Dr. Armstrong Smith
Torpedo II is dead...but Daredevil doesn't know that, and in the world's strangest case of mistaken identity, he's blaming Torpedo III for the murder! Despite being framed for a crime he didn't commit seconds after donning the Torpedo costume, Torpedo III is determined to grant Torpedo II's dying wish and thereby fulfill his legacy. But can he complete his mission before the savage battle between him and Daredevil results in the death of an innocent? The surprise ending will shock you! Plus: More of fruity Heather!
Review: Another classic Marv Wolfman tale, though the battle between Daredevil and Torpedo III is one of the weakest in comic history. The whole fight is a monotonous trading of punches, and despite the fact that Torpedo III is an ex-quarterback, it's a little hard to believe when he doesn't even seem fazed after being hit about half a dozen times. Nonetheless, the art is good as ever, and we see an unexpected turning point in Daredevil's happy-go-lucky character. The plot and dialogue well-handled, and Torpedo II's origin is interesting reading. Also, the scene with Heather is quite humorous.
However, the ending is the centerpiece; I won't elaborate, but
it's safe to say that I've never seen one like it in all my years of
reading comic books. Though this book is recommended under any
circumstances, it is best appreciated if you've read #126 first.
Plot/Underlying Themes: 3+
Portrayal and development of Daredevil as a character: 4
My rating system:
1 = Poor. Plot is hackneyed, simplistic, nonsensical, or some combination of the three. Underlying themes, if they exist, are completely sick and twisted. Daredevil is mis-portrayed, and the issue either shows no development of his character or develops him in a way that makes little sense. Art is terrible, actually afflicting the comic. Should be avoided, unless it serves as a link between plotlines.
2 = Weak. Plot is hackneyed, simplistic, or nonsensical. Underlying themes are absent. Daredevil is not portrayed as a unique or striking character, and the issue shows no development of his character. Art is undistinguished, adding nothing to the comic. A generally bad comic, but with a few redeeming qualities.
3 = Satisfying. The plot may or may not be simplistic, but it works. Underlying themes are either mild or absent entirely. Daredevil is portrayed convincingly, and strongly enough that you care about what happens to him. His character is not developed, but you find out something about him that you may not have known before. Art is roughly average, with little or no weak points and a few strong panels. Worth buying, but not worth seeking out.
3+ = Excellent. Similar to 3, but better.
4 = Classic. The plot is original and multi-layered, but it is the strong underlying themes that make it a great story. Daredevil is portrayed intriguingly, and his character is either fleshed-out strongly or develops in a way that adds to the story rather than to the shock value. Art is strong and unique, with the characters portrayed passionately. A highly recommended comic.
5 = Essential. The plot is original, multi-layered, and engaging. The underlying themes are shocking and unusual, seeming to blind you with truth. Daredevil is portrayed as a complex, multi-faceted character; the comic is worth buying solely for a chance to truly see Daredevil. His personality is fleshed out and develops in a way that adds to the story rather than to the shock value. Art is powerful without being glossy, leaning towards the realistic touch that is the mark of a good DD comic. If you are a true DD fan, the only excuse for not buying this comic is not being able to find it.
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