Daredevil by Mark Waid—Volume 5

8.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 9/10

Great art, strong story

Don't see Bullseye as smart as he is portrayed

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Daredevil (Volume 3)

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Mark Waid

Artist:  Chris Samnee

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2013


Daredevil (3) #25

Reprints Daredevil (3) #22-27 (March 2013-August 2013).  Daredevil is being targeted, and he’s about to find out who is behind the attacks.  Daredevil must first face off against his old ally Spider-Man, but the Spider-Man that Daredevil knew isn’t quite the Spider-Man he’ll face now.  As Daredevil deals with the arrival of a ninja named Ikari who seems to have all his abilities but none of his weaknesses, Foggy Nelson is in the battle for his life against an enemy that even Daredevil cannot beat.

Written by Mark Waid, Daredevil by Mark Waid—Volume 5 continues Waid’s award winning run on the series and features illustrations by Chris Samnee.  The issues in this volume are also collected in Daredevil by Mark Waid—Deluxe Edition Volume 3.

Mark Waid’s Daredevil has been a lot of fun.  It is a fun and lighter approach toward the character that goes against everything that Bendis and Brubaker did, but not just completely forgetting what happened in their run.  It is kind of refreshing for a writer not to completely forget everything that came before.


Daredevil (3) #27

The stories of Mark Wade’s Daredevil have been leading up to this volume for a while.  It is revealed that the crippled Bullseye has been plotting against Daredevil.  This isn’t really that much in character with Bullseye in the past.  The fact that he’s paralyzed and obsessed with Daredevil does lead that an attack like this isn’t out of the question, but I never saw Bullseye with the means or patience to plot this…regardless of the situation.

The volume could be considered mostly about Foggy’s battle with cancer.  There has been a number of comics that have dealt with cancer, and I don’t think that Daredevil does anything new and monumental with the battle.  Foggy has always been a constant in Matt’s life, and I can’t imagine that he’d be doomed to die (again…Brubaker “killed” him once as well).

In addition to a decent story, I love Chris Samnee’s style of art.  The art is a throwback to older art and much like Mike Allred, it is still detailed despite its basic nature.  The art is also a lot lighter to match the story of the series.  Alex Maleev worked for Bendis’ run, but it wouldn’t work here.

Daredevil by Mark Waid—Volume 5 continues the fun series and is some of Waid’s best work.  Daredevil is one of those characters that always seem like a one trick pony, but when written well, Daredevil is also one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel Universe.  This series makes you want to pick up the next volume immediately and continue the fun ride.

Related Links:

Daredevil by Mark Waid—Volume 1

Daredevil by Mark Waid—Volume 2

Daredevil by Mark Waid—Volume 3

Daredevil by Mark Waid—Volume 4

Daredevil by Mark Waid—Volume 6

Daredevil by Mark Waid—Volume 7

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