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Week of Cool Comic Book Moments – The Blind Literally Leading the Blind

Every day this week will see me feature a brand-new Cool Comic Book Moment. For this week only, I’ll be specifically featuring cool moments that happened in the last couple of years (basically since I last did the Year of Cool Comic Moments). Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far.

Today we take a look at a great moment from the Eisner-Award winning Daredevil #7, by writer Mark Waid, penciler Paolo Rivera, inker Joe Rivera (Paolo’s dad!) and colorist Javier Rodriguez.

The basic concept of the book is that Matt Murdock is taking a group of blind children on a trip for Christmas. However, while in the snow-covered mountaints of the Catskills, their bus gets into an accident. The bus driver is killed and an injured Matt Murdock and a group of blind kids are now stuck in the middle of the mountains in the midst of a snowstorm. Not a good situation, right?

Matt (who changes into Daredevil because of the warm costume and because the kids aren’t going to be able to tell he’s Daredevil, after all) bemoans the situation…

He thinks there might be hope…

Things look bleak, but then…

What an awesome moment. Waid did a great job getting us to this point but holy crap, the Riveras really drew the hell out of that nearly full-page splash at the end.

Waid has a GREAT line of the next page regarding the kids. This is collected in the second trade collection of Waid’s Daredevil. You should really buy all of them, they’re awesome!


The Original Jimmy

March 10, 2013 at 1:01 am

I used this comic not long ago in my role as a Special Education Teacher to highlight how powerful students with a disability can be no matter what. It truly is an inspiring issue, and Rivera and Waid knock it out of the park. There needs to be more comics like Daredevil out there – drama, action, and above all, hope and strength of character. Foggy Nelson’s recent and upcoming battle will hopefully highlight more moments like these (actually the last page of the last issue of Daredevil deserves to be highlighted in this column.)

As much as people rave about this story, I thought the pacing was too fast. The story just seemed to wrap up way too quickly. Maybe my expectations were too high going in.

nice was hoping sooner or later this moment showed up for it shows that one can wind up tapping in to strengths they did not know they had in crisis even disabled people like those kids helping daredevil after he fell and slpped trying to get to the house for help.

Just a great issue and run so far. Waid is the first guy in years who seems to remember Matt is blind and use that fact in his stories,

A Horde of Evil Hipsters

March 11, 2013 at 10:22 am

“Waid is the first guy in years who seems to remember Matt is blind and use that fact in his stories”

I doubt anyone’s forgotten. It’s just that the radar sense has long since been established to be so effective that the only thing Murdock can’t “see” are text and pictures on flat surfaces.

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