Daredevil has been sold to the Beast of the Hand by his former sidekick, Blindspot. Naturally, Daredevil is going to fight back, but these odds are more overwhelming than he's ever faced before. He is in the heart of the Hand with a demon before him. Blindspot and his mother have left the Man Without Fear behind. Is this the end of Matt Murdock?
I have a big problem with this comic, but it's all centered around a major spoiler. As such, I'm going to talk about the remainder of the book and then circle back around to the spoiler point to discuss it.
That being said, the rest of the comic is functional and effective. Charles Soule has a great grasp on Daredevil by this point. His depiction of the character is engaging and easy to root for. His battle with the hand is pretty cool, even as he is constantly beat down and broken, he refuses to give in. He's Daredevil, and he truly is the Man Without Fear.
The comic also touches on the hardships that undocumented immigrants face and how much of a waste it is that these people with so much potential are forced into the shadows by an unfriendly government. Disagree with it if you will, but these are still people, many of which quite young, we are talking about here.
Ron Garney's artwork is still frigging awesome and perfectly tailored to the character of Daredevil. His fight scenes here are a little lackluster, as some of the progressions in the fights are left really undetailed and vague. However, he makes up for it with grit and just how damn ugly the Beast of the Hand is.
Matt Milla's color work is great. It's dark and heavily shadowed. The brighter parts are very washed-out, and this fits the overall tone of the comic.
Where the comic doesn't gel is Blindspot's part in it, and this is where we are going to get into spoilers.
After hearing the wailing agony of Daredevil, Blindspot returns to save his former mentor from the Hand with the help of his mother.
I just don't buy this return to heroism for Sam Chung. He made a deal with an actual demon, watched Tenfingers be repeatedly mutilated and killed, and locked up Daredevil in a hole for a long time. Yet it's his pain—not even his pain, his pain here—to bring Blindspot back to save Matt.
It just doesn't hold together, and I have a hard time buying it. Since this is central to the climax of the issue and will likely be a relevant plot point for issues to come, this is a big problem. I just don't think I can buy Blindspot as a hero anymore, and that sucks. I did like him before his dealings with the Hand.
In the end, the comic was still enjoyable, and it had a lot of positives. However, its central fixture, the character arc of Blindspot, results in a lackluster climax and plot flow. I do recommend it, but quite tentatively. If you're a fan of Daredevil and the work of Soule and Garney, it's still fairly enjoyable. If that describes you, pick it up.
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