Thursday, July 24, 2008

Daredevil #109 Review

Written by Greg Rucka & Ed Brubaker
Art by Michael Lark

I don't really get that cover. What does South America have to do with this story and why does Daredevil have a machinegun?

If these two creators were a Reese peanut butter cup, Rucka would be the chocolaty coating preventing Brubaker's peanut buttery goodness from overpowering our tastebuds.
Cover image aside, Marvel needs to duct tape Rucka and Brubaker together and force them to keep writing Daredevil together. While Brubaker has had some high moments on his run, it's been fairly inconsistent. It's had more ups than downs, but the lows seemed to be coming more and more often the longer he was on the book. Rucka seems to be reigning in Brubaker and keep him on track. If these two creators were a Reese peanut butter cup, Rucka would be the chocolaty coating preventing Brubaker's peanut buttery goodness from overpowering our tastebuds. Mmm... Reese peanut butter cups.

With only one issue remaining on their Cruel & Intentional storyarc, Brubaker and Rucka hammer out most of the details about the murder mystery and why Big Ben Donovan is intentional taking the fall for it.

We don't have all of the details, but it appears Big Ben Donovan has been putting almost all of his money into his son's trust fund account ever since he and his wife separated and the reason he is taking the fall has something to do with the money he's put away for his son.

There's also the FBI, who've already attacked Dakota in an attempt to get her to drop this case, and Dakota's father, who has ties to the CIA, also warning her off of this case, claiming that it has to do with national security and threats against the country. We also see the FBI spying on Matt and his colleagues and reporting in that they are not giving up on the case and telling them to expect trouble.

This leads to Matt finding information on Eric Slaughter, an old crime boss that has set up a supposedly legit operation on the docks, while looking for information on past connections to the murders. Following his lead, he confronts Slaughter, who he confirms is lying about not knowing anything about Donovan, but it's too late for Daredevil as a helicopter with snipers, most likely FBI related, has him in their scopes as Slaughter laughs on.

Finally, the issue ends with Brubaker maiming another female supporting member, Dakota, who he's already had beaten and is still sporting the nasty bruise from that confrontation, with her being sniped in the shoulder while walking down town. With what he's done to Milla, Sharon Carter and, now, Dakota over the past year, I'm starting to see where some of the detractors of Brubaker's work are coming from with the misogynist complaints...

Verdict - Must Read. Rucka and Brubaker are in their element with this crime noir style murder mystery story and I'm loving every minute of it. Daredevil hasn't been this good since Devil in Cell Block D.

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