DAREDEVIL #34

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[ STEP AWAY FROM THE SALE
Wanted. Dead or Alive. Blind vigilantly dressed head to toe in tight-fitting red-spandex. Answers to the name 'Hey you' or 'Wannabe Doctor Midnight'. If you know anything about this man, please contact Mark Waid, Javier Rodriguez, Chris Samnee, or the Publisher: Marvel Comics, in December, 2013. Your co-operation would be duly noted.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'The Devil Went Down To Kentucky'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: After he has a rather pleasant chat with Dr. Strange back at his pad, Daredevil hatches a cunning plan where he teams-up with D.A. Kirsten McDuffie, and together, they broadcast the following message over the air-waves -- 'Listen up, you Sons of a Serpent, SOB's! If you don't give us the Jester, we will destroy your Darkhold ledger, right here, right now. Got it?' -- Or words to that effect. 
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Yeah. I'd say they were. More or less. Despite Kirsten getting a might too carried away with herself on the megaphone.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Yeah. My cousin Peter rang me up whilst I was reading this issue, and that pissed me off no end. The git.
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With Kirsten handing Daredevil her phone, and saying to him in the process 'Matt, it's your office. Something about Foggy'.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Even though I thought it was kind of long-winded in execution, that's not to say I didn't enjoy following most of Kirsten's additional diatribe, especially during that 'tagged-on broadcast scene' where she announced...

'The Sons of the Serpent -- they want you angry at the world. They need us all to feel like victims. And it's an easy get, because times suck. Every day is a battle. We all feel that we are at the wrong end of a wrecking ball. We feel at the mercy of forces beyond our control, and that makes us scared. And that's rocket fuel for S.O.B.'s like the Serpents. They prey on us when we are frightened. They tell us our enemies are the immigrants down the street. And the food stamp family next door. Except its not. We don't become empowered, we become weaponized'.

OK. I know that I could go on and on with this, but I think by now you've got the basic gist of what I am trying to say by reading this amazing passage. This very thought provoking and decent amazing passage.

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) Damn you Mark, Javier, and Chris! Why do you always do this to me all the time? Why do you always produce such a pitch perfect parable I can't find the words within myself to praise it as much as I would like?  Do you hate me so much that you create a cracking comic every single month just to piss me off? If so, pals, you've gone it once again, by presenting a very flirtatious and adventurous escapade that can't be beat in my eyes. Damn you.
(+) Oh! While I'm on the subject of flirtation, My God, those scenes between Matt and Kirsten were so-so sexy to saunter through, that even I could smell the testosterone wafting off of the pages. Hmmm. That gives me an idea for later.
(+) Something else about this story I enjoyed was the inclusion of Matt's old pal, Nate Hackett, and how he helped him build that machine to broadcast Matt's 'ransom demands' for the 'Sons of the Serpents' to hear. Welcome back, Nate. Great to have you on board this book once again.
(+)  The only aspect in this issue I'm kind of unsure about, was that whole scenario where Matt unveiled his true identity to Kirsten. Now I'm not trying to imply that I didn't like this revelation. And I'm not trying to imply that I did like this revelation either. What I'm trying to say is... hmmm... let's wait and see how this plays out, OK? 

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) Now if I had to pick some about this adventure I wasn't too keen on, it would have be that scene where Matt had a chat with Doctor Strange, because all it was; was a reclassification of the events which transpired last issue. Apart from that, though -- nah! -- this book was bloody brilliant. Hands down.

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, or add and extra dimension to it by default?
'HOLIDAY' BY GREEN DAY: One of the main reasons why I've compared this funky-tune to this funky-tale is because at one point or another, they both use a loud-megaphone. Simple as that really.




If this story gave off a scent, what ODOUR would it be and why?
TESTOSTERONE: Well, it is medically proven fact that this masculine aroma is able to attract the opposite sex. Right, fellers? And there was a lot of that going on in this very action packed yet flirtatious comic book. Sniff-Sniff! Or then again, maybe it was just wind.
  
What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'Give us your bloody money' -- Bob Geldof

ANYTHING Else?
Oh, dear. I was dreading writing this section even before I picked-up this great issue of 'Daredevil'. I mean, what can I say about it that I haven't said previously? I can't abase it because it's an amazing book. I can't come up with a hypothesis as to why Marvel is going to reboot it because I've done it already. And I can't poke fun out of it because it's too good and too satirical a read.

Oh! Wait up! I just thought of something. I can tell you how many racist people there are around the world!

No. On second thoughts that would be a bloody terrible idea. Who would want to know more about racist people? All they ever do it pick on a creed of individuals and then denigrate them to make themselves feel better.

Hey! Trust me, folks. I myself am a bloody foreigner from foreign decent. And I know all too well from first hand experience how racism can affect a society and a way of life. 

A couple of years ago I was walking down the street after my Nan passed away, and a friend of my Dad's came up to me and said, 'Hey! Thank God you're family aren't English. Or otherwise you would have carted your Nan off to an old people home to snuff it'.

Granted. What my Dad's friend said wasn't very cruel to me or my folks directly. But still, the sentiment was there. The icy sentiment of bigotry that runs very deep in some cultures and some counties.

Anyway. That's enough of that methinks. All I have left to say is that this issue of 'Daredevil' was a perfect read. The art was spot-on. The tale was both engrossing and flirtatious. And overall I can't wait to find out what's going to happen next month.

Nuff said.