Daredevil has awoken unmasked in a cell in a remote part of China. His jailer is Blindspot, the young hero he once mentored before the murderous artist, Muse, took his eyes from him.
However, Blindspot is no longer without his eyes, and he has aligned himself with the Hand. He decides to tell Daredevil his life story while he awaits whatever the Hand has in store for him.
The bulk of this issue is Blindspot explaining what his childhood and time before meeting Daredevil was like. We learn of his time spent in a small village, the ambitions of his mother, and how he came to be on board the human trafficking vessel that eventually brought him to New York City.
We also see how and why he became corrupted by the Hand. Whether or not there is still hope for Blindspot is left up in the air.
His backstory isn’t especially shocking or unique, but there is a decent amount of characterization packed into small details. You are left to wonder whether or not he’s been brainwashed a la the Winter Soldier or if this is just him now like the Red Hood.
What he does to Matt on behalf of the Hand in this issue is impressively sadistic.
Ron Garney’s artwork on this issue is as great as ever. His style is perfectly fit for Daredevil and does often have me reminiscing of John Romita Jr’s Daredevil work. Matt Milla’s color work is appropriately faded-looking, and the two together capture the noire vibe that has always run through the life and times of Matt Murdock.
While I can’t say this was the most exciting or interesting issue of Charles Soule’s Daredevil, I can say that this comic never left me bored or dissatisfied. Fleshing out Blindspot is a good idea, and this is an engaging story arc. Garney’s artwork helps elevate the book, as it is visually stunning. This comic does earn a recommendation in the end, and I do advise that you read it.
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