DAREDEVIL #16

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[ SPLIT SALE
Here comes a parting of ways. Which is very sudden for all who surveys. Nelson goes left. Murdock goes right. But nobody around knows who's wrong or is right. Well, that is unless you are somehow linked with Writer: Mark Waid; Artist: Chris Samnee; and Publisher: Marvel Comics in September 2012. Linked in a non-sexual way of course!

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Aesthetically, this issue of Daredevil -- entitled 'Knight in Shining Amour' -- must be what a stoned surgeon feels like when he's operating on a patient. Clinical, yet slightly aloof at the same time.

  • Picture the scene or I stab you in the head with a mushroom. Matt (Daredevil) Murdock is lying on a operating table in Tony (Iron Mans) Stark's lab, whilst Hank (Giant-Man) Pym is inside him.
  • No. Not sexually. Hank has shrunk himself down to microscopic level, and is trying his best to zap all of Doctor Dooms 'bugs' that has penetrated Matt's body.
  • Moreover, Hank's actions are being guided by Tony and Doctor Steven Strange, just to make sure he doesn't f*ck anything up.

Oh! This reminds me -- to be continued just as soon as Matt comes to, and is told to 'f*ck off'' by Foggy.

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
The majority of the inner Matt / Hank monologue was a blast for me to read in this issue. I especially liked the bit where he / they said...

'There's been an accident. A truck. A old man. I'm in the hospital. They tell me I'm blind now. But that's not true. Not completely. Sometimes there are blurry contours in the air. Monsters. Ghosts. Flickering at the edge of the darkness. And I have never felt so terrified. In time, the ghosts slowly morphs and sharpen into things I can kind of recognise. The silhouette of a drip bag. The outline of my father. And the fear gradually subsides'.

Wow! What a noir-like read, huh? Reminds me of a pulp detective comic book from the forty's. Smashing.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I loved the conceit of this story an awful lot, because that whole 'journey inside a human being' malarkey, did remind me of a... err... no... I best save that for later me thinks. Ha!

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
I am sitting on the fence where the end of this tale is concerned at the moment. You see, personally speaking, it didn't feel natural for Foggy to show Matt his fathers 'supposedly' hidden remains. Whilst, to juxtapose this stance, I did sympathise with Foggy for being dumped on again and again by a person set in his ways.

Both arguments are very valid, aren't they?

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: I got a right kick out of reading the Hank Pym / Matt Murdock synergistic scenes. Well, not only did I get to see Matt through Hank's eyes, but the reverse is just as true.

Very creative that. Very creative indeed.

ART: Honest to God, artist, Chris Samnee, is getting better and better by the issue. Because just like the two characters in this tale -- Matt and Hank -- he is synergising with Mark Waid's words like a treat. In addition to this, I also got a kick out of his pseudo pulp style of art too. His illustrations are starting to mirror the work of people like Hilary Barta -- which is a good thing in my book.    

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
HANK PYM: OK, I know that actor, Damian Lewis, is British. But come on. He was in 'Band of Brothers', wasn't he? Plus I hear that he has a thing for getting inside people -- allegedly.

STEVEN STRANGE: Just look at actor, David Wenham, and tell me that this French-looking duck-faced plumb isn't the spitting image of everyone favorite magical surgeon -- allegedly again.   

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Who Needs Medi-Care? Let A Small Man Crawl Inside You, Because It Helped Matt!

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
No brainier alert. No brainier alert. No brainier alert. Without a shadow of a doubt, this comic book is none other than the 1966 science fiction epic 'Fantastic Voyage'. Just click on the video below to see what I mean.  




FINAL thoughts...
Now if you don't want to read how this issue ends please click away now. But if you could not give a toss please continue reading.

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What the f*ck is going on? Huh? I thought that we left depressing Matt behind in the previous series! We don't want to see him back now, do we? Also, why does Foggy want to bring him back, all because he saw Matt's fathers bones hidden somewhere in his office?

Well, by now Foggy should be used to all of Matt's superhero carry-on, that it should be like water off of a ducks back to him.  

Quack-Quack!

However, whilst saying that, I am sure that writer on a mission, Mark Waid, has an agenda in mind with this plot. An agenda I am very interested in following.

MARKS out of 10? 9