By Mark Waid, Chris Samnee & Matthew Wilson
Daredevil has been hands down, in this reviewer’s opinion, the best book at either DC and Marvel Comics, since even before the relaunch. It’s been excellent month after month, and nine times out of ten it will always end up being the best issue of the week that it comes out on. The tenth issue of this spectacular series lives up to that reputation, with Waid and Samnee delivering another stellar issue that really works.
The children of the purple man continue to expand with their mind controlling powers, wrecking havoc on San Francisco. And to make matters worse, Matt Murdock is having problems of his own, allowing for an excellent issue that really doesn’t disappoint readers. Waid himself is continuing to flesh out villains that were otherwise one-note and forgettable, and making them truly pose a formidable threat for Daredevil, with the Purple Man and his children being very well created indeed.
Chris Samnee’s contributions to both the artwork and the storyline are superb as per usual, and Matthew Wilson’s colours are just as great. The book continues to keep up that high standard of consistency month after month and as long as Samnee is remaining on the book then Daredevil is not only the best written Marvel book on shelves right now, but also the best drawn one. Samnee’s pencils make any book a must read regardless of the character and this issue is no exception, and there isn’t really anything more that this reviewer can describe about his work that hasn’t already been said. It’s just amazing.
The book itself is unlike any Daredevil story that you’ll have seen before. Waid continues to create an original and compelling book, and although we may be within familiar territory with this issue, the set-up of the previous issues is worth noting due to the creepiness and great atmosphere created in those releases. This issue still continues to establish the fantastic atmosphere, with a great mood being created for the book that really makes Waid and Samnee’s run stand out.
If you’re not already reading Daredevil then, why aren’t you? This issue is just as excellent as the previous nine, and everything before the reboot that Waid and Samnee have given us. It doesn’t feel rushed with the pacing being pulled off very well, so if you’re looking for a good example of how great modern superhero comics can be, then this is the series that you’re looking for.