Friday, October 3, 2014

Daredevil #8

The latest issue of Mark Waid's Daredevil returns an old enemy of Daredevil's in the Purple Man known as much for his colorful complexion as his ability to bend people to his will. After setting the stage for his current plans years ago, the Purple Man surfaces to begin abducting children all over the city. Revealing himself to be their father, the Purple Man awakes each child's similar gifts, although he's not prepared for the welcome deadbeat father receives from his progeny.

With the villain himself taken out by the children he created solely to love him the story takes a dark turn as the kids, now with powers they are only beginning to learn to control and no adult supervision, are left to their own devices. The twist now becomes in how Daredevil will fight the new threat without harming the children.

Daredevil #8 also includes Matt Murdock meeting Kristen McDuffie's parents (and offered a book deal for his autobiography). McDuffie's a great character, but Waid's decision to tell fans she isn't the woman for Daredevil takes some of the fun out of these kinds of stories. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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