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Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby Punchy » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:16 am

Surprise, surprise, another awesome issue of Daredevil, even without Chris Samnee (although he is still credited here, not sure what for, I guess he’s contributing story ideas at this point) this book is still one of the best things on the stands today and fill-in artist Jason Copland is pretty similar to Samnee anyway. That’s one of the best things about this title, all of the artists have had compatible styles, Copland is a little rougher than usual, a bit more Michael Lark-y, but still great.

This issue begins with a weird dream sequence, with a young Matt Murdock at the beach, having a conversation with Foggy. I loved the little touch of how Foggy didn’t look like Foggy, because Matt Murdock doesn’t actually know what his best friend looks like, so in his dream, Foggy just looks like some random Grocer from when Matt was a kid. Recent issues have really been doing some interesting, new stuff with Matt’s blindness, and this is another cool example of that, Waid is really using the character’s disability well. Foggy starts to walk out to sea to drown, but Matt can’t move to save him. This is all very symbolic I’m sure, but really, I just wanted to get back to Daredevil teaming up with the Legion Of Monsters.

But before the action can begin, there’s the small matter of saving Daredevil from certain death, thanks to a bullet wound. He’s tied up in bandages from the Living Mummy, but it’s going to take magic to save him. Satana and Jack Russell perform a weird spell on him, and hey, it works. I did like how Waid addressed Daredevil’s scepticism about magic, and how it didn’t matter that he didn’t believe, another cool touch was that, during the spell, Matt heard sounds he’d never heard before, very creepy and evocative. So, Daredevil is back, even his costume has been fixed, but he soon puts his foot in it by mentioning the reason he’s gone all the way out to Kentucky… the Darkhold book. This immediately puts the monsters on edge, and they start to attack, Daredevil fires his cane-rope-thing (what do you call that? Rapel?) in and out of the Mummy’s chest and into a lamp, so if they attack him, the fire will get them all. He explains why he’s after the Darkhold, that he needs to know about it to stop the Sons Of The Serpent, and in turn, Jack Russell explains what the Darkhold is. It’s ‘the first book’, and it contains the magic that created vampires, werewolves, mummies etc. It’s basically a unified theory for monsters, which is such a cool idea.

The Legion Of Monsters have the book, but some pages are in the hands of Lucien Sinclair, a sorcerer and Serpent. It turns out that the ‘Serpent’ in the name ‘Sons Of The Serpent’, refers to the original serpent, the Devil, which is very cool, not only because this story features Satana, but because it provides Daredevil with enemies who literally worship the Devil. Not only is Waid using the blindness in new ways, but he’s using the character’s name in new ways too! Genius. Lucien Sinclair is in what appears to be a simple shack, but it’s guarded by powerful magic, nobody can get through because what they see would drive them mad. Luckily, our hero can’t see.

Daredevil makes his way to the shack, and whilst we can see the manipulations being caused, like a cave in the shape of a snake, luckily, he can’t. Matt even wanders into the Garden Of Eden, where the Serpent talks to him, and shows him how he unleashed man’s true nature, of powerful people hating those they consider beneath them. Presumably, there are visions of racism and lynching going on around Matt, but he can’t see them, but he can hear them, and it is a dark, dark scene. Waid is doing a really good job here at tying in what we thought was just a race-hate group into the occult. Matt reaches the final doorway, and realises that, he’s only there because he couldn’t see it, and that the only people who could get through this without going mad are people who belief in the racism demonstrated. It was a test, so only people who are true to the Serpent’s cause could gain access. Matt is furious, bursts in, and burns down Sinclair’s books. The Legion are pissed, because they could have used this knowledge, but Matt has achieved what he came for, as he’s snuck away with some mysterious pages, I can’t wait to see what he does with them.

This was of course, another fantastic issue, It’s hard to believe there are only 3 issues left of this run as we know it. Waid has consistently put Matt Murdock into situations outside of his usual milieu, and this was the best example yet. The occult and Daredevil really do mix!

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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby A.R.P. » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:55 am

Weakest of issue of the run by far, and this run has had a few here and there that were below par. The artistry was sloppy at best, too, and only made this issue all the more unbearable. Monster in a DD comic do not belong and thankfully this very strange deviation from an otherwise decent arc didn't take very long to end. If there's one positive to say about this issue it's that it wraps up this ill-place sojourn to Kentucky quickly enough. Now, back to NY and the Sons.

By the by, it made no sense how DD was shot last issue. Talk about ignoring character abilities for the sake of plot. It was f*cking ridiculous. And what's worse is that there wasn't even an attempt to explain how that could have happened. Just terrible stuff there.
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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby Chris » Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:23 am

A.R.P. wrote:Weakest of issue of the run by far, and this run has had a few here and there didn't were below par. The artistry was sloppy at best, too, and only made this issue all the more unbearable. Monster in a DD comic do not belong and thankfully this very strange deviation from an otherwise decent arc didn't take very long to end. If there's one positive to say about this issue it's that it wraps up this ill-place sojourn to Kentucky quickly enough. Now, back to NY and the Sons.

By the by, it made no sense how DD was shot last issue. Talk about ignoring character abilities for the sake of plot. It was f*cking ridiculous. And what's worse is that there wasn't even an attempt to explain how that could have happened. Just terrible stuff there.

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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby A.R.P. » Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:57 am

Chris wrote:Wow.

Care to elaborate?
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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby Chris » Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:19 am

I just completely disagree with everything. :lol:

I love the hell out of this arc.
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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby A.R.P. » Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:22 pm

Had the story not taken a most unneeded and a most asinine detour by including monsters who have even less of a place in a DD comic than aliens who fly through space on surfboards and not have DD senselessly get shot without a how or a why, then I might have agreed with you.
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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby Chris » Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:48 pm

A.R.P. wrote:Had the story not taken a most unneeded and a most asinine detour by including monsters who have even less of a place in a DD comic than aliens who fly through space on surfboards and not have DD senselessly get shot without a how or a why, then I might have agreed with you.


See I LOVE the Legion of Monsters. I think it's fun seeing characters out of their element.

And I wouldn't say they have no place in a DD comic. This is the same character who has tangled with Mephisto and Blackheart in the past, afterall.
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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby A.R.P. » Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:00 pm

Chris wrote:
See I LOVE the Legion of Monsters. I think it's fun seeing characters out of their element.

And I wouldn't say they have no place in a DD comic. This is the same character who has tangled with Mephisto and Blackheart in the past, afterall.

If wanted to stories about characters like that (and I really don't) I'll go get another comic that deals in that kind preposterousness. That what the rest of the MU is for.

Those stories you mentioned are BY FAR some the THE WORSE stories ever put to print, all the more exacerbated since they were (and HATE to say these next few words) in a DD comic. They were absolutely horrendous on every conceivable level of creativity and should have served as a lesson of what NOT TO EVER DO in a DD comic again. Clearly, and very unfortunately, this little romp in Kentucky says the lesson has been ignored, however.
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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby Chris » Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:05 pm

Different strokes I guess.
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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby A.R.P. » Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:06 pm

Although I'm inclined to say, "yea, different strokes and all", it's beyond me how anyone could ever qualify those stories you mentioned as anything more than utter garbage. This current arc, and this issue in particular in addition to the last few pages of the last, isn't that bad but it's definitely a nadir of the present run.
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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby Chris » Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:14 pm

A.R.P. wrote:Although I'm inclined to say, "yea, different strokes and all", it's beyond me how anyone could ever qualify those stories you mentioned as anything more than utter garbage.

It wasn't a particularly good story, but my point was just that DD is no stranger to dealing with the occult.

And Waid is a much better writer than Ann Nocenti. Although her run overall was pretty good.
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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby S.F. Jude Terror » Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:14 pm

I just read this last night and loved this issue. It's pure insanity to not enjoy this arc.

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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby Chris » Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:17 pm

I also liked DD facing off against the Mole Man earlier in Waid's run. This has been a great change of pace run, coming off the gritty and depressing last decade or so the character has had.

And I say that as someone who only gave it a chance because of the strong creative team, but who was skeptical because I was such a massive fan of the Bendis and Brubaker runs.
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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby A.R.P. » Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:18 pm

Chris wrote:It wasn't a particularly good story, but my point was just that DD is no stranger to dealing with the occult.

Up to a point is fine, sure. But mummies, werewolves, zombies, the awfulness of Nocenti's entire run? NO.

Although her run overall was pretty good.

NO. Just, just NO.
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Re: Daredevil #33 (The devil you say Spoilers)

Postby Chris » Sat Nov 23, 2013 2:22 pm

A.R.P. wrote:Up to a point is fine, sure. But mummies, werewolves, zombies, the awfulness of Nocenti's entire run, etc? NO.


NO. Just, just NO.


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