Comic Name: Daredevil (Volume 3)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Chris Samnee/Jason Copland/Javier Rodriguez
# of Issues: 6
Release Date: 2014
Reprints Daredevil (3) #31-36 (November 2013-April 2014). Foggy is fighting his cancer but the battle isn’t going well. Meanwhile, the Jester helps the Sons of the Serpent start a race war in New York City, and Daredevil will have to go to the origins of the Sons of the Serpent to stop them…which means an encounter with some of the darkest creatures of the world. Plus, Matt Murdock reveals something in court that was never expected!
Written by Mark Waid, Daredevil by Mark Waid—Volume 7 is the final volume in the first run of Mark Waid’s Daredevil series. The collection features art by Chris Samnee, Jason Copland, and Javier Rodriguez. The issues in this volume were also collected in the Daredevil by Mark Waid Omnibus Volume 3.
Mark Waid vowed to bring back Daredevil to a fun point after years of a mopey character under Brian Michael Bendis and Ed Brubaker. While both Bendis and Brubaker’s dark Daredevil storytelling worked, it was nice to get back to a lighter, happier Matt Murdock. I will concede however that this entry is one of weaker volumes of Waid’s run.
I love Marvel’s monsters, but the whole monster sequence in this collection doesn’t really work. I always like when characters deny the existence of Marvel’s monsters in a world where there are aliens, shapeshifters, and actual manifestations of demons…the idea of werewolves, vampires, and Frankenstein’s monster is unbelievable? It seems odd. The comic book ties it into the story, but it seems like it is a little gratuitous.
The surrounding story does work. I like the whole battle with the Sons of the Serpent and the ending of the collection is a real shocker with Matt Murdock (after years of denial) admitting he’s Daredevil. It is unexpected like much of Daredevil over the recent years. It is also a nice set-up for the next volume which takes Daredevil in a whole different direction.
Mark Waid’s run on Daredevil has been a lot of fun. The series is cancelled (and relaunched in typical Marvel style) after this volume. It is an unfortunate part of the comic market right now that the companies feel that relaunching titles makes for better reading and more sales (which is generally true on the sales part). Daredevil by Mark Waid—Volume 7 was followed by Daredevil 1: Devil at Bay.