I review my pick of the week for this week’s comics, Daredevil #31 by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, published by Marvel.
Story: Mark Waid | Art: Chris Samnee | Publisher: Marvel Comics | Price: $2.99
The Jester returns! And it is no laughing matter. Plus: Meet Matt’s new law partner! Plus PLUS…News from Hank Pym!
So, Daredevil #31. Mark Waid’s run on the series so far I’ve been following since #26 and have been enjoying every issue. Every time this book has come out it’s gained a Pick of the Week status and this week is no different, with another stellar portrayal of the character and another superb display of art from Chris Samnee. This book is so good that it ranks among my Top 5 favourite current ongoing series, right up there with the likes of Batman, Green Arrow, Hawkeye and well, the fifth spot is up for grabs with so many excellent series worthy of it – X-Men, Lazarus, The Wake, Young Avengers, Batwoman (or at least until JH Williams III leaves), Aquaman and more. There’s too many good comics at the moment for me to limit my options to a Top 5, but Batman, Green Arrow, Hawkeye and Daredevil certainly take those spots.
This issue sees the return of the Jester, a villain who at first glance I thought was a weak Marvel parody of DC’s Joker. And whilst we don’t actually meet the Jester in person in this issue, Daredevil #31 still manages to make his presence really felt as the book touches on recent problems regarding race issues, and handles them without provoking offence or disrespect. The book manages to be solid and powerful, delivering some great scenes as one of the less action-packed Daredevil books that we’ve seen, but this still allows for an element of action to take place, but there aren’t any major fight scenes that we’ve seen from the last few issues.
Also, Mark Waid continues the habit of featuring guest stars. Last issue it was the Silver Surfer, and this issue it’s Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man, a character who I don’t know that much about aside from the cluttered mess that was Age of Ultron, so I was pleased to say that Waid handles his character very well here (he also did the #10 AU. One-shot which served as a sort-of origin story for Hank which allowed me to familiarise myself more with the character and have me eagerly anticipating the upcoming Ant-Man movie directed by Edgar Wright. Despite this, I like how Waid made sure that Hank doesn’t really have a large role in the events of this issue that prevent the main focus from being on Daredevil, and he has a lesser role to play in the book than the Silver Surfer last month.
If there’s one thing that I’d change about Daredevil is the fact that it takes seemingly forever to come out, but it’s the sheer quality of this book that keeps me sticking around to find out what happens next. So it’s safe to say that once again, Daredevil has pick of the week status for me, and I eagerly await issue #32, particularly after that cliffhanger that sets up the next issue nicely. Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are doing a killer job on this book, and if you’re not reading it already – you really should be.
Pick of the Week.