The current series of “Daredevil” has stood out in no small part for effectively juggling a strong legal setting alongside the superhero world, a setup many past writers have struggled with. So, while “Daredevil” #4 is a fun and above average comic from Charles Soule, Ron Garney and Goran Sudzuka, the lack of that legal aspect makes this issue not quite as memorable as the three installments preceding it.
This issue focuses on the inner workings of Tenfingers’ cult; Tenfingers himself pitches it as a good thing to Matt Murdock as readers learn more about Blindspot’s connection to the group. While Tenfingers is still very much a villain, this is the first time you get even a small feeling that perhaps he’s not quite so bad, which does a good job of selling him as a cult leader. After all, in order to get people to follow you, some charisma or persuasiveness needs to be on hand. That’s exactly what oozes off the page here.
Otherwise, the story focuses on the superhero aspect of the book, setting up another confrontation between Tenfingers and his former masters of the Hand even as we learn a little bit more about Blindspot’s mother and her allegiance to Tenfingers. It’s a nice turning point for Blindspot even as it promises more conflict in the immediate future. There’s also a fun bit where Daredevil’s blindness comes to the foreground when it comes to defusing a bomb, keeping his radar sense from being ridiculously powered by pointing out the aspects that a lack of vision — even with Daredevil’s amazing abilities — would ultimately render impossible to solve on one’s own.
Garney and Sudzuka’s art is handsome as ever here, with rough-hewn edges and a keen understanding of when to provide beautiful backgrounds versus dropping them out in order to focus solely on the characters in the foreground. They’re aided well by Matt Milla, who has a strong grasp of how to use a limited color palette to accentuate the overall look and feel of the comic. Shifting a page to just reds and blacks is hardly a unique look for either “Daredevil” or comics in general, but Milla, Garney and Sudzuka make it stand out and feel fresh because of the strong mastery on display here. This is a great looking comic, and not quite like anything else on sale from Marvel right now.
“Daredevil” #4 is still an above average comic, but it’s not as great as the previous issues were. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Murdock’s work in the DA’s office, even as I’m eager to see the continued battle between Tenfingers and the Hand. It’s still a fun issue overall, but it’s definitely an installment that could have used that same legal boost from its earlier chapters.