Jean, 39, lover of sci-fi, horror and fantasy, reader of comic books, conqueror of genre fiction.
I struggled with the rating for this one for quite a bit. On the one hand, I really enjoyed it; it kept me reading, an eager page-turner. On the other hand, when you delve into the actual content, it's just a repeat of the Bendis run, but not as well, in my opinion. Matt loses one of his oldest and best friends (in this case, Foggy, and, hey! But, unlike Karen, he can't stay fridged forever--'cause, ya know, he's not female. It's revealed by the end of the volume that he's alive and in protective custody.) The loss drives Matt over the edge, as before, though this time, instead of driving Matt to seek more control, which was a really interesting character choice, they go for the more typical 'he just wants to fight everyone.' Will he kill the people responsible? He better not, because that'd pretty much assassinate his character.
And instead of the the interesting idea of Matt suffering an actual breakdown after Karen's death, his personality shifting, and not being able to see it happening, this comic is littered with people, mostly Ben, telling Matt, SO THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN SOMEONE LIKE YOU GOES INSANE!
So, it's not in any way a bad comic, but it brings nothing new to the table, and the things it repeats, I feel it doesn't do as well as it did the first time around. Also? Can we talk about the fact that the writers of this comic never seem to understand that civil rights exists? And that's a problem that runs through all eras. And I'm aware that this comes from me being the sister of a deaf disabilities activist, but I notice it and it bothers me. Do you know how many blind protesters there would be outside of that courtroom? Especially since his wife is blind also and most likely has friends in the blind community.
And 'legally blind' is a thing. Someone please give the writers of the comics as well as the excellent Netflix show this memo. Because it's getting on my nerves.