In times of old, a Jester would perform numerous tricks, japes, and larks, in front of the lord of the manor. In more modern times, though, a Jester is a right pain in the ass who wants to kick the living sh*t out of whoever he wants to. For example, he could slap and kick Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, plus Javier Rodriguez, in front of the Publisher: Marvel Comics, sometime in September, 2013. POW!!!!! See.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Legal Aid'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: When Matt Murdock hears an honourable D.A. instigating gang violence against twelve jurors on the TV, he suspects fowl play, forcing him to figure out what the hell is actually going on!
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Well, let's just say that Hank Pym and a D.A.'s overcoat both lend a helping hand, shall we? I don't want to say too much. Otherwise I will spoil the joke.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Foggy Nelson spreads some cheer and love in the cancer hospital he's attending. Bless his cotton socks.  
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With a man hanging around at the Jesters apartment.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
The way this issue opened was truly magical to say the least. It began with a fractured montage sequence depicting cancer patience receiving parcels from Foggy. Complemented with a letter that stated...

'To my fellow cancer fighters. Today, it is my turn to lead the discussion group. So please accept my gift. I wish to tell you how important it is to stay courageous in this fight. See you a 2:00. Yrs, Foggy.'

Ahhh. Now doesn't that just scream class to you, dear reader?

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) They've done it again, folks. Mark, Chris, and Javier have created another perfect issue of 'Daredevil'. Wow! What an amazing story. With an interesting dilemma I can't wait to read more of, plus some racial unrest instigated by a costumed villain! Ka-Pow! What a combo that is.
(+) Those Daredevil T-Shirts Foggy gave the other cancer patience was a screams I tell you. A right funny scream. Ha!
(+) I loved that scene were Matt rang up Hank and asked him to call Thor for some help. I personally feel that it's scenes like these that really ground this book. Giving the overall tone and feel of it a much more humane perspective. Smashing. Really-really smashing.
(+) Now if you're a big fan of such films as Mississippi Burning, you'll really dig the conceptual premise behind this tale: A trickster igniting racial hatred in a case that seems very circumspect on the surface. Hmm. Say no more.

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) Well, there was... err... no. OK. How about that thing where.... hmmm... no. Not that either. Damn. I can't fault this book one little bit. Double-damn. I blame the government.

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to A REAL-LIFE HISTORICAL FIGURE.
JOHNNIE COCHRAN AS D.A. JAMES PREIST: Hey! This one is a no-brainier. These two men are both African-American lawyers with one hell of a track record.

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL AS DAREDEVIL: Hey! This one is a no-brainer too! These two heroes wear red and help the needy. Case closed.

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'Shootouts are not gunfights of honor, they're gang wars and racial riots' -- Jessica Savitch

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'WAR' BY EDWIN STARR: OK. So basically this tale is a mixture of joviality, racial mistrust, and a riot amongst the masses. Therefore, why not mix them all together and compare the end product to this rather frivolous yet funky anthem?

Can someone from DC Comics please pick up and read this book? Come on. One of you money grabbing gits must be able to find the time to check out this title, just to see what Marvel are doing right, and DC are doing wrong.

Stories need telling. Not massive cross-over events that will fade away as soon as they begin. The readers need something on the racks that they can associate with on a personal level.

Alright. I know that 'mixing it up' can be good for a series at times. There is no doubt about that. It's just sometimes good old fashioned storytelling is key in producing a memorable book that'll resonate for more than the ten minutes it took reading it.

Anyway. That's enough of my rant for this month, folks. All I have left to say is that this issue of 'Daredevil' was top class overall. The story was both intriguing and grounded. The art complemented the story and the characters. And all in all I can't wait to see what Mark, Chris, and Javier have in store for us next month.

Nuff said.

DAREDEVIL #31 DAREDEVIL #31 Reviewed by David Andrews on October 14, 2013 Rating: 5
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