Daredevil #25 is the moment we've all been waiting for: the People vs. Slugansky before the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Matthew Murdock is representing the people, and Legal, hired by Wilson Fisk, is defending Slugansky.
Let the Supreme Thunder Dome of Lawyering commence!
So, this is the finale to "Supreme," the story arc that the past few issues of Daredevil has been focusing on.
I've expressed my interest in this story before and how it could potentially change how some of Marvel's mainline superhero comics work. I still hope that it could, though my hope has diminished with some of the baffling ways Marvel Comics have worked lately. Who knows though? I'm going to try to stay optimistic in that regard.
This comic does some odd things that I'm not 100% sure work well.
Firstly, Matt Murdock's opening arguments before the Justices and Legal is made into a metaphorical brawl between the three parties. It's a little creative, but it does feel like the comic doesn't have faith in its audience to stay engaged with the philosophical debates being had. This is what this story has been building up to; I expected the major plot points being primarily dialogue. It's the Supreme Court.
That being said, there really isn't any action in this comic outside of that scene. Maybe the team was worried that it would feel too slow. That feels like an unnecessary fear, though. The comic was still engaging for the most part.
That does lead to the other main concern with the comic. The main argument Matt provides touches on the entropy and fear that envelopes the United States at the moment. It talks about how the heroes can be the answer for that with this method of allowing them to take the stand in court. That is not something that is relevant to reality at the moment, nor will it likely ever be.
So, I tried to take it more metaphorically. The most meaningful idea one could take out of it is a plea with readers to read their stories without cynicism and accept the hopefulness of superhero stories. I'm up for that. It's a weird posing of those ideas, but it is a good message. It's strongly backed up by the optimistic tone it takes towards the end of the book, which actually invokes Mark Waid's run on Daredevil in its presentation.
I'm not sure it's one that should be coming out of the publishing company that is currently bringing us Secret Empire though. That's not Charles Soule's fault, and Secret Empire has, mercifully, left the Daredevil comic untouched. However, it's hard not to see the irony and touch of hypocrisy.
The art of Alec Morgan has started to grow a little cold for me. There is a weird ugliness to the characters, and the teeth look especially off. The metaphorical fight scene was creatively done, helped by the psychedelic coloring provided by Matt Milla. However, the overall aesthetic style just doesn't really work.
This was definitely an interesting comic, and it does promise a new era for the Man Without Fear. I think this was a good waypoint, a touchstone, for Daredevil, and I look forward to what Soule has in mind next for Matt Murdock. Daredevil #25 does earn a recommendation, and it's ambition didn't fail it even if it took some shaky chances.