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Daredevil #22 (Vol. 3)
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October 14th, 2013 by Rusty

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Daredevil #22 cover

Daredevil #22 (Vol. 3)

Date: March 2013
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Stats: 21 color pages plus lots of house ads
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez, Joe Caramagna, Paolo Rivera
Notable Notes: Daredevil and Spider-Ock battle Stilt-man!

The Return of an Old, Old Enemy!

Ah Stilt-man, what a bizarre enemy for Daredevil to have! I mean, a man who has telescoping legs – really? Anyway, as I was reading this issue I realized that I have the actual issue in which Mr. Long-legs makes his first appearance! Maybe I’ll have to dig out my copy of Daredevil #8 and give it a read now that this crazy villain has made somewhat of a modern come-back!

Synopsis:

When Daredevil #21 came to a close, our horned friend was being stalked by a slightly off Spider-man. This issue has more of the same, but begins with Matt Murdock explaining how being blind makes it very difficult to deal with money – a fact that isn’t helped by Matt’s lack of funds. Luckily his ill-kept secret identity entitles him to a few perks around town – that is until Spider-man calls him out… in public no less! Sheesh, Spidey, way to keep Matt’s secret – you big jerk! But, as Daredevil soon learns, there is something strange about Spider-man these days… almost like somebody else is controlling his brain! As the 2 friends are about to duke it out, who should enter the neighborhood causing trouble? DD’s old nemesis: Stilt-man! It seems that mister-telescoping-legs has had a few upgrades, and his poor attitude provides the perfect diversion for Spidey and Daredevil. They combine their skills to bring the villain down and save the day. And as an added bonus they are able to work out their differences. This inspires Matt to work out his problems with another of his friends, Foggy, who drops an emotional bomb on Matt with his announcement that he may have cancer!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars – A cool story, but it relied too much on old tropes, namely Spider-man going blindly after Daredevil, and the appearance of a common enemy to help solve personal problems.
  • Art: 5 stars – I’m beginning to be a big fan of Samnee’s minimalist and cartoony art – very cool indeed!
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – I can’t help it – I’m always a sucker for issues that team-up 2 of my favorite Marvel heroes! It is just a blast seeing the interaction between them, and how they combine their efforts to make life a little bit nicer for the good citizens of Manhattan.

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