Sunday, 23 April 2017

Daredevil, Volume 10: The Widow Review (Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev)

Madame Hydra is captured in Bulgaria but the local authorities won’t give the Avengers the collar – unless they give them Black Widow in exchange. The US government quietly sends someone out to capture Natasha who decides to hide in plain sight with Matt Murdock – who also has a big target on his head now that he’s the Kingpin! Ah, quiet reunions are never a thing between exes anyway!

Daredevil, Volume 10: The Widow is an ok read but it feels like Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev have stopped trying at this point. The public hounding of Matt Murdock, continually asking if he’s Daredevil, feels really played out and the main storyline is entirely tension-free. Will Daredevil and Black Widow defeat No-Name Assassin #398 and Jigsaw, a D-list Leatherface cosplayer? Exactly – hardly edge-of-your-seat stuff.

That said, it’s a well-written and entertaining enough read it just feels like a bit of a pointless storyline. Speaking of pointless, the Daredevil 40th Anniversary issue was even more so! It’s full of uninteresting short stories like Matt meeting with Nick Fury and Captain America, neither of which go anywhere, and there are addendums to scenes from earlier in the series which are needless and feel repetitive.

The Widow is a readable and mildly fun volume but it’s an unremarkable and unmemorable addition to the series. Not bad, not great, not much of anything!

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