Well, since I’m trying to catch up on Spider-Man comics, there was a two part tie-in issue, Amazing Spider-Man (ASM) #677, and Daredevil (DD) #8 written by Mark Waid and art by Kano (that is such a wicked name by the way). The Story for the two books is simple. Black Cat (Felicia) is the Marvel version of “Catwoman” found in “DC” comics. This Means she’s the cat burglar who is an on /off hero when she sees fit. She has the hots for Spider-Man and has been framed for stealing a hologram. Daredevil is one of Marvel’s go to lawyers, so Spidey enlists DD’s help to try and get her out of jail or any kind of legal trouble in general (which she didn’t need since she escaped and found Spidey and DD anyway and is persuaded by Spidey to investigate further).
The three manage to find the man who invented the hologram device in inside a hidden room in his apartment, where they interrogate him and he reveals that his kidnapping was forced by members of Terra-One in order to co-operate. Spidey and Felicia believe that he might be lying but Daredevil’s acute senses reveals that, not only is he telling the truth, but he’s also been poisoned and has very few minutes remaining to live, so Spider-Man rushes with him to the hospital while DD and Felicia head to investigate.
They both manage to find the location of the Holographic Projector, safeguarded by members of Black Spectre and an ambush is at place. After defeating the initial assault, DD and Felicia head to the high security levels to search for the device, all of this while Felicia flirts with DD. They both split and DD manages to find the device and easily defeat the guards, since they ignore the fact that DD is blind and therefore can’t be fooled by the holograms.
After finding the device and reuniting with Felicia, she comments that Daredevil is not satisfied with the job done so she decides to compensate him with a long, passionate kiss. Daredevil tries to think who might’ve set up Felicia and in a flashback is revealed that Felicia bumped with the mastermind of the theft who reveals to her that the entire ordeal starting with Felicia being set up, was part of his plan to get her attention and “test her” in order to offer her a huge reward in exchange of a device in possession of Matt Murdock (DD) himself.
Meanwhile, in the distance, Spidey sees DD and Black cat kissing with pain and anger. Afterwards, Felicia and Matt go to his apartment to continue the passionate exchange but just when things start to heat up, Foggy Nelson calls Matt to tell him that the body of his father has suddenly disappeared.
The story, as you can see isn’t for much, but the MAIN part to this story (to me anyway) is the new “love triangle” that’s established. As you can see in the end, it sets up a next story arc thats solely in the pages of DD. I don’t often read DD (blame the Daredevil movie) but this take seemed refreshing. He recently had this whole dictator like arc going (see “Shadowland”) and from what I’ve heard about it, it seemed pretty stupid (Maybe one day I’ll review it). The flirting moments are very comedic to the story/character its so welcomed and easily the best part about this book. I’m curious to see how this plays out later.
The art (in both books if not just in this one) is outstanding. I prefer this kind of art (that I’ve called “loose anime style”). The cover is done by one of my favourite artist by the name Paolo Rivera with interior art by Kano (I believe I’ve seen his art work before just can’t remember where exactly). The art is a good transition from the issue previous. In terms of the art to story, with Daredevil as the main guy here, I felt it was a calm approach and very “down to earth”. Which, with DD you kind of need that because he isn’t like Spider-Man, he mostly deals with gang crime and lawyer stuff. More so stuff thats grounded in reality as a blind superhero can be in.
Mark Waid writing was solid, I don’t know if this was a creative story or a story told because of Marvel but either way as i said before it isn’t for much. Maybe because I don’t read DD comics often or at all, but it just seemed like there was a bit too much going on (yet still not enough) it is a good jump on point story however.
- Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
- Art: 4.7 out of 5,
- layout*: 4 out of 5,
- True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
- Story: 2 out of ,
- Continuity? It has yet to be seen (by me) how good this story connects. I doubt i’ll be reading another Daredevil comic book though for some time. I do hope that Black Cat toes get DD tho. they have good chemistry.
*layout for anyone wondering is just how each frame is set up, from singles to full/double page spreads to word placement bubbles to the art.
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