Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Chris Samnee
Colors by: Javier Rodriguez
Published by: Marvel Comics
Introducing The Silver Surfer and a Persuasion Alien in to the street-level world of the current run of Daredevil might seem at first like a strange decision or possibly even a bad decision. But it’s a decision that pays off quite well, mainly due to the fact that the action is kept confined to the same street-level world that the series has occupied so far and the comparisons between how Daredevil and The Silver Surfer see the world around them.
After the mystery shadow person from the previous issue is revealed to be Kirsten McDuffie, Matt Murdock’s Ex Lady Friend, Matt gets a new client in the form of an alien who apparently heard a speech Matt gave along time ago and now seeks Matt’s help in reaching The Avengers. The reason that this alien is looking for The Avengers is because The Silver Surfer is chasing him.
After the obligatory misunderstanding and fight, it turns out that the alien being chased by The Silver Surfer is a member of a race that are essentially Sentient Lies that have no souls which is why Surfer is having such a hard time tracking the alien. His vision, we’re told, works something similar to Daredevil’s but is based on seeing a being’s soul.
There are a lot of wonderful, very subtle touches to this book that deserve to be read in context to be fully appreciated. But the real joy of the issue is in seeing Daredevil pilot The Silver Surfer’s board. Matt Murdock doesn’t get a whole lot of wins, in or out of the costume, so it’s a real treat to see him have a bit of unbridled fun.
The heroes of course defeat the villain and all is seemingly right with the world. But Matt can’t help but wonder if one of the things said to him by the Sentient Lie might have actually been the truth. That doubt will stick with Matt through future issues.
Issue 30 is another Foggy-free issue, though he is mentioned. I can’t help but feel that something big is in the works for Foggy and having him “off camera” for a while is just part of that plan.
The art for the book is once again a delight and the rotating art team continues to make each other look good. This time it’s Chris Samnee’s turn at bat, probably made slightly harder by the inclusion of The Silver Surfer. But Samnee delivers brilliantly, making the book his own but not keeping a consistency with all of the previous issues.
4 out of 5 nerds