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    Reviews - Daredevil - #17

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Here comes... Stilt-Man? - colten97
Surprising no one, Mark Waid continues his hot streak on Daredevil. He delivers a story more heartfelt than the Eisner-winning issue #7, and that one had blind school children lost in a snowstorm. I don’t want to spoil what makes this so issue so moving, but suffice to say that it cuts to the core of the character and shows why Foggy Nelson truly owns the title of Matt Murdock’s best friend.

Surprising everyone, however, is how much of a badass Stilt-Man turns out to be. Daredevil even laments how the guy is a goofy C-lister, but the events shown here prove otherwise. Daredevil is put into such dire straits that it calls for Michael Allred to draw him gritting his teeth so hard that it’ll have you gnashing yours right along with him. While the battle with Stilt-Man looks great overall with Daredevil swinging from insane heights far out of his comfort zone, stopping to study the two “slow motion” panels shows a slight stiffness in their execution. It makes little difference given that the rest of the issue is full of the visuals that really matter, and those are drawn close to perfection.

Given Daredevil’s dark past, Foggy no doubt has had reason to doubt Daredevil’s positive new outlook on life, especially given what he found in Matt’s desk drawer. Waid does not say whether Foggy or Matt is right, and for the time being leaves it up to the reader to decide. But to prove that despite his harsh actions Foggy has Matt’s best interests at heart, Waid gives us a glimpse at what makes the duo one of the most endearing in comics.

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