Friday, November 1, 2013

Olivia's Pick of the Week: Daredevil #32

Daredevil #32
writer: Mark Waid
artist: Chris Samnee

Appropriately spooky themed since yesterday was Halloween. This issue was fantastic. I read it and was completely shocked by the ending. I'm not going to spoil it if you haven't read it already. I will talk about the other things that happened in the issue though.

The Jester from the previous issue had planted a body for Matt Murdock to find. It was a replica of Matt's good buddy, Foggy Nelson. It's cool to see there's still confusion about the connection between Matt and Daredevil. The Jester is flipping out as he can't understand why Matt would not react to seeing his friend hung. Of course Matt can't see, but he does have his other senses which tell him that the whole thing is a set-up. He, for one, can't smell a real dead body. There's a small scuffle with some planted cops but Matt gets away.

In order to get to the bottom of everything, Matt talks to Dr. Strange who he thinks might be able to help. He tells Matt to take a trip to the south to meet a man. There's a diversion as Matt comes to understand this small town that he's landed in has essentially turned into a lynch mob and are chasing some poor fellow. Matt intervenes, but the man he thinks he is saving is no man at all but an actual monster. Matt can pick up the smell of death on this being. And that's not all as there are more than one monster around. There's a big ker-fuffle and Matt doesn't know what side to take anymore.

 I like the way the creative team has been handling the racial themes. It's showing the complicated nature of it all. Thing aren't always as they seem and there are two sides to every story. When Matt arrives at his new location you read into it as being a behind-the-times kind of place. It feels like a lynch mob. It's mirroring the trial with the rich, Caucasian woman who shot the african-american youth and was proven not-guilty. How there was a mob there too who had started to hunt down the jury members for their conviction. As the reason why this mob is chasing the monsters hasn't been given, we can only speculate as to what could have brought everyone to this moment.

This is a smart and funny book that is really well drawn, too. It's a really good read.


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