Lee Weeks’ tale of Daredevil’s deadly journey through the snow concludes in a very satisfactory fashion, although I’m sure some readers will find the timely intervention of SHIELD a bit too convenient.
The issue opens with a hooded figure we are lead to assume is Daredevil making his way across the city with the transplant-heart, but it turns out it’s not Daredevil, it’s the criminal who Daredevil elected not to save from torture in #2. It turns out that this guy, Johnny was a volunteer at the Battered-Women’s shelter DD crashes in, and he’s not a bad guy after all. I liked this touch, it made that rather incongruous scene from last issue work as part of a whole.
Daredevil himself is still out cold, and having a somewhat clichéd hallucination, reliving his origins, seeing all of his dead girlfriends etc. It is clichéd, but Lee Weeks’ art is awesome throughout. That’s really what this story is about, a showcase for Weeks’ amazing pencilling, and also a chance for him to demonstrate he can write, which he most definitely can. In the end, Daredevil gets both the heart and Johnny to the Hospital, and it all works out fine in the end. This was an enjoyable little story, and since the current Daredevil title is striking a new kind of vein, it was nice to return to the more street-level world of Miller, Bendis and Brubaker.
The second story in this mini-series is by Dave Lapham, who is always worth reading, and features one of our new Superior Foes favourites, The Shocker. I’ll be interested to see what Lapham comes up with.