Writer: Mark Waid
Penciler /Colorist: Javier Rodriguez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Cover: Chris Samnee and Javier Rodriguez
Review by Tom Barnett
After the big reveal and conclusion of a long storyline thread in issues 26 and 27, one would almost expect issue 28 to be a bit of a slowdown and just setup for the next storyline. Not so! Mark Waid continues to weave magic with this book. The story opens with Matt Murdock comforting his best friend, Foggy Nelson and trying to keep the law firm running while Foggy gets treatment for his cancer. Matt can’t even get in the office before he’s blindsided, yup I said it, by a blast from the past. Nate Hackett, the boy who called him daredevil as a kid, has walked back into his life. This leads to a fresh retelling of the Daredevil origin story with humor and insight. Waid is really at the top of his game here as he brings the reader through Foggy’s chemo, a flashback to Murdock’s childhood and into a surprise, didn’t see that coming, ending.
I was curious how Javier Rodriguez’s art would be, as he is filling in for two issues for fan favorite, Chris Samnee. Samnee and his wife just had their second child, so that’s a pretty good reason to take some time off. Congrats to them! Samnee has had a great run on this book being the only penciler since issue 14, in the comics’ world today that seems like a Cal Ripken-esque run. Rodriguez delivered the goods though. His faces were equally expressive and somewhat subtle. He delivers a dynamic two page Daredevil in action scene and because he’s the regular colorist, there’s no shift in the color palette of the book. Rodriguez can pencil anytime Samnee has another child, but maybe Mighty Marvel should consider Rodriguez as a regular penciler on another book. I’m sure that inker Alvaro Lopez has no small part in bringing Rodriguez’s pencils to life and keeping the look of this book intact. Good, good work here.
Letterer, Joe Caramagna, does a great job with his work, especially the various volume levels of the characters. Foggy Nelson is sick from chemotherapy and it shows in how he is speaking, as it should. In the courtroom scene, Nate Hackett mutters to himself and the words are much smaller than an average line. That’s great work from a letterer that sometimes goes unnoticed, but greatly adds to the enjoyment of the book.
I am a Daredevil slappy, that is no lie, but this book hits on all cylinders, not only this issue but consistently, month after month. Also it’s still only $2.99. Hey Marvel, I’ll pay the $3.99 to get the digital with it each month.
Tom Barnett is a contributing writer for Drunk On Comics. You can follow him on Twitter at @tphoto10.