Spiderman. Spiderman. Does whatever Daredevil can. Does the splits. Has true Grits. And always crochets before he knits. Look out - here comes the Spidermaaaaaaann! Or else just read something cobbled together by the Writer: Mark Waid; the Artists: Chris Samnee and Paolo Rivera; plus Publisher: Marvel Comics in February 2013.

Out of the following 6 scenarios, which 2 have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with this STORY entitled, 'Dock Ock Dead'?
  1. So there he was -- Matt Murdock -- trying his best to make ends meet, when suddenly, out of nowhere, he is attacked by...
  2. ... his old pal, Spiderman, because D.A. Kirsten McDuffie told him to...
  3. ... plus his filmic-counterpart, Ben Affleck, because Kirsten Dunst told him to too.
  4. Furthermore, to make this situation totally bonkers, the Stilt Man then shows up, prompting these combatants to investigate matters further.
  5. Don't fret though, dear reader, during this escapade, faith, understanding, and a couple cracked bones are eventually popped and nurtured, resulting in a resolution of sorts between Matt, his attacker, Foggy Nelson...
  6. ... and the news that a fourth Batman film is in production starring Kevin Smith.

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Now there were two really great sections of dialogue I loved reading in this issue. One was the introductory monologue by Matt -- and the other one involves Matt and Foggy's concluding conversation together. But because I don't want to spoil anything, I'll just paraphrase Matt's introduction on its own...

'Being blind, here are my questions about how I handle money. Yes, it is a pain that American currency is of a uniform size regardless of denomination. Used to be, because of my super-enhanced senses, I could read a bill by touch. But each advance in printing and counterfeiting technology makes that more difficult. There are smartphone apps that can identify bills though photography. Slow, but helpful. To make on better time, I still rely on the old folding method. Ones flat... fins folded... sawbucks lengthwise... twenties quartered'.

Please note: because I have existing knowledge about this subject matter myself, it was nice to see it illustrated in the way that it was. Very clear. And very pithy.  

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Hmmm? That's difficult to answer. Because this adventure had a lot going for it. For example: (1) A Spiderman / Daredevil team-up is always a good thing in my book. (2) The retro-inspired protagonist, Stilt Man, really complemented this tale to a tea. (3) The resolution wasn't overtly contrived and made sense within the framework of this comic inspired universe. And (4) It had a final page conclusion that screamed into my face 'the best is yet to come'.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
Forget about it. I can't answer this question because this tale hardly had any faults in it what so ever. Nothing. Well, nothing except for the occasional 'flat' pencil-work; or how easily Spidey was willing to jump onto Daredevil's bones. But even then, that's nothing to complain about, is it?

What was the most INNOVATIVE thing about this issue?
In the scene where Daredevil tries to focus his senses -- so he is able to 'inspect' Stilt Man's fight with Spiderman -- I did enjoy the very creative way Chris Samnee illustrated Matt's thought processes in a surrealist caption form.  

POW! Talk about thinking 'out of the box'. I loved how Chris drew this 'segment' using a rather blaze color pallet and a sixties inspired style; which complemented the overall tone of this tale. Also, his Spiderman was very Ditko inspired too, and his 'Stilt Man splash page' was a right sight for saw eyes. Class.

Pick TWO CHARACTERS out this comic book, and compare them individually to a SIMPSONS CAST MEMBER.
SPIDER PIG as SPIDERMAN: Look at the picture provided and then tell me what I am thinking. Hmm? What's that? Yes. That's correct. Bacon. Ahhhhhh Baaaacoooon!

PROFESSOR FRINK as STILT MAN: Well... galvin... if you add the constellation of the circumference... blublublu... to the neutron field of... boooo.... anything else? Hoo-eeee!

What WORD or PHRASE could you use to sum-up this story?
'A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down' -- Arnold H. Glasow

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
Whilst I was reading this adventure a Beatles song suddenly popped into my mind; mainly because of the good time I was having reading it. Now the song in question is very lyrical in nature, and goes by the name of 'Getting Better All The Time'.

Say no more.  

By reading what I've just said -- up above -- I'm pretty damn sure you can guess what my feelings are towards this 'Daredevil' comic book.  I love it. No. It's more than that. It's something else like 'enamoured' -- or 'in ore' -- or 'adulated'.

Honestly, every time I have this title in the palm of my hands a small part of me is slightly scared, as I don't know if my own expectations will cloud my own judgement. 'Can this be better than last time?' I muse. 'Will this story be the one that signals the beginning of the end?' I continue. But generally these questions are normally abated within the first couple of pages or so. Ka-Pow!

You're a great writer, Mark Waid. And you're a great artist, Chris Samnee. Thanks for the wild ride so far. Please, keep it up.

GIVE IT, IT'S DUES: If this comic was any better, it would have to be made out of pure Gold and given away for free. Nuff said.

DAREDEVIL #22 DAREDEVIL #22 Reviewed by David Andrews on January 31, 2013 Rating: 5
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