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Daredevil #89

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Daredevil #89

Credits

  • Words: Ed Brubaker
  • Art: Michael Lark & Stefano Gaudiano
  • Inks: Michael Lark & Stefano Gaudiano
  • Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
  • Story Title: The Devil Takes a Ride: Part 1
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Sep 27, 2006

Now that he has escaped from prison, Matt Murdock flees the country in an effort to track down Foggy Nelson’s killers.

Well, here we go again. A brand new story arc kicks into high gear as Matt Murdock finds himself knee deep in another mystery. This time around Matt travels to Monaco to follow up on a lead that connects lawyer Alton Lennox to Foggy’s murder, but unfortunately for Matt he gets more than he bargained for in the process.

In fact, Matt seems to be finding himself exiting the frying pan and plummeting straight into the fire, while sniffing out a lead in Spain. He registers under a false name and then does quick reconnaissance at a swanky hotel in Monte Carlo. It doesn’t take him very long to connect Alton Lennox to local mob boss Tybold Lucca, and in doing so Matt quickly charms his way into the mobster’s social circle. Surprisingly though, a confrontation ensues out at Lucca’s estate and Matt is pressed into action as Daredevil to confront a brand new Matador.

So I think it’s fairly obvious to point out the myriad of story beats thriving here in this issue. Again writer Ed Brubaker pulls no punches and he seems determined to craft a solid story every time out. So far I have yet to read a clunker since his run began and of course I am curious to see how far he can take the momentum. There’s a strong sense of urgency here with every single new plot thread revealed and that’s coupled with DD’s relentlessness as a man on the edge. I am also of the opinion that taking this story abroad to an overseas location will surely heighten the impact of Matt’s current predicament, and a fresh new perspective helps to achieve this.

Of course, a good art team is required to build this type of dramatic tension and it’s nice to see the regular team of Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudiano return after taking a break last issue. They work well in tandem to bring a succession of crisp panels that gets right to the point. You won’t find a moment of fluff here and the artists are proving to be equally as good as previous series chronicler Alex Maleev was to this series. I should also point out that a change in colorists, with Matt Hollingsworth replacing Frank D’Armata, certainly alters the mood of this issue and I like the change. I sometimes feel that Frank’s colors can be a tad overbearing and Matt’s work is lighter in tone and less a distraction for me as a final overlay atop of the inks.

I can’t think of a more perfect issue than this one though. Obviously the creative team speaks volumes in terms of the tremendous amount of passion exuded by everyone involved in bringing this series to life. It also helps to be starting another intriguing new story arc that will hopefully further propel the momentum. I have a feeling that this one will hit the stratosphere and far exceed the expectations of the previous one.

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