Daredevil #12 is written by Mark Waid with art by Chris Samnee. That’s all that needs to be said at this point. Since 2011, and even with the series’ relaunch in early 2014, Mark Waid has achieved continued, persistent excellence writing “The Man Without Fear.” The same can be said for Samnee, who continues to deliver outstanding artwork thanks to his beautiful style and ability to move characters throughout the page. With much of the issue relying on little dialogue, Samnee is allotted the opportunity to shine, and shine brightly is what he does.
Waid and Samnee open Daredevil #12 with Daredevil riding a motorcycle atop one of the suspension cables of the Golden Gate Bridge, chasing another individual on a motorcycle. This scene captures why Daredevil is the best superhero comic published today. The scenario presented here – bombastic and over-the-top – could have floundered due to poor execution. What makes it work here is the creative team’s attention to detail. Their focus on the little things, such as the roar of a motorcycle engine and its effects on Matt’s abilities, build out the world and make for an immerse reading experience.
Having the readers buy into this world (and the gravity of the scenario at hand) from the onset makes the death-defying acrobats of Matt Murdock a stunning sight. From the moment Daredevil dismounts from his motorcycle via explosion, Chris Samnee owns the issue, delivering an astounding chase sequence worth of San Francisco’s streets. The sight of Daredevil using his telescoping cane to drive a muscle car should be remembered as one of the best images of 2015, even if the year is only 2 weeks old at the time of this review’s publishing.
Samnee’s artwork is further elevated by Mark Waid’s writing. With over 25 years in the industry, no one writes pure superhero fun on a more consistent basis better. Furthermore, few writers have been able to layer their superhero stories with real-world issues as he has. His Original Sin tie-in issues dealt with neglect and guilt. The Purple Man arc expertly tackled the subject of clinical depression. Here, narcissism is brought to the forefront. It may not be as meaty a psychological issue as the previous two, but it is handled just as well.
Here is a creative team that is working perfectly in sync with one another to deliver a superhero saga with heart. The hero is real. The villains are real. Even the romantic subplot is real, as Matt’s relationship with Kirsten McDuffie takes another step forward. Daredevil #12 is written by Mark Waid with art by Chris Samnee. What else needs to be said?
Note: This review was originally published at InfiniteComix.com