The latest issue of Daredevil brings Matt into contact with the Otto Octavius version of Spider-Man, and it makes for an awkward, but entertaining read.
The issue opens in the wake of Matt walking away from his law practice after a blowout between he and Foggy. Matt's realizing that he's pretty short on funds, and he has to leverage some of his Daredevil notoriety just to get a free meal. As he's wallowing in his current situation, Spider-man comes calling, and he's looking to take Daredevil in.
Those that haven't been reading the last few issues might be a bit confused, as there was a moment where Daredevil was thought to be a public menace, and that's the info Octo Spidey is operating with as he tries to take Daredevil in to the authorities. Lucky for the both of them, their battle of misunderstanding is interrupted by none other than Stilt-Man, giving them a common for to focus on.
This issues kind of sticks to the standard "two superheroes fight and then become pals" formula, but the added twist here is that we know about Octo Spidey, and Matt's extra senses keep telling him there is something off about this version of Peter Parker. You get the sense that if they spent a little more time together, Matt would figure things out before long. He has bigger things to focus on however, chief among them repairing his relationship with Foggy, which leads to a foreboding ending that promises to be a major storyline in the months to come.
As usual, Chris Samnee kills it on art, and continues to prove he is a great match for Waid's storytelling. Daredevil continues to be one of the most consistent books on the stands, and even a so-so issue of this book tends to be better than a lot of what's out there.
4 out of 5