In a world, where purple children run through the streets, begging for help while being chased down by zombie-like strangers, one man stands tall…yeah, yeah, yeah I know it sounds ridiculous—and it is, kind of—but I assure you that this book, purple children and all, is an excellent read.
But you don’t care about the purple children (or maybe you do, and that’s alright too) you want to know whether or not Daredevil #18 is worth picking up, right? Of course, you do, so keep reading to find out why I think that you should absolutely buy/read Daredevil #18.
Daredevil #18 (Marvel Comics)
So, I know that I started out this review by talking about purple children and making light of the situation with the old Action-flick ‘In a world…’ trailer-thing, but Daredevil #18 is anything but a high-concept, big-budget flop whose sole purpose is to make money. Daredevil #18 is an excellent comic book and a definite must-read for Daredevil fans.
In issue #17 we learned that Daredevil didn’t regain his secret identity by making a deal with Mephisto or by way of Doctor Strange’s magic. No, Matt Murdoch split himself from Daredevil some other way, and while Daredevil #18 doesn’t come out and say it, the picture is getting clearer, and I’m almost sure that we’ll know exactly what happened in either issue #19 or Issue #20. Regardless of when the whole truth comes out, we now know that Daredevil was able to regain his secret identity thanks to something that happens with the Purple Man, Zebediah Killgrave.
The Purple Man debuted in Daredevil #4 (1964), and has been making appearances in the Marvel Universe ever since, and while I cannot say that I am captain of the Zebediah Killgrave fan club, I am quite happy with writer Charles Soule’s decision to incorporate the Purple Man into this arc. Speaking of Charles Soule, his writing in Daredevil #18 is sharp, and the decision to twist this tale into a confession was brilliant.
Thanks to Ron Garney’s artwork, Matt Milla’s coloring, and perhaps the inclusion of a classic villain, Daredevil #18 has a real vintage vibe, that I couldn’t get enough of. The panel and page layouts were relatively straightforward, but effective in that they perfectly accompany Soule’s story. And when you pick this one up, I want you to pay special attention to the last, full-page spread—you’ll know it when you see it—because in it, Daredevil is menacing as all hell, and I just love it when artists emphasize Daredevil’s devilish features.
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