Now listen here, young man. How many times do I have to tell you to read the following comic book Created by: Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, and Published by Marvel in September, 2014? Once? Twice? Three times? Oh! I don't get children nowadays! They're so purple.

To QUOTE LaToya Jackson: 'I can't say its not painful being estranged from most of my family. I wish it could be otherwise'.

After reading this installment of Daredevil I've found out the following four facts about Matt Murdock. One: He loves spending time with his girlfriend, Kirsten Mcduffie. Two: He can't tell the difference between a lama and an alpaca. Three: He's not a big reader. And say's so to Kirsten's estranged father when he offers him a large chunk of change to write his own autobiography. And Four: He's stunned to hear that the Purple Man has suddenly abducted his own children.

Oh! Wait a minute! You do know who the Purple Man is, don't you? Well, he's a former spy called Killgrave, and in the past he's used his 'powers of persuasion' to get women pregnant and then kidnap his kids once they've all reached a certain age.

You know. The right age to catch a -- SKREEEEEECHHHH!!!!! -- speeding train.

Now if this comic book was a woman I'd take it out to dinner and propose marriage. Just don't tell my girlfriend, OK? She thinks I'm mad enough as is it.

But seriously though, folks; there's so much I loved about this issue I don't know where to begin. Chris' cartoon-like artwork literary leaped out of the page, and showed to me how versatile he is as an illustrator. For instance, at the start of this story there's a moody sequence which is fairly noir-ish in tone. And then, in the very next scene, he managed to bring a livelier hue to the story that wasn't there before.

And as for the actual story on the other hand, wow, what a blinder that was! I loved how casually Matt and Kirsten were together in their opening scene. I loved how Matt kept on trying to suss out Kirsten's Dad and his cougar wife whilst they were having dinner on his boat. And as for how this tale came to a close -- Ka-Pow! -- home-run, baby! That whole segment with Killgrave and his purple kids just blew me away. Especially how clinically he explained to them how he got their mothers pregnant and... errr... yadda-yadda-yada. Wink-Wink!

Now the only thing I didn't really like about this narrative was how it was structured. Well, in a rather suspenseful manner it started off conveying the Purple man sub-plot, and then took quite a bit of time before Matt and this sub-plot finally butted heads. Of course I'm not trying to imply that the lead up to this event wasn't satisfactory. Far from it. It's just from my point of view it was slightly -- very-very slightly -- tedious to wait for this strand of the story to eventually kick in.

I felt that at the very heart of this adventure was the notion of an estranged family. So with that in mind, dear reader, how can I not musically pair it up with 'A Family Affair'? A soul classic sung by 'Sly & The Family Stone'.

Josef Fritzl was the Australian scumbag who kidnapped and attacked his own daughter. And so for fairly obvious reasons that is why I'm going to compare this comic book to this creep.

Say no more.

At the very end of this adventure Killgrave's children did something rather surprising to him that caught me completely off guard. So just for fun, can you guess what it is out of the following eight scenarios? I mean, could they have...

  1. Explained to him that purple is the Jokers color, and not his.
  2. Nudged him in front of an alpaca.
  3. Grabbed a handful of rocks and then started throwing them at him.  
  4. Told him that they wanted at least ten year's worth of backdated Birthday presents.
  5. Showed him how much they loved him by asking for an Ipad each
  6. Pushed him in front of a train.
  7. Started to sing 'A Family Affair' by Sly & The Family Stone.
  8. Slept peacefully by his feet, even though they chopped them off beforehand.

Nuff said. 

DAREDEVIL #8 DAREDEVIL #8 Reviewed by David Andrews on September 30, 2014 Rating: 5
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