Daredevil #7: Another Great Issue of the Best Superhero Comic Out There

‘Tis the season for near-death snowbound car accidents caused by runaway deer, I guess. Daredevil, in his guise as Matt Murdock, is taking a group of at-risk blind students on a camping trip. Their bus skids off the road in a blizzard, and Matt has to lead the kids to safety while suffering the effects of a head injury.

Daredevil #7 cover

I really love how writer Mark Waid incorporates Matt’s blindness in every possible way. It’s no longer something that he puts on as part of his secret identity or a visual shorthand of sunglasses and a cane — instead, there are a number of key facts revealed through his greater acuity. On the first story page, for example, Matt is aware that their bus driver is lying to him because he can hear his pulse rate increasing.

Waid’s also particularly creative in finding environments that actually challenge Matt’s super-senses; in this case, it’s a snowstorm, which acts the same way radar chaff does in confusing the signals he’s receiving. Artist Paolo Rivera is also at the top of his game, with striking and distinctive images — Matt’s suit, shredded during the accident, revealing bits of his Daredevil costume — and layouts, as when he captures the chaos of a vehicle crash through various inset panels.

Waid’s dialogue is stunning, clever and revealing. I particularly liked the flashback quips about Iron Man — but I always like Marvel characters being light-hearted about Iron Man, because that’s the personality I like for that character. More importantly, this comic shows Daredevil being heroic in a truly unexpected fashion. Instead of Man vs. Villain, as we see so often in superhero comics, this is Man vs. Nature. The relentless cold is a much more implacable foe than even the Kingpin, and while I enjoyed the last couple of issues and their big bad supervillain conflicts, this one was even scarier.

I was totally involved in the story, feeling like I got more than my money’s worth, only halfway through the book. There were lots more surprises to come, some shocking — the revelation about the gasoline — and some wonderfully reassuring — nope, no spoilers here. It’s even quietly seasonal, with a reminder of the season of hope.

11 Responses to “Daredevil #7: Another Great Issue of the Best Superhero Comic Out There”

  1. Dean Peterson Says:

    I really don’t have that much to add to your review Jo, but this is easily my favorite Marvel comic right now!

  2. Johanna Says:

    Mine too! It’s neat to read something so well done, something that explores danger and grit but is still ultimately positive.

  3. James Schee Says:

    Huh the first time I read it, I didn’t even realize the kids were supposed to be blind too. I thought the scene wher he covered their eyes was not just to protect them from the weather but for his ID as well.

    It has been such an interesting run so far, I never really cared much for DD before. I had enjoyed a Rucka written take on him and Elektra in the Ultimate line, but this has really brought me in. The single issues are worth me getting, as they are worthwhile each time, not just feeling like a non-fulfilling slice of a bigger story.

  4. Johanna Says:

    That confused me the first time through, until I realized that the bus on the first page says “School for the Blind” on it, and he reiterates their status in the party flashback sequence.

    You’re right, this series shows how any character can be interesting with the right writers and artists. I never cared one way or the other about Daredevil before, and now, I want to know more. And good point about the serialized status. I hadn’t even thought about that, but I really enjoy reading this every month, so much so that I don’t want to wait for a collection.

  5. Reeve Says:

    ‘Tis the season for near-death snowbound car accidents caused by runaway deer, I guess.

    They also both have the main characters making snow angels on the cover! Hmm…

    Both sound like great issues, though.

  6. Dean Peterson Says:

    It’s been hard to care about Daredevil for years, I mean…everything was essentially about how sucky his life was.

  7. Grant Says:

    I also enjoy when they use Daredevil’s blindness in interesting ways.

    I remember one story where Matt was defending a mobster accused of murder. Matt was convinced he was innocent because he could tell by listening to the guys heartbeat that he wasn’t lying. After Matt gets the guy off, he finds out the mobster had a pacemaker which helped to fool Matts hearing and the guy actually was a murderer.

  8. tom beland Says:

    That was a Frank Miller story called “Something About a Gun.” I’ve really been digging Waid and Rivera’s on this so far. It’s beautiful work.

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