Thanks, Punchy. You read it yet?
Yep, here are my thoughts:
Yet another brilliant issue of Daredevil, I really am running out of ways to praise this title. I sort of wish Waid would write a bad one just to give me something to write about!
This issue picks up where the surprise ending to #28 left off, as Nate Hackett, Matt Murdock’s childhood ‘friend’ and former Sons Of The Serpent member has been shot by a Judge who seems to be a Serpent himself. What follows is a fast-paced action issue with Daredevil trapped inside the Courthouse surrounded by Serpent members and unable to know who to trust. I really like this new threat posed to Daredevil by the Sons Of The Serpent, and whilst I was looking forward to this series telling some smaller stories after wrapping up the Bullseye story, it looks like we may have the next big arc already. The Sons Of The Serpent have been a part of the last few issues of Waid’s Hulk too, so it looks like they are a big deal.
I also like how Waid choosing a White-Supremacist group fits with Daredevil being blind. Not only can he not trust any white person around him, because he’s blind, he couldn’t tell that two of the people in the room with him were black and asian! He really doesn’t know who to trust.
As always with this series, the artwork was excellent and regular colourist Javier Rodriguez is proving himself to be just as great as a penciler. My favourite sequence in this issue was when Daredevil and the EMT had to jump down the stairs, those pages were so well done, and you really got a sense of a whole creative team working in sync, even the letterer, Joe Caramagna had a big part to play, as the sound effects of the guns were built in to the bullet-trail, awesome stuff.
So, by the end of this issue, we’ve got a new threat for Daredevil, and also a tantalising teaser on the last page, who is the mysterious visitor who seems to have taken Foggy’s job? It can’t be the Silver Surfer can it? I mean, he’s in the next issue! That story promises to be insane, how the hell can Daredevil and Silver Surfer interact in a way that makes sense? Only Mark Waid would do something like this, I love it.