man story more than a dynamic wham, bam, thank you mam type of a tale. Where this particular issue is concerned though, I did like his non-distracting pace and imaginative layouts. Especially the close-up shots of the characters faces. They were very expressive.
KIRSTEN: For this hot DA, you need a foxy babe who looks like she would flash her tits at a blind-man. Oh! I know. Nicole Scherzinger from that band that dances a lot. She has all the correct equipment me thinks.
LEOPOLD: Now as soon as I caught a glimpse of this surly teacher, I thought of Hugh Laurie from 'House'. But no. He might be too young for this part. Max von Sydow from 'The Seventh Seal' on the other hand, he'd be perfect.
If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Laughing. Flirting. Reminiscing. And Being Attacked By A Man In A Bright Yellow Boiler Suit. Date Matt Murdock. It's Better Than The Internet.
If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why?
Conceptually this story is about a relationship of the future mingling in with a relationship of the past. Correct? So what about 'That's What Friends Are For' By Dionne Warwick and Company. A perfect match.
Overall this issue of Daredevil was a brilliant read. I can hardly fault it at all. It was that good. I just hope that this 'Omega-drive situation' does not drag-on for too long though, and that Mark Waid can somehow put an end to this dilemma once and for all.
Well, it is starting to feel a bit prolonged as a concept by now, huh? Almost as if so much has interfered with the resolution.
MARKS out of 10? 9