Out of all of Marvel’s vast array of characters, Daredevil is probably the most ‘street-level’ of them all. Even someone like The Punisher gets turned into a Frankenstein or becomes ‘Space Punisher’ every once in a while, but apart from the 5 minutes he became an Avenger, Matt Murdock stays pretty far away from the more cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. But not anymore! Mark Waid has slowly moved Daredevil more and more into the bright, superhero world, and this issue really takes things to the extreme as Daredevil comes face to face with the goddamn Silver Surfer. Even though these two characters exist in the same universe, they’ve never met before, and occupy completely different spheres, so it was a hell of a lot of fun to see them interact, and Waid, the master of looking at continuity and characters in new ways that he is, finds a way to really make it work.
The actual plot of Ru’Ach the evil alien is fairly unimportant here, what’s important is getting to see Daredevil fly around on the Surfer’s board, which is just a sheer fanboyish delight. I also loved how Waid and Samnee explored how Surfer saw the world, so much of this book has been about showing how Daredevil views things differently, and here, we got that for another character, which was very cool. It was also great how Surfer, even with ‘The Power Cosmic’ couldn’t see Ru’Ach, but Daredevil could.
Speaking of Samnee, it was fantastic to have him back on art duties here, he’s so damn good, he really deserves that Eisner, and more besides. He meshes perfectly with the tone that Waid uses here, and every panel looks great. He also draws an awesome Silver Surfer. If he ever leaves Daredevil (god forbid, but it will happen eventually), I’d love to see him do a Surfer book, he’s great at the street-level stuff here, but imagine Samnee cutting loose in space? Wow.
I never thought I’d see a team-up between Daredevil and Silver Surfer, but I have now, and I’m glad I did, it’s crazy that these two characters can interact, but that’s what’s so great about the Marvel Universe (and the DC one too I suppose), you’ve got all kinds of genres and settings all in one, you can do anything, and with upcoming issues set to feature the a load of Marvel’s horror characters, it looks like Waid and Samnee are really doing that.
There’s also some continuing subplot stuff here, with Kirsten McDuffie replacing Foggy, which should be interesting, but the main thing at play with this issue is seeing two completely different worlds collide, and two masterful creators making it work.