Storytellers: Mark Waid & Chris Samnee; Colors: Matthew Wilson
There are some creepy kids with a man named Zeb. They invade a home and he convinces the woman named Lahni, who he once knew, to take a walk…off the roof.
Flash over to Daredevil and Kirsten who go out on a boat with her estranged father. He is trying to reconnect, for the most part, and then offers to publish Matt’s autobiography for $8 million. Since they were out on a yacht there was no cell signal. When they come back Daredevil has to go help the SFPD. He finds out the man from earlier was Killgrave, a former spy with mind control powers. They don’t know why he did what he did though. I want to know why he’s using kids, or taking them rather. Is he a pied piper for children?
Apparently they are children he’s sown over the years. He’s dealt with their mothers and he’s wrangled them up to have a family. He also has passed on his mind control gifts to these children. He wants them to love him but by their own accord, not by a command he is placing upon them. They do end up coming together…in killing him. They use their minds and get him to walk in front of a trolley. Now they want to see what else they can do in San Francisco.
The kids aren’t all right. They are running amuck with their mind control powers, while Matt Murdock is digging into his “dead” friend Foggy Nelson about his potential book deal. Foggy warns him that there are a lot of demons in his past, asking the valid question: Do you want to relive all of that pain? Not long after Daredevil has a run-in with the purple reign kiddies. They feel threatened and “attack”. Come to find out, unlike their father they don’t just tell you to do something, they make you feel any emotion they want you to. So we leave Daredevil in a very precarious situation at the end of this issue. Plus, Killgrave comes back, he can put his body back together.
Matt Murdock has to track down the Purple children because their daddy is not too happy with them. Killgrave has put his body back together and wants see his progeny. Daredevil knows he has ill intentions but needs to get on the good side of at least one of the children. Can it happen? Will he get the help he needs? I does but the story ends on a sour note since some of these children are now orphans, but they must be kept away from each other or their powers will manifest.
The story and the art are amazing. I even think there’s some more realism put into the art by Chris Samnee. The run of Waid and Samnee is coming closer to it’s end and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of their run.