REVIEW: Daredevil #31

Written By: Mark Waid

Art By: Chris Samnee / Colours By: Javier Rodriguez / Letters By: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Price: $3.99

The Jester returns! And it’s no laughing matter. Plus: Meet Matt’s new law partner!

Mark Waid switches it up this week with subject matter that’s serious and more than a little relevant. We open with Foggy leading a discussion group of fellow cancer patients. It’s touching that we’re still following up with Foggy. A lesser writer would’ve shifted the focus solely on Matt after giving Foggy cancer.

Foggy Nelson: Daredevil’s Biggest Fan

At the law offices of Nelson and Murdock, Matt and ex-girlfriend and ex-district attorney Kirsten McDuffie, Foggy’s replacement, are watching the end of a trial unfold on television. An unseen villain complicates the matter by inciting riots across the city and endangering the lives of the jurors on the case. Matt races to save them all, discovering the man behind the chaos is The Jester.

Again, it’s nice to see Daredevil tackling non-superpowered crime. That and Waid manages to indirectly tackle some social issues as well. Another reason why Daredevil is one of the best Marvel titles on stands right now.

The Jester isn’t exactly an A-list villain and in any other book, he might come off as a bit silly, but the idea behind his plan here (that and the very last page) forces you to take him seriously as a legitimate threat.

Samnee’s art combined with Rodriguez’s colors are one of the best things about the series. The vivid action panels in here are especially great too look at too. Hats off to Waid and Samnee for another spectacular issue.

Score: 9.0

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