Saturday, June 17, 2017

Daredevil #21 Review

Crime No More!

Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Goran Sudzuka
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 7, 2017

I believe this is the story Charles Soule has been building up to this whole time. It feels and reads as if he finally has gotten all of Daredevil's back story in alignment with where he needs him to be in his life as Matt Murdock and as Daredevil. So without further adieu here is the start of no more crime in New York City...maybe?

Supreme part one opens to Daredevil stalking something but he is having trouble differentiating between what he is trying to sense and a smelly ass garbage truck . It turns out Daredevil is trying to coordinate an attack with Luke Cage against some low level gun buyers. 

Daredevil thought they were low level thugs. These thugs though, who were suppose to be an easy bag and tag job, turn out to be armed to the teeth because of Black Cat's gun running operation. To Daredevil and Luke Cage's dismay this group is leaving right now to make some destruction happen. Forcing DD's hand into action. He sends Luke in to stop these thugs.

Unfortunately for Luke these guns are not your run of the mill guns. They are high powered enough to blow Luke right back out into the street.

Flashback to earlier when we had Matt Murdock trying to convince his boss the New York County D.A. to back his secret plan to end all of New York's crime. We get hints to Matt's plan but no full disclosure. Just some alluding to repercussions to the super hero community if things go wrong. The D.A. also informs Matt that his buddy Daredevil can not lay a finger on the low level thugs he is going to try his legal theory out on.

Which brings us back to the now. Where Luke needs help but DD is not allowed to, so he uses another to dole out the punishment. Echo, she can duplicate anything she sees, perfectly. So...DD shadow boxes in the background while Echo takes out the baddies. It's ridiculous but I love it. Truly a comic book exclusive kind of moment. And in nice contrast to Daredevil's blindness we are also reminded that Echo is deaf. 

Next cue the bad guy gloating scene as we find out the garbage truck that was bothering our hero at the beginning was masking something more nefarious. A big bomb. Now it's a race across town to find and stop the bomb that is parked right outside of City Hall.

They find it just in time enough to drive it off the nearest bridge. The main part of the gang gets away but Daredevil, Echo, and Luke were able to capture the driver , "Slug", and with him Matt is able to go through with his plan. Which involves Daredevil taking the stand in trial...WTF!

Bits and Pieces:

This was a very fast read but absolutely riveting. It feels like John Grisham just set up a super hero court case. I feel like this is going to be an epic story, that may have an affect on how the legal system deals with super hero involved court cases for years to come. This is also a very good jumping on point. You only need a rudimentary understanding of Daredevil to be able to follow the story.


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