DAREDEVIL by MARK WAID, Volume 5 [2013]

Daredevil by Mark Waid volume 5
R. Tim Morris’ Rating: 8/10


There’s nothing much better than getting a collected volume of any series and seeing the same writer and artist for EVERY issue. Even better when it’s Daredevil by Mark Waid & Chris Samnee. I know, I know…it’s true that I raved and bragged and basically wouldn’t shut up about the awesomeness that was Daredevil by Mark Waid & Marcos Martin, but it’s confession time: Chris Samnee wins. Every panel is so clear and crisp and clean and every other positive c-word you can muster. And it’s fun! Hoo-boy is it fun. The subject matter may get dark at times, but there’s no beating the refreshing artwork that accompanies it.

But let’s get to the meat of the book. There’s some great peripheral stuff here, with the team-up with the Superior Spider-Man, the return of Stilt-Man, the attempted re-creation of the toxic formula that granted Daredevil his powers, and the reveal of Foggy’s cancer. But this all comes to a head as the mastermind – the great puppet master pulling the strings for 25 issues – is revealed! And it’s none other than…Bullseye? What? The idea of the crazed (and let’s be honest, somewhat slow on the uptake) assassin Bullseye as an evil genius is a little too far-fetched and unbelievable for my liking. Just as Daredevil himself points out, it’s too out of character. And even though Waid admirably attempts to find some logical reason for the reveal, it’s still too dumb in my opinion. I’d rather have seen one of DD’s long-time second-tier baddies behind it all, like Mister Fear (who I thought it was going to be) or Death-Stalker. Okay, maybe I wouldn’t have believed Death-Stalker either.

We’re almost 30 issues in and this series hasn’t hit much of a bump yet. Cannot recommend Daredevil by Mark Waid enough!

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