Daredevil #26 Review: The Hunt For Blindspot Gets Complicated

Daredevil #26
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Writer: Charles Soule, Artist: Ron Garney, Color Artist: Matt Milla, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

With the red suit back on and the new ‘People v. Slugansky’ ruling moving into effect, Matt Murdock is back to business as usual — sort of. One difference is that he is trying to make up for the lack of Blindspot in Chinatown. He has been taken by his mother, and so Daredevil has to look after the turf of his missing partner.

Things gets complicated when he receives a request from Blindspot himself, and he is asked to go to China. He follows the lead there in the hopes of finding his friend.

Of course, nothing can ever be that straight forward for the Man Without Fear.

It’s odd that this feels like a “back-to-business” Daredevil story given that it involves traveling to the other side of the world, but it does. It involves following leads, stalking locales that are rife with bad guys, and, of course, the good-old red Daredevil suit.

‘Supreme’, while good, did involve a lot more legal processes than punching people in the face. That is why ‘Land of the Blind’ immediately feels like an appropriate change of pace with Daredevil going out into the literal and figurative wilderness to find his friend. Plus, Blindspot being out of commission was a thread left hanging with the beginning of ‘Supreme.’ This was especially confusing, given that it was proceeded by a story that involved Daredevil tracking down Bullseye in the hopes of finding a formula to cure Blindspot’s lack of vision, since Bullseye pulled that off not too long ago.

The fear of getting lost in legal jargon is probably why #26 skirted around what could have been an interesting sequence in Matt arguing his way out of detainment in the Chinese airport. There was a promise of dueling in travel laws alien to the average reader that sounded like an interesting premise, but the book skips through it. That is a bit of a shame, but I do understand the sentiment on Charles Soule‘s part.

Ron Garney’s return is one of the most exciting parts of the comic. The plot is enthralling, but Garney’s gorgeous artwork and stunning depictions of the Chinese landscape steal the show. Garney captures the world of Daredevil perfectly, and his work raises the issue even further.

Matt Milla is a seasoned color artist in Daredevil by now, and he’s no slouch. The dark and dingy shades he works in make the book atmospheric as hell, and it also feels very Daredevil.

This is a really good starting position for the next story arc of Daredevil. The setup is great, the story is fun while still very macabre, and Ron Garney’s artwork is fantastic. Give this one a read.

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.