Comic Reviews: Daredevil and Justice League Dark
The Man Without Fear does battle with the Sentinel of the Space ways in the latest issue of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Daredevil, delivering a fun “done in one” tale where the most unlikely team up of all time occurs.
Fresh off his latest case (which turned into a battle with the Sons of the Serpent gang), Matt Murdock returns to his law office to find his ex-girlfriend Kristen McDuffie taking his ailing partner Foggy Nelson’s place. No sooner does he have time to process this new development in his life does a strange alien visitor arrive in his office, demanding to speak to him. Calling himself Ru’Auch, the alien desperately pleads with Matt Murdock to help bring him to the Avengers, until the Silver Surfer busts through the wall and demands that Ru’Ach be handed to him. What follows is a team-up in the grand Marvel style, where Daredevil and Silver Surfer have a (quick) battle, but then team up once horn head is filled in on the alien’s true intentions.
Mark Waid, as usual, keeps the script light and quick. Throwing aliens and the Silver Surfer into a more grounded book like Daredevil is very risky, but thankfully it works well here. Murdock’s reaction to seeing the Surfer for the first time is great, especially when he goes through what he knows about him (it’s not much). Having Murdock admit how crazy it is that the Surfer has arrived at his doorstep is a great touch, and even something that should be extremely corny (like Daredevil hitching a ride on Surfer’s board) works within Waid’s script.
Chris Samnee, what else is there to say about you that hasn’t already been said? After taking two issues off, the Eisner winner makes a triumphant return to Daredevil, and his pencils are just as fantastic as ever. His retro style fits extremely well with the tone of the series, and his Silver Surfer looks stunning. The brief fight between Daredevil and the Surfer is a master class in choreography, as the two tumble through the sky as Daredevil keeps trying to keep the Surfer from landing on his board.
Daredevil #30 keeps the long established fun tone of the series going, and even serves as a good jumping on point for new readers. There’s no references to any past events, and the story is completely over by the end of the issue. If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about, pick this issue up. You’ll be glad you did.
“Trinity War” is almost coming to an end, and I’m just now figuring out what the plot behind this whole event is. I think.
Seriously though, what started off as a simple “all the Justice Leagues are going to FIGHT” storyline has quickly changed into a big magic battle, encompassing many of the magical characters of the DC universe, and not leaving much time for the better-known trinity. Despite this, I still found this issue to be very enjoyable. Even though I’m not reading Pandora, Constantine, or any of the other “Trinity War” spin offs, I was still able to follow everything that occurs in this issue fairly well. My only real complaint is the big reveal at the end of the issue, which was spoiled a few weeks ago to set up the marketing for Forever Evil.
Since this part of “Trinity War” takes place in Justice League Dark, Jeff Lemire handles the writing duties. His script tackles a lot of different characters and locations, but he’s able to make the process go fairly smoothly. With such a large amount of characters in this storyline, it would be easy for Lemire to completely forget about some of them. Luckily everyone is given a fair shake, but Constantine easily steals the show here. Lemire’s got a great voice for the character, and seems to really enjoy writing him.
Mikel Janin handles the art for this issue, and I have to say, I think he may be my least favorite of the “Trinity War” artists. While his characters look great, when he places them into action poses they take on a flat, lifeless quality that really works against the story. There’s also a strange full-page splash of Shazam after he receives Pandora’s box that really grinds the book’s pacing to a screeching halt.
We’re a week away from the finale of “Trinity War”, and while this event hasn’t been quite what I was expecting, I’m still interested to see how everything shakes out for the DC heroes. While we know much of what will happen thanks to the Forever Evil interviews, I’m curious as to how we’ll get there, and what’s to come.