Yet another superlative issue of Daredevil from Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, this is just a fantastic title and each issue is better than the last. This double-sized special issue finally reveals who the mysterious figure who has been tormenting Daredevil since #1 is… it’s only fucking Bullseye! Yep, Bullseye is now a paralysed criminal mastermind. I’m not sure how I feel about this at the moment, part of me thinks it’s genius, and another part of me has a hard time buying that Bullseye, who has pretty much always been portrayed as not the brightest of psychopaths, could become a master of manipulation so quickly. But as a moment of shocking surprise? It really works.
I think this issue was one of the most suspenseful comics I’ve ever read, just as Matt Murdock was on edge, so was I. That interview scene with ‘Lawrence Benson’ was masterful, you go from thinking he’s a threat, to not a threat, then back to a threat, and then not, and then back again all in the space of 3 pages. Waid and Samnee really portrayed Matt’s paranoia in a brilliant way. And then at the end, when Matt is hopped up on adrenaline and he kicks the shit out of Lady Bullseye? You felt every punch. I just can’t be more effusive about how good the team of Waid and Samnee are together, it’s very appropriate that they are credited together as ‘storytellers’, because that’s what they are, Samnee’s art works in confluence with Waid’s words and the amount of interesting visual tricks used blows my mind. I have enjoyed every issue of this run, and this story may be the best one so far. I have my doubts about Bullseye The Master Planner, but I’m willing to trust Waid and I can’t wait for another fight between Daredevil and Ikari next issue.
The back-up story in this issue was also very good, and it made me quite emotional. I don’t want to say too much about it because a close family member is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, but this story worked really well, and went some way to removing some of my problems with this Foggy story. Plus, Samnee draws one hell of an Iron Man! But he draws one hell of everything, even cute little cancer-dinosaurs.