Ever since I started reading Waid’s run on Daredevil I just can’t get enough and this issue is no exception. Although most Marvel fans are conditioned to run into their panic room at the phrase tie-in, these Original Sin ones feel like they finally got it right. I like getting a small arc focusing on the back stories of the characters I’m already reading. I think it was a smart way to let creators join in without taking a huge left turn away from the ongoing story.
This issue was written by one of the most consistent creators in the game, Mark Waid. He was accompanied by the co-storyteller and colorist Javier Rodriguez. They did this along with their inker Alvaro Lopez and the always wonderful letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna. The cover was done by series regular Chris Samnee and the current artist Javier Rodriguez.
As previously stated I think that these Original Sin tie-ins are some of the best I’ve ever seen. This one is no exception and doesn’t fail to show me the horrors of Daredevil’s past, as well as give me the direction of the book going forward. This is the first issue of the second arc after the All-New relaunch happened earlier this year.
Here’s the Daredevil Plot
This issue begins with a flashback to something in the past (Caused by the explosion in Original Sin #2-3) that terrifies and frightens Matt deeply. He then goes to seek out the only person, who could possibly provide him with the answers that he seeks, his estranged mother who’s become a nun. He’s also just back in New York now because of Original Sin. (Yes that does seem convenient.)
When he arrives at the Church she was previously located at, he learns she was recently falsely arrested. After talking with her he realizes that this case needs further investigating. After no luck with any conventional methods, he gets a lead from Hawkeye on a roof. We then get a classic two page spread showing us how cool his radar sense is after he follows Hawkeyes lead. It all wraps up nice for the next issue which may be a little wild.
This was just another well written issue of Daredevil from Mark Waid. The one thing that I feel people may give Waid some slack for is that there are a lot of large chunks of internal monologue. Although for me if there ever has been a time for a lot of internal monologue, it’s with a blind character, going through family issues while he’s alone in a city. My only complaint is that I was really digging the San Francisco issues and wish we could have stayed there a little longer, but at least it made sense why we had left even if it was unexplained. Other than that it was just another solid issue in a series that never disappoints.
Sadly the art here wasn’t done by Chris Samnee but instead by Javier Rodriguez. Listen, he’s great too, it’s just hard when you get me used to Chris Samnee and then take him away. No one ever likes losing a great artist, even for an issue. I’m sure some of you won’t mind in the slightest but, Chris Samnee is one of those guys who pays attention to the little things right and I missed that here.
Why should I buy?
Another month, another great issue for the book that consistently is one of the most outstanding books Marvel puts out on the shelves. No book has me more actively interested in an individual’s life and story that I didn’t care about before reading the book. While I did miss the artwork of Samnee here it still was a thrill to read as well as look at. I think that this is a slight tonal shift for the tie-in but they kept it rather smooth and unnoticeable for the general audience. This one gets a definite yes from me.
CBH Score: 4.4/5 Stars