Last month I made a huge mistake with one of my tweets on twitter. I was thanking Ron Garney for following me back, and in so doing I thought I'd tell him how much I liked his previous work on the solo 'Hulk' title and 'The Book of Fate'. Problem was, he never drew 'The Book of Fate'; that was Ron Wagner, so in essence, I got my Ron's mixed up. Still, at least Mister Garney took my missive on the chin and managed to finish off the following issue, one created by Charles Soule, Ron Wagner, and published by Marvel Comics. It's September, 2016, and it's time for me to make another mistake.

TO QUOTE Andy Stanley: 'Greed is not a financial issue. It's a heart issue'.

Last months Daredevil focused on Matt and Blindspot discovering a surrealist mural which was painted with the blood of 112 victims. Obviously, by the end of the book, both D & B reported this crime to the police, and they, in turn, processed the crime scene with the intent of finding the culprit, now labelled Vincent Van Gross.

(Ouch! What a silly name!)

Problem is, the inadvertent owner of this mural, a businessman who goes by the name of Mister Durnin, wants to charge people money to come inside his premises to see it, and doesn't care less about who he upsets in the process, most notably, Councilwoman Andrea Pearson, who's niece was one of the victims associated with this tragic case.

Taking this to heart, Andrea contacts someone at the law office so they can legally put a stop to this dubious endeavour, and in so doing the case is then quickly handed to, surprise-surprise, Matt Murdock.

While this is going on, there is another sub-plot which involves a mysterious figure killing people with super-human powers. Now it isn't quite clear if this killer is associated with Matt's current case or something else entirely, as the only thing I can say about it is that, yeah, some people die and certain situations are set up, but apart from the brief mention of 'a Terrigen cloud transforming human's into inhuman's', that's about it for now. Nice issue, great ideas, but nothing else that's of major importance.

That said, however, I did like reading that part of the book where Matt was seemingly defending Mister Durnin's point of view! I mean, should we, as a society, only agree with hiding crimes if they profit people we don't like? Should we take down any exhibits that help promote a war, a serial killer, or a tragic event, just because the person behind it is a complete and utter tosser?  

My take on this matter is a pretty simple one really. I think Mister Durnin should wait a while before cashing in on this crime, allowing some time to pass and for people to heal before sticking dollar signs in his eyes. After all, it's only human, both the need to earn money as well as helping to promote a notable event! People come first, cash second, yet I'm afraid to say that this isn't always the case. Maybe something needs to happen to Mister Durnin before he can understand this principle? Next issue perhaps? Hmm? Maybe?

Great art. Simple story. I just hope next month has more substance to it.

One of the aspects I deliberately failed to mention in my review revolved around a scene where Matt spoke to his old pal, Foggy Nelson. And the reason why I did this, dear reader, is because I want to now tell you what I thought of that scene, in musical form. So take it away, Coldplay, with your ballad, 'Yellow'.

Something else I failed to mention was what I thought about the bad-guy who revealed himself on the very last page. Well, is it just me, or don't you think he looks like a white rabbit with red eyes? 

To me he does. Both he and the conceptual essence of the story of course. They appear rather nice on the surface, yet at the same time they look slightly sinister underneath.

At the very end of this issue some of the characters discover that a sentence has been written on top of the bloody mural. So, for the sake of a syringe, can you guess what that sentence is out of the following eight options? Could it be...

  1. Lenny Was Here.
  2. Supreme Leader Snoke Is In Fact A Cabbage.
  3. Whoever Smelt It, Dealt It.
  4. Bring Back Mark Waid And Chris Samnee.
  5. You're Only As Good As Your Last Performance.
  6. The Juwes Are The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing.
  7. Please Don't Urinate Here.
  8. I Love Chocolate.
Nuff said.

DAREDEVIL #11 DAREDEVIL #11 Reviewed by David Andrews on September 27, 2016 Rating: 5

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