Writer/Penciller: Joe Quesada
Inker: Danny Miki
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Daredevil gets knocked around by the Santerians, a new gang of Hispanic superheroes. Their powers seem to be mystical in nature, and their leader exerts a kind of ďsuper charisma.Ē After the fight, DD finds Sean Farrell at the scene of the latest ďJohnny SocketsĒ murder. Itís enough to make Murdock think Seanís the killer. He sets up another appointment with Maggie, Seanís wife. Then he goes for some payback.
The Frank Miller influence is even stronger here than in previous issues. Not that thatís a bad thing. Quesada uses shadows, framing, and pacing in ways similar to Miller. And quite successfully, I must say. Murdock still looks bulky, but itís hidden under loose clothes and later heavy armor. I also liked the way Murdockís library was filled with Japanese weapons and artifacts. Mattís connection to ninja history doesnít get touched upon very often. The sepia-toned images return again, establishing themselves as a repeated motif signifying Murdockís confusion about Sean Farrellís connection to his past. Finally, Murdock saying heís not looking for the Johnny Sockets killer because he hasnít killed in Hellís Kitchen is in keeping with Bendisí portrayal of Matt in his monthly series. Matt can be a real asshole at times. It allows him to focus on Hellís Kitchen while actively ignoring the rest of NYC.
Overall, this is an improvement over the last issue. Itís shaping up to be a fine story. And Iíd be saying that even if I didnít think Joe Quesada was reading this.
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