Have you ever wondered what it would be like if everyone forgot who you were? If so, then wonder no more! Because in this very comic book, this one created by Charles Soule, Ron Garney, and published by Marvel, we get to find out how to go about doing this. It's March, 2017, and its time for Daredevil in review.

TO QUOTE the writer of Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk: 'The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up'.

At the end of the series before last -- no, not the last series, the one preceding that -- Matt Murdock decided to change his life by telling the world he was the masked vigilante, Daredevil, which surprisingly enough, seemed to turn out for the best. Now I say this because his closest friend Foggy Nelson successfully beat cancer, and on top of that, he also fell in love with the pretty D.A., Kirsten McDuffie. 

However, not everything turned out all flowers and roses for his new status quo. When Matt outed himself he unfortunately caused his role as a lawyer to change from practicing to non-practicing, largely due to him being a masked hero. Worst still, his life suddenly changed again when two super villains abruptly entered his life.

The first one was a crazy psychotic woman called Typhoid Mary, who burnt down his house, which prompted Matt to move from San Francisco to New York City with his other half. While the second villain was that big lumbering brute, Tombstone, who decided to press charge's against Matt when he successfully put a stop to one of his kidnapping attempts.

So, feeling somewhat frustrated by these turn of events, Matt comes up with a plan to make the world forget who he is. And how does he do that exactly? Well, he pay's someone a visit: Someone who can help him, and someone I don't want to mention for the sake of spoilers. Yet what I will say is that overall I liked this issue an awful lot. 

For one thing, I loved Ron Garney's artwork. Not only was it a pleasure to see him back on this book again, but I also enjoyed his Frank Miller inspired etchings which were complimented by Matt Milla's moody color pallet. Just look at the images provided and you can see exactly what I mean by this.

As for the actual story, on the other hand, on the whole I rather enjoyed following Matt's journey from San Francisco to New York City. One part of it was very logically told (from point A to point C via point B). Another part of the plot gave Matt's motivations some much needed depth (you've got to love a montage sequence). Where as the third part bonded these two aspects together, aided with a touch of good old fashioned adventuring (Pow-Bang-Slap!).

What I felt needed a little more work, though, kind of boils down to Matt wanting to be a lawyer again. As much as I can sympathize with his dilemma, and yes, enjoy how it was told, at the same time this aspect of the story came across slightly stilted in the telling, almost as if it had to be his main motivation without it being a part of his motivation. Know what I mean?

Either way, overall this issue of Daredevil was a pretty good read. The artwork was moody, the story was simple yet expansive, and touch wood, fingers crossed, I can't wait to see what is going to happen next month.  

For this months musical match-up I'd like to partner this comic with the Elbow song, Forget Myself, because, you know, reasons.

I compared last month's episode of Daredevil to 'a confessional' because at the time it seemed like the right thing to do. Problem is, I want to do the same thing again for this month's comparison, but don't want to for the sake of repeating myself. So, just to change it up a bit, how about I compare it to a counselling session, simply because, you know, reasons, Ha!

At the very end of this issue Matt meets someone who I think can help him with his dilemma, namely, make the world forget who he is. So, for the sake of amnesia, can you guess who this person is out of the following eight characters seen in this story? Could it be...

  1. Emma Frost: Nice tits.
  2. Doctor Strange: Good movie, weird cape.
  3. The Purple Children: Who had a spray tan that went horribly, horribly, wrong.
  4. The Silver Surfer: The only person I know that can look at himself without the use of a mirror.
  5. The Hulk: He also has nice tits.
  6. Damien Hellstrom: Unfortunately he has a problem combing his hair because the comb keeps on melting.
  7. The Punisher: Also known as Donald Trumps' wet dream.  
  8. Typhoid Mary: Can I say nice tits again?
Nuff said.

DAREDEVIL #17 DAREDEVIL #17 Reviewed by David Andrews on March 21, 2017 Rating: 5

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