Daredevil is a dark character – or at least he is when he’s being taken care of by the creative team that are currently telling his tales. Charles Soule and company have returned Daredevil to the dark and dirty drama of Hell’s Kitchen, and cannot stress enough how much I’m enjoying it. I also love, more than anything in the world, when writers can come up with a new villain for a long standing character; and for that villain not to be complete garbage. Batman seems to be the only comic book character whose writers never stop creating amazing villains, but so far Daredevil‘s Ten Fingers is definitely a memorable foe.
The moments in Daredevil books that are often the most tense are when a big bad villain finds their way into Matt Murdock’s life, not knowing that he is in fact their night time foe. Last issue’s cliffhanger had Ten Fingers showing up to Matt’s “office”, and we learn in Daredevil #4 that he came to passive-aggressively threaten Matt for opposing his ideals while attempting to justify his psycho cult, explaining his plan to “save” everyone. Murdock doesn’t take well to being threatened, no matter how severe, but he always manages keep cool on the surface.
During his nightly adventures, Daredevil is doing a favor for Steve Rodgers, cleaning out a local hive of villainy. Soule deftly handles Horn Head’s inner struggle with telling Steve why he really reached out to him, all while old man Rogers is telling him how much he admires the Man Without Fear. Their relationship is playing out in a very satisfying matter, and it’s one we don’t see explored much in Marvel history. It’s interesting to see Captain Rogers seek out Daredevil’s help in the matter given how dark and violent readers have seen him be in recent books; just another layer to how cool it is to have them interacting at this point in time.
However, the most interesting plot line in Daredevil #4 is that of Blindspot, Daredevil’s first ever apprentice/sidekick who has been a mysterious but exciting addition to the DD cast of characters. Steve and Matt spend some time talking about him and how little they know about him, but Matt ensures Steve that he trusts the kid. Meanwhile, we get a deep look into what’s really going on with Blindspot and his ties to Ten Fingers’ organization. The tactic that Soule has utilized in trickling out little slivers of backstory on this new character in these four issues forces readers to choose whether his intentions are malicious or not. As more comes to light, Blindspot becomes more complex, and the series continues to gain more of my attention and appreciation.
The style of the artwork in Daredevil #4 might not be for everybody but I truly believe it’s a perfect fit. Ron Garney and Goran Sudzuka give the book a ninja noir feel and the look of it accents the subject material perfectly, at least for this arc. Matt Milla’s colors, though limited, also emphasize the action that pops in every panel. The major players being Ten Fingers and The Hand in opposition to Daredevil with a Kung-Fu brawler atmosphere is a great pairing. Daredevil’s costume, too, continues to be one of the current Marvel reboot suits that will undoubtedly be an alternate skin favorite for any video game featuring Horn Head.
Charlie Soule hands in another great issue and has me (a big DD fan) in particular buying in completely. Daredevil trying to defuse a bomb, listening to Steve Rogers’ color based instructions to no avail because he is blind, forcing him to grab his escaping target off the roof to do it for him is everything I love about Daredevil all in one scene. For that moment alone this issue gets a perfect rating, but everything else outside of that perfection is also absolutely on par.