REVIEW: Daredevil #33

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Written By: Mark Waid

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

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“Monsters Stink!” Daredevil finds himself wrapped up in an adventure that will send his life spiraling out of control as we head into next year’s 50th Anniversary… and the end of everything Matt Murdock holds dear!

After his encounter with a angry ‘anti-monsters ‘ mob in which he was shot, an unconscious Daredevil dreams about Foggy. He’s revived by a new iteration of the Legion of Monsters. Brought back from the brink of death by Satana and Jack Russell (Werewolf by Night), he’s pointed towards a cabin that contains pages missing from the Darkhold. Lucien Sinclair, a member of the Sons of the Serpent, has horded a library of mystical books and tomes. After a disturbing trip through an underground passageway, Matt reaches the cabin and burns it down, handing Sinclair over to the Legion and leaving. With the pages he secretly kept.

I have to say – This issue was the first I’ve been disappointed by. I just couldn’t understand how Matt found it so difficult to accept the supernatural here  or why he so strongly resisted accepting the notion of dark magic playing a bigger role in the Sons of the Serpent’s existence. I mean , this is a guy who’s fought Mephisto. And Matt’s been portrayed in both comics and film version as an explicitly Catholic character.

And I can’t help but think the Monsters were sort of wasted here. Garth The Zombie is in three panels and has no dialogue. I mean, aside from reviving Matt they basically just pointed him towards the cabin and got screwed in the end. But it was nice seeing them again. I’d hoped they would stick around and be featured in another issue, but that’s more of a personal wish than anything.

Copland isn’t Samnee, but I thought his work here matched the book’s aesthetic fairly well, so it was hard to really notice a difference.

That said, it was a decent issue, if a little off  on characterization.

Score: 7.0

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