Thursday, 17 October 2013

Daredevil, Volume 3 by Mark Waid et al. Review

Three volumes in and we’re still on this omega drive storyline! Daredevil has a memory disc that looks like a Fantastic Four patch which contains dangerous information of numerous villainous organisations and all of them are after him. The first half of the book features Daredevil teaming up with Spider-Man, the Punisher and Cole. Who’s Cole you ask? No clue, I haven’t been reading Greg Rucka’s Punisher run, but I think she’s the wife of a man who was gunned down at her wedding, turning her into female Punisher. 

So the four of them hatch a plan to lure the various baddies to one place, “destroy” the omega drive in front of them, thus getting them off of Daredevil’s back while he hands the info over to the Avengers. I feel like this storyline has been going on forever especially as I’ve lost interest in it by now. Bad guys chase Daredevil. Daredevil outwits/outfights them. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Waid finally wraps up this storyline about halfway through this book but the whole team-up storyline is pretty dull and pointless given the ending where it was all for nothing. Anyway. 

There’s a cool story from Matt and Foggy’s past when they were in law school room-mates and how Matt went all Sherlock Holmes on one of their professors who had a grudge against Foggy for having a privileged background. Then we’re back to this bleeding omega drive nonsense where another convoluted plan takes off. Thankfully this one goes a lot faster and the story becomes Daredevil being held hostage by Dr Doom in Latveria who’s intent on vivisecting poor Matt to find out how his radar works. 

Daredevil, a blind man, gets his remarkable abilities from his enhanced senses so seeing him cope without them after Doom’s nanobots immobilise him is a novel feature of the story, lending an air of desperation and vulnerability to the character that I liked. A lot of readers have remarked on Waid’s approach to Daredevil, giving him a happy go lucky (or devil may care) attitude for most of the series, but in this story arc Matt addresses his attitude directly, talking about how much of a concerted effort it is and a fa├žade at best. It’s an interesting insight into Matt’s mind, as well as referencing an acclaimed aspect of this series. 

Daredevil Volume 3 is half a good book. The omega drive storyline went on too long, plus Cole is an awful character who gets far too many pages, but the young Matt and Foggy story and Matt’s fight for survival in Latveria made it worth reading. With Daredevil fighting for his life as the book closes I’m still on board with this title and want to see what happens next, especially as this omega drive stuff is finished.

Daredevil, Volume 3 by Mark Waid

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