With his best friend in hospital, and with his old bully friend shot at his feet, what the hell can Daredevil do with himself now? Dance? Prance? Or what about a little romance? Yeah. Something you will defiantly not see in this smashing story created by Mark Waid, and Javier Rodríguez Published by Marvel Comics, in June, 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Shooting In Courthouse'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: Mere moments after the Judge shoots Matt's client in court, revealing that he and the other men around him are all members of the Serpent Society, suddenly the police come tumbling in, prompting Matt to secretly suit up and capture the culprits involved.
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Nope. I'm not saying anything. Anything except that an explosive time was had by one and all.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Daredevil finds it difficult to figuring out who the good guys are from the bad.
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With a surprise visitor popping up at Matt's law office.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Although the sentence in itself made me cringe as soon as he said it, I've got to admit, I did like the snivelling little way that the Judge snidely slurred into Matt's ear...

'Go ahead, blind man, tell the police what you "saw"'

... as this sentence just screamed for a punch in the face, right comic book fans? Say no more.

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) Mark and Javier have done it again, folks. They have created the perfect issue with the perfect story complemented by the perfect art. I mean, how many times have you seen 'bad guys' posing as judges and then killing their intended target in a courthouse, just before the police quarantine the whole building? This scenario doesn't happen very often, does it? OK. So maybe I can recollect one or two old school movies that might have a similar premise. But nothing recently. And defiantly nothing from the comic books.
(+) Now if you did what I did in this tale -- and put yourself into Matt's very own shoes -- I bet you anything you'd have a heart attack before you reached the end of it. Well, for a start, you can't tell the difference from the good guys or the bag guys. Secondly, you're trapped in a court house. Thirdly, you're trying to keep your own duality a secret. And fourthly, you're trying to protect a wounded victim whilst all of this is going on. Ouch. Heart attack city next stop!
(+) As implied by my previous statement, the situation posed by this escapade was so intense and so dire; half of me suspected that the great Alfred Hitchcock himself devised this entire storyline. Yeah. I'm not pissing about. The suspense on offer was almost tangible. Tactile to the touch. Having that 'what the f*ck' quality about it, that kept me on tenderhooks from the very beginning to the very end. Hmmm. But then again...

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) The only aspect about this adventure I wasn't too keen on was how the overall tale eventually resolved itself. By in large it was build-up, build-up, build-up, and then it was freeze frame, resolution, and conclusion. Like an episode of 'Law and Order' without the drum-roll. Hmm. That reminds me of something else.

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to SOMETHING YOU CAN BUY ON EBAY .
A JUDGE'S WIG AS THE JUDGE: Yes. You can buy a judge's wig on ebay. A fake judge's wig, agreed. But then again that would be very appropriate where this specific comparison is concerned.

A KINKY POLICEWOMAN'S UNIFORM AS THE NICE LADY POLICE OFFICER: Hey! I can't help myself. Can I? As soon as I saw this pocket PC I immediately thought 'She can arrest me any time she wants to'.

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal' -- Albert Schweitzer

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
THE THEME TUNE FROM 'LAW AND ORDER UK':  Alright. I know that this comparison may sound fairly obvious at face value. But it's not you know. No way Jose. Both this tune and this tale posses an additional regimental vibe that's stoic, bold, and pretty decent to follow.

There was something Matt said in this great story that got me to thinking, 'If his radar senses gives him the ability to have peripheral vision, what job would test this ability to the max?'. You know. Maybe he could be...

  • A crossing guard -- To help little Johnny and small Sally cross the very busy high-street.
  • A Shepherd -- So he can usher flossy and sandy back to the paddock without any fuss or bother.
  • A Political Minister -- Never needing to worry if one of his colleagues will stab him in the back at any given moment.
  • An Air Traffic Controller -- F*ck c*mputers. He'll guide the planes down to safety all by himself.  
  • A Porn Star -- With a penchant for working with more than one actress at the same time.
  • A Film Director -- Not only can he see what's going on in front of him, but he'll also be able to hear the actors moaning from a distance.
  • A P.A. For Lindsay Lohan -- Because they say she has a thing for people who can cover her back.

Anyway. That's enough of my sh*t for this month, folks. All I have left to say is that this issue of 'Daredevil' was nigh on perfect. The art was top-notch. The story was top-whack. And the only thing letting it down was that its conclusion was a bit top-heavy.

Nuff said. 

DAREDEVIL #29 DAREDEVIL #29 Reviewed by David Andrews on August 19, 2013 Rating: 5
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