June of 2015 was a very sad time for the characters which starred in this comic book. Not because Mark Waid was writing it. And not because Chris Samnee was drawing it! It's because Marvel Comics decided to print it on edible paper and allowed very fat and hungry delivery drivers to... errr... how can I put this? Consume it? One vowel at a time.

To QUOTE somebody who's already dead: 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend'.

Now I'm sure you've followed a story-line where you presumed the majority of it was comprised of people talking to each other. You know, one of those all-talking issues where we see a good guy speaking to a bad guy, a best-friend speaking to a love-interest, and a, surprise-surprise, token villain speaking to a token villains long lost daughter.

Well, guess what? That is exactly how I would describe this issue. It's an all talking issue: One where we see Matt trying to make a pact with his old foe, Wilson Fisk, with the intention of helping to save Daredevils close friends from an impending attack made by the Owl and his henchmen.

Now don't get me wrong. We don't only get a basic set-up and a lot of talking from this adventure. On top of that we also get a magnificent closing scene that was so titivating to follow, I'm afraid to say I can't really say too much about it or else I may spoil the surprise.

I mean, how can I explain to you the sight I saw without giving the game away? Oh! Wait a minute. I got an idea. Try to imagine Daredevil's world turning into shit when all of his worse nightmares are brought to life. And then, once you've done that, next try to imagine these side-splitting scenes illustrated by the main man himself, Chris Samnee, in that film-noir-ish way of his.

You got that? Good. As this reminds me; this is a very good issue of Daredevil! (Oi! Don't groan. It's not easy writing these things you know). In fact, I thought this adventure was so good, I'd go so far as to say that it made me wonder if the next creative team can even manage to follow it. So far Mark and Chris has raised the bar so high I'm afraid whoever follows them may need a pair of stilts to even attempt to grasp at their heals.

Let's face it. How is their run going to end? Will it end with a revitalized Matt free from a not so secret, secret-identity? Or alternatively, will Matt be able to hide his secret-identity with some help from heroes like Doctor Strange or even the Kingpin?

Stay tuned. As next issue starts the beginning of the end. Oh boy. It's going to be good.

Once you've read this tale you can't help but feel some sympathy for Matt and the situation he's been placed in. And so, when I put it in those terms, I've got to musically match it up to the Rolling Stone song, 'Sympathy For The Devil'.

Now without giving too much away, there was a scene in this book where Matt, the Shroud, and the Owls daughter, all rush off to the airport to retrieve a character that everyone wants to get their hands on. And to me, when I saw this scene it reminded me of another scene depicted in the film, 'The Untouchables'. A scene which involved another character everyone wanted to get their hands on. An accountant. Say no more.

Half way through this book there was a sequence where Wilson Fisk showed Matt Murdock his art collection, one which housed a number of paintings that all illustrate exactly the same thing. So, out of the following eight options, can you guess what this same thing actually was? Was it...

  1. Indignant images of an indignant Al Capone.
  2. A melee of Mohawk montages'.
  3. Provocative portrait's of a potato.
  4. Carefully crafted carbon copies of carbon.
  5. Expressive artwork demonstrating the many different way's of killing Daredevil.  
  6. A number of projected images that digitally reproduce Wilson Fisk in the buff.
  7. Many varying egg effigies made in Turkey.
  8. Every album cover ever made that shows a monkey playing a guitar.  
Nuff said.

DAREDEVIL #16 DAREDEVIL #16 Reviewed by David Andrews on July 07, 2015 Rating: 5
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