I'm not in the RG, but since I trade wait just about everything, I figured I'd chime in on this since I actually bought this today just to see how it is, being a massive DD fan..
And I say this as someone who did NOT want a return of the swashbuckling stuff.. as someone who was a fan of the grim and gritty runs of Miller, Bendis, and Bru.
But I couldn't help but love this issue. Waid really seems to get the character - even if it is an aspect of him that hasn't been seen in a long time. The same can be said of the supporting cast as well, and I like the introduction of this assistant DA chick, who will no doubt become a love interest in the run.
I have mixed feelings about the status quo, with Matt choosing to just ignore everything he's done during Diggle's run, and basically not confronting his recent past.. seems like there's a lot of story potential there, some of which may be tapped as soon as next issue with Cap.. but it just seems rather silly. Like sticking his head in the sand or closing his eyes to the problems at hand. It's only been a few months since all that Shadowland stuff, right?
The only complaint I had overall with the issue was Matt kissing the bride at the mob wedding. I felt like it was pretty stupid, and only there to drive home the point that this is the new and improved, swashbuckling DD by Waid. It was unnecessary, and felt jarringly out of place.
The art, however, was the real winner of this book. Paulo Rivera - my god.. I love how they (I dunno who is responsible for it's creation) choose to show Matt's senses visually.. that's brilliant. I can't believe it hasn't been thought of before.
I have to wonder if I would've enjoyed this issue so much if not for such amazing art from Rivera and Martin.. and that's a worry I have when they eventually leave the book, because I never really saw either of those as longterm options on any book. Even with the alternating schedule. But that'll be a problem for later. For now, I can't wait for the first trade of this to come out.