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Comic Review: Daredevil #15.1

“Retrospection” – Storytellers: Mark Waid & Chris Samnee; Colorist: Matthew Wilson; Cover: Ryan Stegman & Marte Gracia

Foggy is hard at work ghostwriting Matt’s autobiography. In this issue we ear two anecdotes from the Devil. The first is a tale from when he was new to the vigilante hero game and the second is a tale later in his days when he was still on and off with Karen Page. 

“Worlds Collide” – Writer: Marc Guggenheim; Artist: Peter Krause; Colorist: Matthew Wilson

It was fun to see Daredevil in his classic digs. He’s on the prowl and his radar alerts a shooting. Matt finds a body and then a gunman. The gunman is apprehended and his lawyer turns out to be none other than Matt Murdock himself. This conflict of interest stumps Matt on how he can defend this man when he was the one that turned in this suspect. Matt’s boss won’t let him off the case and they derive the defense strategy to attack the vigilante known as the Daredevil. It’s quite a mindbender for Matt as he defends this client he believes to be guilty while also diving further into the case as Daredevil hits the streets trying to find the other two hearbeats he heard around the murder scene. In the end it all works out and Matt actually ends up defending the two true villains in this case. He learns a valuable lesson along the way. 

“You’re an attorney, you don’t get to play judge and jury. There’s a reason why justice supposed to be blind. I don’t care where you go, or what you do…never forget that.”

It was an interesting narrative with newbie Daredevil providing his perspective during this story. The letterer Joe Caramagna uses a neat trick with Matt’s narrative in his flashbacks with it presented in a regular sentence structure and capitalization, then the dialogue is typical comic structure in all caps. It’s a nice touch.

“Chasing the Devil” – Writer/Artist: Chris Samnee; Colorist: Matthew Wilson

Our second tale sums up “…that on the right day, ANY criminal can be a genuine threat.” Matt proceeds to tell Kirsten and Foggy about the time he encountered the Diablo as he prepared to unleash a high-end drug on New York. He’s exposed to the drug a la what happens to Batman with Scarecrow’s Fear Toxin in Batman Begins. The drug effects all the senses, super-heightens them, and Daredevil has to focus…really focus. Diablo is taken down but Matt is gravely effected by these drugs. He leaves the villain and seeks out a way to calm his senses, and the only way to do this is in the arms of Karen Page the woman he just revealed his identity to. 

“Villains have come and gone…but there were some battles that never ended. So we push on. And remind ourselves to be feless when you’re fighting for justice.”

It’s a testament to Matthew Wilson’s skills as a colorist in the variations of tone and texture between the overarching story but also the anecdotes. He does a magnificent job altering styles to match the story and reflect these periods in Matt Murdock’s life. 

This volume is winding down. I missed issue #15 but this #15.1 is a nice aside which occurs before #15.  We’ll see how this goes as Mark Waid and Chris Samnee wind down their Opus Diablo.