Writer: Charles Soule / Artist: Ron Garney / Marvel Comics
Comics have been coming out for a while now. I consider myself pretty adept, after 12 years of training in the art of the Wednesday Comic Book Day. Every few years books have milestones that companies will without a doubt use to try to sell more. Spider-Man #150, Superman #200, etc. After a few of these you learn to read them with a healthy, Grade-A dose of skepticism. Sometimes you learn to ignore them all together. Daredevil #600 by Charles Soule and Ron Garney is not one of those books. I didn’t realize that this week was the “600” mark until I bought my copy and noticed how goddamn thick it was and the two extra dollars I had to pay. My first thought was, “Same creative team? Yes? OK…” Charles Soule and Ron Garney have been killing this “Mayor Fisk” storyline so I was obviously relieved to see they got number 600.
This comic Does Not disappoint. Matt Murdock a.k.a Daredevil reveals his master plan to get rid of the mayor, Wilson Fisk a.k.a The Kingpin. I know you’re burning to know whether the plan goes off perfectly with no unexpected turns but in good conscious I can’t tell you. I can tell you that in a book starring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, Charles Soule shows a stunning capacity for their voices.
With the impending loss of the indomitable Brian Michael Bendis it is easy to think, “Who could possibly capture the voice of the characters he has made shine for over a decade?” Well, I’ll tell you. Charles “Goddamn” Soule. (That’s his new name). The beginning of this book starts with a conversation between 8 New York heroes, at least half of which are Bendis regulars. Soule perfectly delivers some amazing dialogue. Intense, smart, funny; Soule has this cast down. The rest of the comic (and it’s a long one) flows beautifully with arcs concerning Blindspot and Muse, Daredevil and Kingpin. The entire book is just beautiful and compelling.
That brings me to Ron Garney’s art. This beautiful man has an artistic style that has and continues to impress me reading this Daredevil run. Between his purposefully scratchy, outlines and well placed shadowing, Garney’s work is a pleasure to look at. There is a special feeling when a book’s writing and drawing are both on point and create a masterpiece worthy of a number like 600. This creative team is golden.