Authors: Mark Waid & Greg Rucka
Artists: Marco Checchetto, Chris Samnee, Khoi Pham
Publisher: Marvel Comics
First Publication: April, 2013
Collects Daredevil #s 11-15, Avenging Spider-Man #6, Punisher #10
Graphic Novel Challenge Book #10
This review will be a trip down memory lane. Most of this collection revolves around the Omega Drive. It is a disk that contains detailed information about the top five crime organizations in the Marvel Universe. The disk was made out of a scrap from one of the Fantastic Four’s uniforms. Their uniforms are made of unstable molecules so the disk will self-repair the firewall that keeps the information encoded. Daredevil has the disk and sets up a meeting with all of the groups. As his back ups he recruits Spider-Man, the Punisher, and a woman who seems to be a female version of the Punisher. The first three chapters are all out action as the heroes try to keep the disk from the villains. This reminded me of one of my favorite Spider-Man stories near the end of Stan Lee’s time on the title. In Stan’s story, stone tablets were found that contain the formula for the Fountain of Youth. The crime boss Silvermane tries to get it so he can restore his youth. Kingpin is trying to get it for future use. And Spidey was caught in the middle. It also featured the debut of the hitman called Man Mountain Marko. Stan had to like giving characters names that had the same initials (Peter Parker, Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Matt Murdock, J. Jonah Jameson, etc.). Waid and Rucka capture the excitement of that classic tale. And it does not hurt that the art of Marco Checchetto is very good.
Waid follows this up with a few issues showing the repercussions of the first story. The final chapters deal with Daredevil captured and experimented on in a foreign country. He is trying to escape as his powers are fading rapidly. Waid channels another favorite from my youth in this story. In an old “Worlds Finest” two part story, Clark Kent goes to another country to do an expose on the dictator in charge. The plan falls apart and he changes into Superman to escape. Suddenly he loses his powers, is captured, and thrown in a concentration camp. Batman goes to rescue him. Although Waid’s story is original, it captures the feel of that classic story. And that is part of the appeal of Waid’s “Daredevil” run. He is giving the reader the fun and excitement of the classic comics. I will definitely be on board for more of this.