Rating: 5/5 – A Modern Pied Piper Tale Sends Daredevil on an Emotional Roller Coaster.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Gabe Bustamantez.
I’ve been consistently enjoying Daredevil since Mark Waid took over and reinvented it from a dark and gritty noir love letter to Frank Miller’s epic run it had been for many years, into a swashbuckling series full of heart and charm. A large part of that heart comes from Matt Murdock’s new carefree and devil-may-care attitude and outlook on life. Matt Murdock’s secret identity has been the worst kept secret in the Marvel Universe for some time and it comes as no surprise that Matt will do anything in order to protect the people closest to him. But how can he handle a group of children with the Purple Man’s powers?
Relocating to San Francisco has not made Matt and Foggy’s lives any easier. Sure they have a brand new law practice in sunny California and Matt has a new girlfriend, but now Foggy must disguise himself while out in public, and Matt is having to deal with every emotional break down and tragic lost he’s ever experience in order to write his autobiography. Now the Purple Man has returned and he’s worse than ever. The Purple Man had been a lesser know villain until Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias series did a fresh take on the character in 2003. In one story arc, Zebediah Killgrave was turned into one of Marvel’s most psychological villains who knows no limits.
This issue Mark Waid has taken Purple Man and made him into a modern day Pied Piper. I think Mark Waid is one of greatest comic book creators of all time. He’s able to make writing comics appear easy, yet his stories are some of the most iconic. You wonder why he isn’t a bigger writer tackling other mediums like movies or novels. The answer is given to you every time you read a Mark Waid comic. He loves comic books and he loves writing comics stories, and his Daredevil run shows that he also loves and respects Daredevil and is having great fun writing the Daredevil character. This is a well crafted story about a group of kidnapped children with Purple Man’s abilities taking on the rest of the city and giving Daredevil more than he can handle. Even though this is part 2 of this story arc, you are never left to piece the story together yourself. This issue does a great job of letting the story organically catch you up. In fact, I was able to enjoy Daredevil #9 as a solo issue without having to read Daredevil #8 first. The art by Chris Samnee is some of my favorite in comics today. Samnee’s art style is cast in shadows and thick black lines, but the art still shines out bright. Every scene is created with dynamic images that burst with life. Every background character has a purpose and a look all their own. One scene takes place in a diner and all the people sitting at tables or at the counter have a feeling of reality and are actively engaged in some way that helps bring this diner alive, all part of Samnee’s rich storytelling ability.
Everything about Daredevil #9 is well put together, using two of comics best creators who make it look like creating comics is easy. This issue is a tale of abused children stolen by a monster, they fought to get away after getting the ability to finally stand up for themselves. One thing is for sure; I will continue to read and follow this series because Mark Waid and Chris Samnee really seem like they’re having a fun time with this Daredevil series and that enthusiasm for comics infects me and causes me to have a fun time reading their stories.
Reviewed by: Gabe Bustamantez
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