I'm loving Garney's work on this series; his art feels very much like it lines up with Daredevil's storyline, a little dark, a little gritty, a little street. Daredevil always gets involved with street level justice: smaller crimes than the world being put in danger by magic, or aliens. (And yes, he's had storylines where he's been involved in such things, or similar things, but a staple of his character is that he looks over a certain part of a town, or a town, and he gets involved in the abuses of the characters of that town, or part of town. Physical abuse, drugs, assaults, robberies, and the list goes on.) Like Green Arrow, Luke Cage, and at some points Spider-Man, Daredevil is very much a street level hero, and Garney's artwork reflects this: the darkness that lurks in the streets, while the colorists tend to brighten things up for Daredevil's day life as Matt Murdock, prosecutor. (Since Daredevil is active a lot during the nights, this is a little easier to do.)
The Purple Man/Purple Children storyline comes to an end. I'm continually surprised by this: I expect certain things to happen, and other things do that make far more sense. I'm also liking that a nod is given to Daredevil's faith, and his Catholic guilt, which makes up so much of why he does this, and why he feels so responsible for the people around him. The moment at the end with him talking to the priest was touching and has stayed with me, more strongly than some of the big reveals. It was a small moment that was so, so big for me.
A really nice addition to this series.
Gerry Duggan is leaving this series, and Jim Zub is going to continue starting with issue 24. This is bittersweet for me: I loved Zub's Glitterbomb, but Duggan has been one of the consistent must read authors for me in the Marvel stable of writers. I fell in love with his Deadpool runs, and have suggested people start with them when reading Deadpool. (Despite his long history, I can't emphasize how much Duggan managed to balance the political satire, outright zaniness, with emotionally fueled storylines that made me care about the character and what was happening to him. Other writers tended to focus more on the first two, which was fun, but felt like it was treading water after a while; only Duggan made me want to stay on board with this character for the long haul because of his creating a family for Wade Wilson, and giving him a reason to really try to be better. It hurt more when he failed on occasion, but I felt more.)
So, I was going to talk about last issue, especially as this issue referenced a big smooch that I didn't remember. I'm not sure how - this never happens to me - but I managed to, um, not read last issue, which is why I didn't remember that. It's fairly big as it wasn't between two characters I expected, so I'm eager to figure out what happened. I'm also slightly embarrassed. I never do this, dammit, and I'm anal about reading in order. I must have put this in my 'read' comics pile and then forgot to double check. This is the first time this has happened in years, so I don't usually have to double check myself. On the other hand, this might be a good thing: I have another Uncanny Avengers that Duggan wrote, and hey, it's new to me! (Which makes my anger at myself over this mistake more forgivable. I'm actually stoked to read this and have been putting it off for a while, to be honest. Duggan, if you've forgotten, is the comic book author who was absolutely fucking fine with punching a nazi in the face. And my love for him, like, doubled when I saw these tweets. So, yes, a last Uncanny Avengers written by him is a Big Thing for me, and kept me on board with Deadpool AND got me to buy the first Guardians of the Galaxy when Secret Empire was giving me reasons to look over my Marvel list and what I might cut down on buying.)
Between Rogue and Deadpool and Beast figuring out why Wonder Man is back, and Synapse trying to help Cable, and figuring out who Stryfe is, there's enough here to overcome my initial hesitancy when I realized I'd messed up early on. I didn't really have the energy to search for issue #22, and plowed ahead. I felt like I'd missed a little, but overall, this story stood up on it's own: there's Rogue's continued ability to fly - and the implication that she's still as strong as Wonder Man - and Cable's story that I ended up getting very quickly engrossed in this issue and forgetting that I needed to go back eventually.
Lovely. Even thought I felt this wasn't quite as much as a goodbye as some final issues were, I'm kind of glad: it made me feel that things would continue on as normal next month. And hey, I have Duggan on Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy to look forward to in the future!
Along with the codes for the digital issues, we get one free comic a week. I suspect I'll have some, but not others. (I'm also hoping I might end up getting some of the codes that I didn't get earlier during the 'no codes' months now. Maybe in a while?)
That being said, this was fun. Laura might seem paranoid when she gets her trigger scent - which is explained in this comic - sent to her house, but for those aware of her history? She doesn't really seem that paranoid at all. Afraid, she piles her sister. their dog, and their statue of a pelican into the car. (Because Gabby won't leave without the statue, even if it's intimate. And I love that Laura understands Gabby enough to know she'll need this. and instead of putting up a fight, just gives in and agrees that no man, even an intimate pelican man, gets left behind.)
When the cabin in the woods - the start of a horror movie with a zombie apocalypse. Gabby points out - that Logan owned and has apparently left to Laura loses power, Laura goes into town to see if she can get candles if the power is out there. too. It is. Phones, even cell phones, aren't working either. What's a girl to do when the power is out and the pumps won't give you gas - and your trigger scent is rained down on you?
Guess she'll just have to have a blackout berserker rage that puts Logan's to shame after her physical and mental conditioning.
I'm not one hundred percent she did the things everyone thinks at the end of this, just because it seems obvious. and whoever's setting this up has power and money. And all the knowledge about her. I'm wondering if someone else will be found at fault. and I'm almost tempted to buy the next issue. I think I'll wait for a sale, though, since Marvel is still dicking me around.
Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil - or the Kingpin - comes to bear his power on Spider-Gwen. He has the followers, the money, and the training as a lawyer to outpower and outwit her at every turn. In addition, he has none of the moral compunctions that his counterpart we're all used to do does, although he has a charm that hides his snideness.
And he has knowledge - about Gwen's powers, and her family life - that allows him to buy her to some degree. If he can help her father, she can help him.
And when the Osborn's get involved, it turns out that the solution to Harry's problem might lead Murdock into pressuring Gwen to do something that promises Venom. Who? According to Murdock - and the doctor he's brought on board - Venom was created from deconstructing the work Cindy Moon did to create the spider that bit Gwen. That same work created the Lizard serum in the end, and that's what's wrong with Harry Osborne. Because of this connection, it shouldn't be Harry and while it seems to be Gwen, they all swear it'll be a symbiotic relationship and one that, presumably, she can control.
Not sure how this'll turn out... but I really, really want to see now!