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Week of Cool Comic Book Moments – Daredevil’s New Nemesis Comes With a Twist…

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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 so far this year. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far.

Today we look at the twist in Daredevil’s new nemesis in last month’s Daredevil #25 by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee…

In Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Daredevil, Matt Murdock has been running afoul of some mysterious organization and in this issue, he meets their main warrior, a fellow named Ikari who is dressed in a variation of Daredevil’s original costume and who also has radar sense like Daredevil. The two have a pitched battle and as Daredevil struggles with battling someone with the same powers as him, he realizes something, he has one advantage – he has been doing this longer!

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A very clever idea by Daredevil (and Waid – who is constantly making fascinating observations about Daredevil’s setup during this series).

But then, the cruel twist…

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Yep, Ikari has radar sense but he can also SEE! As you might imagine, things don’t go so well for Daredevil after that.

What a clever twist by Waid (it is almost an afterthought by this point, but also, WOW, Chris Samnee drew the hell out of the entire fight sequence)!

If YOU have a suggestion for a cool comic book moment from a comic that came out in 2013 that you’d like to see me feature, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

13 Comments

It’s kind of interesting that Ikari (so far) works a lot better than previous takes on a similar concept like Karl Kesel’s introduction of Insomnia or even (I’d argue) David Mack’s creation of Echo. (Granted that Echo wasn’t really intended as a straight-ahead villain, but still a character who simply vanished after getting a pretty significant “push.”) Both were played as counterparts of Daredevil as well, and both had as part of their gimmick an enhanced vision talent and superior fighting skills meant to mirror Matt Murdock’s blindness-compensating hypersenses and nigh-superhuman level of ninjitsu.

I think a lot of the concept’s draw has to do with the slow buildup t the reveal, one that Waid has spent several issues of escalation building towards. The Ikari reveal works because we’ve had two previous instances in the story of the mystery baddie or baddies creating blind hypersense folks using random kidnap victims and then dogs. When Ikari shows up, he seems like a natural third in the series: a skilled fighter, blinded and mutated like the last two issues’ less sapient or untrained experimental subjects. The reveal that he can see throws off the reader’s expectations entirely; it’s a masterful bit of misdirection by Waid.

Where we got Insomnia and Echo pretty much fully formed and spelled out, Ikari has benefitted from the structure of the plot of the whole arc. None of this is to say that Kesel and Mack’s work wasn’t good, especially since I really enjoyed both of their runs on Daredevil; it’s just to point out why this is blowing minds in a way that Insomnia didn’t and why it initially seems like a stronger and perhaps more sustainable direction for a new character than Echo ended up with. Granted that Ikari is so far an infinitely less complex character than Echo, but then, Bullseye isn’t terribly complex either and look how far that character went! A well-executed high concept will almost always outlast a well-executed personal statement in a multiple-creator shared universe.

Whoa! That sure came out of nowhere. Mark Waid never ceases to impress with his work.

2 years of constant A-grade comics. This run has been incredilble so far.

I think Waid’s DD lost a step in the midst of Martin and Rivera’s sudden loss, but once Samnee came on board monthly it’s been golden again. One of the best superhero books from either company right now, and great moments like this that showcase how talented and experienced Mark Waid is at superhero storytelling(and how great Samnee/Rodriguez make everything look. I also LOOOVE that reveal of the heads in the closet back in the Coyote arc, another masterful execution of subverting reader expectations.

This Mark Waid is like a different person than the one whose comics I’ve read for years. Absolutely amazing stuff, firing on all cylinders. This is a new golden age of DD as far as I’m concerned.

That is a 2-syllable DAYAMN! moment if I I ever saw one.

This is such an amazing issue, a standout in a series that is pretty great even at its worst. Such a chill-inducing moment!

I was mildly spoiled on the content of this comic before I read it, basically I was aware that there was an amazing twist that was, in retrospect, foreseeable. Nevertheless, after a half dozen pages of this outstanding comic, I forgot all the knowledge I’d brought into the reading process, and was left staggered by this reveal, Sincerely, it was like a literary gut-punch, I felt a range of emotions (panic, fear, excitement, etc) which grasped me as suddenly as they would have grasped Murdock (in the story).
Truly excellent work by Waid & Samnee, I can’t rave about it enough.

Travis Pelkie

May 14, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Although I didn’t have prior knowledge, I did think upon reading this “well, why did Matt assume he was blind?”, but as our pal Omar pointed out, we’d gotten 2 other instances of blind enhanced enemies, so now I see. (ha. ha.)

And Matt’s got other things on his mind, too….

But I kept hearing good things about DD, and I had a batch of issues from this run I hadn’t read (but kept buying, why? why? damn my addiction!). Then I read them and realized it lived up to the hype and started getting DD with the Spidey issues (damn my addiction to the hype machine!), and then now I’ve just been picking it up. I should add it to my pull list. Is 26 the only 3.99 issue, or is the title switching to that price? It’s one of a few that’s worth that, but dang, I’d prefer it at 2.99.

And Waid is doing good stuff with Indestructible Hulk, too (with Walt Simonson on the art for 6-8!!!!), so anyone digging DD should pick up Hulk, especially since…well, c’mon, Waid’s writing 2 Marvel ongoings, it’s pretty much a given they’ll cross over!

@Travis: With Daredevil #26, you get a double-sized issue fo $3.99, it is not the new price point. The issues following #26 are back at $2.99. Great, huh? ;)

Travis Pelkie

May 15, 2013 at 12:36 am

Cool, I thought that was the case, but I wasn’t 100% sure. YAY! That’s a price increase I can get behind: temporary!

Thanks for the info!

And a Klaus Janson easter egg to boot.

This is great comic storytelling. The writing and art perfectly in unison. Beautiful.

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