DAREDEVIL #20

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[ DEVILISH DEALS
Will the Coyote get the better of Matt? Can the villain make the hero go splat? Or is this a double-bluff? Like a blind man whose buff. Not unlike a character from the video game, 'Mortal Kombat'. Oh! That reminds me. I best get my controllers back from Writer: Mark Waid; Artist: Chris Samnee; plus Publisher: Marvel Comics in December 2012.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Whilst Daredevils detached-head stalls the Coyote with conversation and mirth, Daredevil's detached-body goes in search for the machine that is making it possible for this teleporting bad-guy to do this to him.

Yeah. No word of a lie. That's how this third part of 'NYsCene' kicks off.

  • But how does this adventure continue though? With A.D.A. Kirsten McDuffie informing her bosses that Matt is mad perhaps?  Or what about a past-tale of the Coyote's drug-smuggling and human-trafficking antics?
  • Yeah. That sounds about right.
  • Let's just hope that Matt's body can get to the Coyote's machine in time, huh? As you know the old saying -- sometimes turn around is fair play!

DIABLO! COYOTE!

To be continued when a bunch of hostages go bonkers...

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Honest to Kirby, I got a right buzz when Daredevil switched into 'Lawyer mode' whilst in the Coyote's captive, mussing to himself with -- 'Press him. You've got him positioned. Don't let the witness leave the stand'.

Ka-POW! Talk about two jobs being better than one! Huh?

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
As much as I want to reserve what I'm about to say for the 'creative' section of my review, I can't help but state for the record that the best thing about this issue is it's creativity. Well, a hero's head stalling whilst the hero's body does all the leg work? And what about how the belly's of pregnant women were being used to house teleported drugs and people in? Wow! Mark Waid -- you are a creative genius. 

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
My only slight gripe with this yarn would be that the 'Kirsten McDuffie sub-plot' never added anything to the overall tale. It came. It did its thing. Then it pissed off in a flutter of an eye-lash.

Still, never did any harm, huh?

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: As I mentioned previously, all the creative story elements within this book are out of this world. Never in my life have I seen this type of surrealist and satirical edge impregnated into comic before. It's marvelous to see creators create for a change, without the need of a publisher sticking the word 'new' in front of it.

Hint-Hint!

ART: By the issue, Chris Samnee's artwork is starting to look more and more like a combination of Steve Ditko's, Gene Colan's, Will Eisner's, and Michael Avon Oeming's artwork, mixed together, distilled, and then presented onto the page for all to see.

Just take a look at how Chris handled Daredevils decapitated-head for instance. It didn't look gruesome, did it? It looked kind of like a Saturday Morning cartoon made in the sixties done in a noir style.

Smashing job, Chris. Please keep it up.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
DAREDEVIL: Continuing this month's comedic casting-call theme, I thought it would be a good idea for the analytical gag-man, Doug Stanhope, to play this heroic blind-layer. Well, he has to be better than Ben Affleck, right?

COYOTE: Maybe this is just me, but I have a strangle inkling that this teleporting villain might sounds a bit like Emo Philip. If not. He bloody well should.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
My Vision May Be Blurred, But That Doesn't Mean My Body Doesn't Know What It's Doing.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Due to the fact that this adventure is about a head working in conjunction with it's aloft frame, why not compare it to this very child-like rhyme involving bodily functions.




See? It makes sense, doesn't it?

FINAL thoughts...
Dear People Who Collect String at Marvel Comics,

Hello. I was wondering if you could put down your sting for a moment or two, and try to think about how good this series really is. It's bold. It's innovative. It looks pretty. And the only other comic book that can compete with this series is DC's maiden 'Batman' title.

Yeah. It's that good. So good in fact that at times I find it very difficult to say anything bad about it. I want to be constructive you see. But I can't be constructive when the constructors are just marvelous at what they are doing!

I tell you what, string-collectors. Tie up Mark and Chris, and let's see if they can produce a great book next month without the use of their hands. Go on. I give you some more sting as a reward.

Love, Light, And Peace -- The Reviewer

MARKS out of 10? 9