Daredevil #8: A Surprising Derailment

Mark Waid's crossover with Amazing Spider-Man really shakes up our perception of his take on Matt Murdock.

Iann Robinsonby Iann Robinson

Daredevil #8

SIGH…..in every life a little rain must fall.

The ink is barely dry on my praise of Mark Waid’s Amazing Spider-Man #677 when he turns around and lands a serious misfire with Daredevil #8. The story that began so well in Spider-Man, falls apart and is oddly mean spirited in Daredevil. It’s also unnecessary, completely and totally, and based on how Amazing Spider-Man #677 began, the end of Daredevil derails not only the story but also dents the idea of Matt Murdock’s rebirth as a good guy.

When we last left Daredevil and Spider-Man, they had teamed up to try and prove the Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy, innocent of the theft of a major piece of technological hardware. Spidey knows The Black Cat is innocent because during the robbery, he was making a fool of himself trying to hit on her as a rebound for Carlie breaking up with him. Meanwhile, the Black Cat thinks Spider-Man set her up by placing a tracer on her that led the cops to her door. Once the misunderstanding is cleared up, Daredevil, Spider-Man and Black Cat hit the streets to find out what really went down.

From this point on, the story completely falls apart. First, Waid has the man who invented the stolen device be the one behind the theft. It’s not an unheard of plot device but one I find below Waid’s abilities. Then, Waid throws a really hamfisted curveball that’s obviously there just to get Spider-Man out of the way. 

Once Daredevil and Black Cat are alone, Waid introduces the villainous spy who was behind framing the Black Cat. Why did he do that, you ask? Well, according to the spy, it was to convince Black Cat to steal the device Matt Murdock acquired a few issues ago. The device holds all the secrets of every major crime terrorist agency in the world. So this guy launched an elaborate scheme that could have easily backfired in order to convince a thief to steal? Does that sound bizarre to anybody else?

The final let down comes when Black Cat starts making out with Daredevil on the roof of a building. Black Cat doing it makes sense, she uses people, but Daredevil responding seems totally out of character for him. I also thought it in poor taste for Waid to have Spider-Man see them going at it. It adds nothing to the story other than to beat Spider-Man down again. Daredevil #8 doesn’t even read like Mark Waid’s work. I’m not sure what Waid was trying to set up with this two-part story, but he failed. I’m not giving up on the series by any means, it’s just sad to see a flawless 7-issue streak end in such a crash and burn style.

The art from Kano is solid enough. It’s reminiscent of Paolo Rivera’s work in earlier issues where the lines were thinner and the shading bolder. Kano keeps things very neat and centrally focused in his panels. When he opens that focus up, it feeds into the motion of the scene, which ramps up the action. As good as the art is, it just can’t save Daredevil #8, a thoroughly disappointing end to a story that started with great promise.

 

CRAVE ONLINE RATING: 6/10 (2, Story 4, Art)