I'm going Punchy here and no one can make me change my score of anything for my review this week.
Let's do this!
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Some comic runs are hard to define, others are forgettable. When you attach Ed Brubaker to something, he lays out small little plotlines throughout his runs that add up by the very end. Daredevil #500 not only sets the bar high, it destroys it and makes Spiderman #600 wish it had a story this strong. It makes Ed's story in Cap #600 cry and certainly Jeph Loeb wishes he could have had this on Incredible Hulk's 600.
So what makes Daredevil so special? Ed managed to nail the tension, the drive and the very heart of what makes Matt Murdock a unique character in the marvel universe. From brilliantly adding master Izo throughout Matt's past to his final decision which really does change the status quo.
From Foggy, to Izo, to the Hand and the tarantula the whole cast really has moments to shine. Master Izo has become this enigma with only a few moments of his past revealed here which leaves you wanting to know more about the character. The Tarantula's reveal towards the middle of the story actual ends up being rather organic to the plot and over all my only real complaint is that Rand never shows up to play a part in all this madness.
The fight scenes are probably the highlights of the book for me. Whether it was the owl attempting to one up both murdock and the kingpin to lady bullseye being shown why matt is the better fighter it was all here.
This also was my favorite character progresson for Wilson Fisk as he lets things really consume him and truly drive him mad as it doesn't look like he'll be out of matt's life for some time to come.
The art is never distracting as if I'm not mistaken each artist has already had the pleasure of working with Ed on the book. Not to mention this has to be hands down my favorite pin up gallery I've ever seen in a comic book except for Quesada's pin up which I didn't really like all that much.
I have the pleasure of having the beautiful variant cover with Matt surrounded by a whole bunch of knocked out men with a sword in his hands, tinted red.
Oh and finally we'll talk about the back up story which is wrote by Ann Nocenti with beautiful David Aja artwork. I really enjoyed it as it was a charming after thought to another bullseye/daredevil fight where we get into matt's head by a very peculiar teenage girl who feels like layla millar a little to me.
Of course we also get a sneak peak into the list which shows us exactly why Norman has put matt on his list and it makes a lot of sense as we finally get Bullseye coming head to head with daredevil again after some time.
At the end of the day, this is the kind of anniversary issue that I love and really think should be the kind shown to other writers on how to do their anniversary's properly
extras: 9.5(quesada knocked it down)
Over all: 9.5 a very, very well deserved 9.5