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Daredevil #22: Thank God For Stilt-Man

DD's first encounter with Superior Spider-Man is derailed by his best villain – and ends with a shock.

Daredevil #22

As my erstwhile colleague Iann Robinson has tapped out from anything involving Superior Spider-Man, it falls to me to keep tabs on the goings on with Dr. Octopus-In-Spider-Man's-Body. Daredevil #22 is one of those things, as Supey Spidey (yes, that will stick!) has been charged by Matt Murdock's sort-of girlfriend A.D.A. Kristen McDuffie to bring in Daredevil as a potential public menace – thanks to Foggy Nelson's unfortunate ratting him out in a moment of weakness.

This leads to a throwdown where Daredevil is confused by Supey Sales picking a fight with him without respect to their secret ID agreement, and saying things like "The die is cast!" If not for the always-timely intervention of a Stilt-Man caper to foil, "Hornedhead" might've figured out what was up with the former Peter Parker.  However, the bigger twist in the Matt Murdock saga is when he tries to make amends with his ex-partner Nelson, the real truth behind how out-of-sorts Foggy has been acting comes to light, and it's a heavy one.

Mark Waid tells a really fun story, showing us some of the fun that can be had with a supervillain at the wheel of a superhero, as well as giving us very interesting smaller moments, like showing us how Matt deals with money as a blind man, and how he can score free meals from New Yorkers who appreciate his work as The Man Without Fear. Chris Samnee does his great, classically-styled and clean work as well, making this series a pleasure to read.

 

Here There Be Spoylers – you have been warned.

 

Daredevil #22 ends on a dark note, though, even after Matt comes to terms with an aspect of his personality that drives the people who care about him crazy. A new chapter in the Nelson/Murdock relationship is about to begin, when Foggy reveals his doctors are running tests for cancer. Given the amount of intricate detail Waid has put into focusing on Murdock's life as a blind man, one imagines he'll do the same for Nelson's travails with cancer treatments, and it could make for a powerful turn of events. And with chemotherapy and remission as possibilities, we may not necessarily be building to the loss of Foggy Nelson for quite some time, if at all.

Just like we can probably trust Dan Slott to find interesting things to do with Superior Spider-Man, we can trust Mark Waid to deal with The Big C with the appropriate grace and sensitivity to realism.

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