Mark Waid’s Daredevil reaches it’s quarter-century, and this anniversary delivers what may be the best issue of an already exemplary run. This issue is a culmination of a lot of what has come before, and introduces just one of the villains who have been manipulating Matt Murdock lately. That villain is ‘Ikari’ a dude that looks like a Japanified version of Daredevil’s original red and yellow costume, and he has all of DD’s powers… and more.
The fight between him and Daredevil takes up most of the issue and it is one of the best comic book fights I’ve read in ages. Waid and Chris Samnee just rock the shit out of it. I’d be interested in seeing whether this was written ‘Marvel-Style’ or not, but it doesn’t really matter. I also really dug the way it was interspersed with flashbacks to Matt’s training from Stick, I don’t know why, but I’m just a sucker for flashbacks that happen during action scenes, for some reason they just work better for me than normal ones.
The final kicker to this issue is a brilliant one, Ikari has all of Daredevil’s powers as I said, but crucially… he’s not blind! That’s a great idea, and it provides Daredevil with a brilliant new nemesis in this post-Bullseye era. It’s also cool to see that Ikari’s (and whoever is behind him’s) plan is more than to just defeat Daredevil right now, they want him looking behind his back at all times, to really for the first time give him fear. It’s a genius idea, and one that of course plays into the core of the character. This issue was just amazing really, but then, every issue of this series has been amazing, if you haven’t read Waid’s Daredevil, drop everything and get the first trade right now. Do it!