Hoo boy, I can sense this issue might cause a little bit of controversy. Or maybe not, I’ve been off-base in predicting that sort of thing lately. In this issue, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee do a ‘Law & Order’ and do a story that’s ‘ripped from the headlines’, and boy, what a headline this is. The case in this issue, where a white person is found innocent of the shooting of a young black kid they suspected of being a criminal is clearly, CLEARLY, based on the still controversial Trayvon Martin case, and I can’t help but wonder if it’s all a bit too soon for comics to be tackling this kind of issue.
Of course, this isn’t just Mark Waid getting on his soapbox (he has Twitter for that), as things quickly spiral out of control. As the prosecutor, a black man, is giving a statement on the Courthouse steps, he appears to reveal the names and addresses of the 12 members of the jury that let the killer off, calling them racist and basically inciting a riot. Of course, he didn’t actually do this, and only Matt Murdock can tell, and he suspects that this is down to the Sons Of The Serpent, and one of their hired guns, The Jester. It’s been great to see Waid turn a lot of these Z-List lame villains into credible threats, and if he can do what he did to The Spot to The Jester, then that would be fantastic, he doesn’t even really appear in this issue and he’s a credible threat.
Daredevil manages to save the prosecutor and the jury, as well as quell the riot (thanks to some help from Hank Pym, I’m still really loving the way Waid is using that character in this book), and he’s on The Jester’s trail, about to enter his apartment, where he’ll find… Foggy Nelson hanging from a noose? What the! That was a shocking ending to an issue that was already very surprising, now, there’s no way Foggy has committed suicide (he spent he opening few pages of the issue talking about how Matt’s fearlessness has rubbed off on him, and he’s probably not dead yet anyway), but for The Jester to set that up really does make him a formidable threat. And what the hell do the Legion Of Monsters have to do with this story? They are on the cover to #32 for some reason.
This book is still so consistently good, Samnee’s art perfectly complements Waid’s writing, I just hope the topical nature of the story here doesn’t put people off, what do you think? Are recent real-life cases fair game to insert superheroes into? Or is it too close to a still very raw bone?