With an epic arc and a Silver Surfer issue behind them, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee have quite a bit to live up to. Again sharing the writing credit, the duo continues to deliver one of the best super hero comic books coming out today.
I have to admit, at first I was more than a little put off by the blatant George Zimmerman trial parallels to this issue’s story that we saw pretty much from the beginning. Lately, I have learned to give Waid (and Samnee) the benefit of the doubt. What begins as a race riot ends in something quite different. I can’t say that I didn’t expect the Jester to be involved, he is on the cover after all, I just wondered how he would fit into this issue’s story. And judging by the foreshadowing that the cover tells us, there’s going to be some great story ahead of us.
Samnee’s art continues to live up to all the hype. He is an artist that is a master of of both pencils and inks. He is never scared to cover up his pencils with a good amount of ink when it is fit, likewise, he is ready to leave more detail when necessary. His scenes through the eyes of Murdock are as great and clever than ever. One part in particular that got me was when someone showed a picture to Daredevil on a tablet. Obviously he can’t see the screen, but that is just something that is easily taken for granted when reading a book of this nature.
Finally, I can’t leave without giving some major props to the ever so great Joe Caramagna for his excellent work on letters. When the lettering is so good in a comic that it is just as much a part of the art as the pencils or colors, that is saying something. This guy’s work this issue is spectacular and should be considered lettering at its finest.
What you are seeing with this series is wonderful. There is no perfect entry point to it, but now is better than ever. If you haven’t been reading this book, you are committing a crime to your comic book soul. Get it.