Completing the series between volumes of “Daredevil,” writer Mark Waid and artist Peter Krause close this chapter on Matt Murdock’s journey from New York to San Francisco in “Daredevil: Road Warrior” #4. While the adventure didn’t completely span the distance between points, it did provide readers with a chance to enjoy Daredevil in a format that plays to the nuances of the character. As they have done throughout this series, the creative and production team use the accommodating nature of Infinite Comics to propel the story beyond words and drawings. Lens focus, Daredevil’s radar sense and the Adaptoid shifting form all perform nicely through the events onscreen with just the swipe of a finger.
Waid writing Matt Murdock’s situation is as tight as ever with Daredevil providing narration throughout the story. Waid never fails to humanize Daredevil and in doing so, hooks the reader into the story. In this case, Daredevil’s cockiness has put him in a predicament where the Mad Thinker outsmarts him, which is surely the way no Marvel hero wants to go. Daredevil manages to figure a way out, but the process of that deliberation is where Waid excels so nicely at making Daredevil such an enjoyable character to read. Beyond the conflict in this installment, Waid carries Daredevil’s voice through to Matt Murdock, a feat not every writer can handle. Murdock doesn’t act as Daredevil in his civilian identity, but there is absolutely no mistaking that he has the exact same voice.
While his work is solid throughout the story, Krause’s choreography slides a little, never truly communicating the undoubtedly oppressive forces exhibited by the army Mad Thinker summons forth. Instead they seem to be just a shambling horde, slightly above electronic zombies, but not as unavoidable as Waid’s story makes them out to be. Beyond that, Krause adds in sharp detail to some of the panels that shift throughout the story, finding a comfortable level of storytelling to be exploited by the Infinite Comics format. John Kalisz’s coloring has moments of sheer brilliance, such as the radar sense emanating from Daredevil and the images it returns. I suspect this is somewhat elevated by the otherwise drab palette, despite the red of Daredevil’s costume. Overall, this is a nice looking comic story that has more positives than negatives.
Waid’s work with Daredevil has been so reliably enjoyable that many of the concerns readers could find in the stories are simply nits to be picked and quickly forgotten. “Daredevil: Road Warrior” #4 is a nice conclusion to an enjoyable tale, setting up a return to print for the Man Without Fear quite nicely.