Daredevil, Volume 2 by Mark Waid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
7 - Daredevil takes some kids on a field trip and the bus wrecks in a blizzard.
This was some serious shit. Daredevil and a busload of kids, most of them blind, wandering through a blizzard. Once again, Waid plays up what it's like to be blind, with or without radar sense. Good shit.
Amazing Spider-Man 677 - Fresh from being dumped, Spider-Man encounters the Black Cat. Shortly thereafter, she's arrested for breaking into Horizon Labs. Since he knows she was framed, Spidey enlists Daredevil to help him clear her name.
This issue demonstrates why Spider-Man and Daredevil have always worked well together and contrasts their crime-fighting styles. It also emphasizes that Daredevil is also a lawyer.
8 - Spidey and Daredevil are in trouble and it sure looks like Black Cat is behind it. Also, cemeteries are being found vandalized and one of the graves affected is that of Battlin' Jack Murdock.
That was pretty serpentine. The interplay between Spidey, Black Cat, and Daredevil was really enjoyable. I like where things are going with Daredevil and the Black Cat.
9 - The Mole Man is behind the graverobbing but why? That's what Daredevil means to find out!
Lots of good shit in this. Daredevil using a coffin as a raft. Mole Man dancing with a corpse. And the Black Cat has her paw in the cookie jar while Matt's underground. I love that Mark Waid is moving Daredevil away from the gritty crime corner of the Marvel Universe he's been trapped in for years.
10- Matt settles things with the Mole Man. Meanwhile, what's happened with the Omega Drive?
The battle with Mole Man was pretty great and the epilogue was also well done. I also liked how things went down with the Black Cat.
10.1 - Matt visits Pyromania in prison, a man Daredevil brought in. Turns out the word is out about the Omega Drive.
Pyromania telling Matt his version of his fight with Daredevil while seeing how it really went down was a nice touch. Things are progressing nicely. I'm guessing the Omega Drive will be the focus of the next volume.
Closing Thoughts: Mark Waid has done a lot to bring Daredevil out of the funk he's been in pretty much consistently since Frank Miller ran him through the meat grinder 30 years ago and into the Marvel Universe as a whole. The Omega Drive was a great maguffin and I'm hoping the Black Cat sticks around for a while. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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