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4.0 out of 5 stars Punching back, 25 Jun 2014
Sam Quixote - See all my reviews
Down to his last twenty bucks, Matt Murdock goes to make amends with his former partner and best friend, Foggy Nelson, only to discover… Foggy has cancer. And I thought Mark Waid’s version was supposed to be the upbeat Daredevil!

Besides the crossover with Superior Spider-Man (which was pretty bland), the book follows a mysterious assailant’s plan to destroy The Man Without Fear as he attempts to spawn dozens of Daredevils by recreating Matt’s childhood accident. Who is the man with the plan? Who is Ikari? And why does Stilt-Man keep committing crimes in New York City, the most heavily superhero-populated city in the Marvel Universe?!

I’m not a huge fan of Daredevil nor have I been the biggest cheerleader for this acclaimed series but it’s had its moments, and this book is arguably the best. It’s also the conclusion of an arc that’s apparently been running since the first volume – I say “apparently” because I had no strong impression of an arc threading through these five volumes!

Nonetheless, Waid does his best to make the connections between the multiple books and almost pulls it off – until he reveals the mastermind behind it all. Really – that guy? Would that guy have been able to pull it off? And no, I’m not talking about Stilt-Man, though I do like that he’s become a running gag in this series.

However, Waid does successfully create a tense atmosphere of paranoia as Matt realises the villain’s agents are everywhere and we see him slowly losing his composure. That scene when a replacement solicitor shows up at the office for an interview with Matt was a masterstroke of bait and switches, especially with that incredible final panel! I’m surprised the attempts to re-create Matt’s accident proved so fruitful though – apparently there IS a formula for creating multiple Daredevils if you want to! Kind of makes him less than unique though…

But it’s Foggy who’s the standout character of this book. I love how Matt’s there for his pal as he goes through chemo but Foggy’s there for Matt too in figuring out the villain’s identity and telling his buddy what he needed to hear when he needed to hear it. And the coda to the book, a short story starring Foggy called Punching Cancer… man, what a tearjerker! Foggy goes to the children’s cancer ward to tell them stories of the superheroes he’s met over the years and gets upstaged by Iron Man who drops by to buck up the kids’ spirits. I won’t say anything more but it was a beautiful comic.

And a large part of its beauty comes from Chris Samnee’s outstanding art. It’s almost redundant to praise the art in this series as Marcos Martin, Mike Allred and Chris Samnee’s art is never anything less than stellar, and everyone has mentioned how gorgeous the book looks, but, one more time (all together now!), the art is AMAZING!! I may not love all of Waid’s scripts but I’ve enjoyed the artwork in every single book in this run.

Daredevil Volume 5 is one of the highlights in Waid’s run – don’t miss it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb episode in this story of the most human of Marvel's heroes, 22 May 2014
Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
The story running through issues #22-27 of the current series of Daredevil is collected as Daredevil by Mark Waid - Volume 5. This is a superb collection, which starts with an attempt by the Superior Spider-Man to arrest Daredevil, which is only foiled by the intervention of the All-New Stilt-Man, who has stolen some of Doctor Octopus's technology to upgrade his suit.
Daredevil: "Are you grinding your teeth?"

The main focus of the opening issue however is the human side of the story, as Matt goes to make up with Foggy, only to discover that he has been diagnosed with a dangerous disease. The rest of this volume sees Matt and Foggy working through the treatment regimen, interrupted only by the return of DD's deadliest enemy, who has been behind the recent assaults on DD/Matt, and who has created an army of `soldiers' through repeating the accident that originally created Daredevil. As well as a slew of, basically, loonies, he has also created a super-ninja with all of Daredevil's powers, and who is actually able to defeat Daredevil. The identity of the villain is guessable to long-time readers as soon as you see him, though the naming is kept secret right up until Daredevil confronts him before their final battle.

This really is a superb story, which manages to intertwine the human and civilian side of Matt Murdock's life with the heroic, and ranks up there with the best of Daredevil's classic storylines. I can't praise it enough, but I can't describe it either without spoiling it. Go and read it.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 14 Sep 2013
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Great book. Sturdy continuation of the Waid story arc. Can't wait for next volume. Advice: don't pre-order - wait a day or so after release and it will be better financially
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