Storytellers: Mark Waid & Chris Samnee
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Today, we say goodbye to one of the most consistent, enjoyable and entertaining runs on any character in recent memory. Over the course of the last four years and more than 40 issues, we’ve witnessed Daredevil rise from a B-list superhero to one of Marvel’s most important thanks to the sure writing of Mark Waid as well as spectacular art from the likes of Chris Samnee and more. While the final issue may not pack quite the punch some might be looking for, it leaves enough doors open for future writers as well as reinforces what has made Mark Waid’s run so magical.
Issue #18 picks up with Ikari seemingly killed by the Shroud as Daredevil struggles to find a way to save his own life as well as the lives of Foggy Nelson, Kristen McDuffie and Julia Carpenter. Without spoiling the plot, what I appreciated most about this issue was how it allowed Foggy to shine. Often portrayed as a bumbling sidekick, Waid always managed to treat the character with respect. This final issue truly shows how important Matthew Murdock’s loved ones are to his role as Daredevil, as well as his constant struggle with depression.
Having Matt reveal his identity, publicly, was a bold move, and one I did not think Mark Waid would continue to adhere to, admittedly. Foggy’s dialogue, however, serves as a stark contrast to stories like Identity Crisis, making the case that secrets only protect those who keep them. Seeing how strong Matt’s allies have been throughout this recent run, it’s hard to argue with him.