Monday, August 15, 2016

Daredevil #10 Review - Marvel Monday

Dark Art Part 1

Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Ron Garney, Matt Milla and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 10, 2016
Review by: Deron Murphree

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Since the first issue hit the stands last year, this series has taken some interesting turns for the devil in Hell's Kitchen. After the events of the Secret Wars event, there has been little to no explanation as to why things are the way they are in terms of continuity. It has been confusing to try and understand all of these things to say the least, so I made up my mind to just try and to enjoy the stories. With the Secret Wars event, the fact that people knew that Matt was Daredevil has been magically erased from their memories. I think that is one of my main issues with all of this nonsense. 

Matt Murdock is now the assistant district attorney and his professional life has gotten more complicated and his new legal assistant Sam, has a story of his own. Daredevil has taken on a partner whose suit has the ability to cloak its wearer. Daredevil's partner happens to be an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Blindspot. As it turns out, Sam happens to actually be Blindspot but Sam is not aware that Matt Murdock is Daredevil. I am not sure how I feel about Daredevil having a partner because I am so used to him working alone. Still, it's good to see our red-deviled vigilante out on the streets taking it to the criminal population.

We start out with Daredevil interrogating some poor schmuck, who is presumably of the criminal persuasion. He tells the guy to run and decides to follow him through the city. Daredevil is then led to a hideout where he has to fight off four thugs. We are then taken to Matt's District Attorney office where he and Sam are discussing current events. Sam is asking to take off from work a little early and Matt complies with his request. Matt knows that Sam is anxious to get out there and patrol the streets as Blindspot. He ends up telling Sam to be careful and goes to a meeting with some other prosecuting attorneys to go over some cases. The attorneys are making things difficult for Matt but the reasons are unclear. They leave Matt and dump their workload into his lap.

While at the meeting, Matt Murdock receives a phone call from Blindspot. He tells Matt to get down to Chinatown because he has found a dead body. Matt abruptly tells his paralegal, Ellen, that a friend is in need and that he must go to help them. We are then taken to a building where Blindspot and Daredevil are observing a crime scene. There's a large mural painting on the wall. A corpse is slumped at its base. After investigating, Daredevil discovers that the painting on the wall was done in human blood. But not just one person's blood, Daredevil approximates that at least the blood of 113 people was used to construct it.

This issue is the start of a new story arc and for that I feel like patience is warranted. There's not a lot of action going on here in this issue. There's a ton of set-up and with Blindspot being invited to the crime scene by our unknown serial killer, my interest has been stimulated. The artwork by Ron Garney and colorist Matt Milla is what keeps me coming back to this series with each issue. I especially like Milla's use of reds, blacks, and whites as it pertains to Daredevil's world of Hell's Kitchen. Let me be clear in that I am not necessarily knocking Charles Soule's writing abilities. I just feel that this series has been slow as of late and it's about time for this book to start picking up. I am hoping that we are heading that way here.

Bits and Pieces:

With the cliffhanger at the end of this issue, I am interested in seeing where this story is going. Charles Soule does a nice job of setting the table here and I am intrigued with the possibilities of how this story will evolve. Overall, there's some potential here.


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