I've praised Charles Soule's Daredevil already for its ability to genuinely keep me guessing as to where its story is going. I'd like to happily report that this trend is continuing with this new issue.
Legal beat out Matt Murdock in Slug's case at the Court of Appeals. Even with the testimony of Daredevil, Legal beat out Matt's case. The District Attorney is upset with this embarrassment and informs Matt, if he chooses to continue to pursue this case, it will be without the financial support or manpower of the DA's office.
Back at Kingpin's tower, Legal informs Fisk that it is unlikely that Murdock will take this to the Supreme Court, but Fisk convinces Legal that he will remain on tap in case that happens.
Meanwhile, the contract that Kingpin gave Tombstone for Murdock's life is still on, and he continues to pursue attorney Matt Murdock.
Matt himself does want to pursue this case in the Supreme Court, and, without the support of the DA's office, he turns to an old friend for help.
Yeah, it's Foggy Nelson.
I know that's technically a spoiler, and I put it in the headline, but, well, is it really a spoiler? Do you think Matt Murdock would take a case to the Supreme Court without the support of his oldest and closest friend who is also an attorney? It's Foggy freaking Nelson — of course Matt would bring him in to help.
This is definitely one of the slower issues of the series. It has a lot of plot development and dialogue between people who are talking about a lot of legal proceedings. That could understandably get a little boring for some people, and this could have definitely been abbreviated somewhat to allow for a bit more excitement and genuine tension building.
Given that the plot is really interesting, this didn't bog it down too much though. It wasn't that much of a bother.
There is a fight towards the end that is visually creative and pretty cool. Tombstone attacks Matt in a bar, and Matt has to start a small fire and create smoke to obfuscate the fact that he is the one kicking the crap out of the mobster. It's mostly shown in Alec Morgan's version of the Daredevil senses, and it looks pretty damn cool.
Morgan is a very good artist. His stark art styling fits this world of courtroom dramas and masked superheroes with heightened senses. It also fits Daredevil's attempts at keeping a cool façade. That being said, at some angles, the faces look very strange. Sometimes characters look like caricatures of themselves, but this is only on about two-to-four panels of the entire comic. It's not too big of an issue.
The color work of Matt Milla works with Morgan's style to create this noir-esque world, giving it something of a detective novel feel too. It's stark, but dirty and grimy. The colors lean heavy on grays, blacks, and purples. It creates a nice balance.
I'm struggling to make predictions of where exactly the "Supreme" arc is going. It's intriguing so far, and its finale of what will most certainly create some drastic changes for the Daredevil comic, if not others as well, is promising.
Give this comic a chance next time you're at a shop. Daredevil is one of Marvel's greatest characters, and Soule is doing him some justice with a unique story. With a good artistic team of Morgan and Milla, this is a rock-solid comic deserving of a read.
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