Daredevil #21 Review

Supreme: Part 1

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Matt Murdock has a new plan to end crime in New York for good. But he’ll need the help from some friends. 

Writer: Charles Soule

Artist: Goran Sudzuka

Colourist: Matt Milla

The purple arc marked a turn in Soule’s Daredevil. Until that point Murdock’s quest to become a great lawyer again was the main overall plot. With ‘Purple’ however there was a brief pause to remind readers of the catholic guilt Murdock goes through. Now with ‘Supreme’ it looks like Soule is back on track to tell his Law and Order epic.

I’m always dubious when superheroes get caught up in legal stories. I understand it is Daredevil’s forte but for me the argument that criminals can claim exemption after a vigilante arrests them is a bit ‘too real’ for a comic. I like my heroes as silver age as they can get. But Soule is managing to handle this legal story well, coupling it with the comic book goofiness of character’s like Ammo, who looks to have been ripped right out the 90s.

There is a character in this issue called Echo, who is probably a well-established character as well as some readers’ favourite, but this is my first exposure to her. She just appears. There’s some mild exposition to get people like me on board with the story. It comes across a bit convenient though and she feels more like a plot device than a character.

The art is quite interesting. Suduka’s style is very reminiscent of Chris Samnee. That isn’t a criticism, it’s just odd that the style would be so similar this soon after attempting to distance this Daredevil from Waid’s run. There is a two page spread within this issue that is beautiful. The colouring from Milla is wonderful throughout but especially on this spread.

I’m excited to see where Soule will take Daredevil.

Recommendation: pick up the issue.

Author: Alex

I review comics and books. I also take issue with a lot of things.

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