By Drew Baumgartner
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
There’s something fun about watching a team put itself together. It lends urgency to everyone’s presence, making their utility to the team explicit in a way that isn’t inherently true of pre-existing teams. That is, while Iceman is coming on this X-Men mission whether or not anything needs to be iced, Danny Ocean is only adding someone to the team if their skills are essential to the plan. With so many pre-existing teams in comics, we don’t always get to see purpose-built teams with quite so narrow a focus as the one in Charles Soule and Matteo Buffagni’s Hunt for Wolverine: Weapon Lost, which is exactly what makes its first issue so fun.
Daredevil has been asked to join the Hunt for Wolverine, which he does by putting together an investigative team. Between Daredevil, Frank McGee, and the tie-in to Hunt for Wolverine, it’s easy to think of this as Soule using his favorite toys to tell this corner of his story, but what might feel perfunctory in those early pages is quickly complicated by the addition of a few more team members. The first sequence to really take me aback was Frank’s partially unheard conversation with Misty Knight — the two are both former NYPD cops, and that seems to give them an immediate connection that allows Misty to open up.
But as I said, the conversation is partially unheard. It’s a choice that ties us to Daredevil’s perspective, but it also keeps Misty’s emotional stakes a bit mysterious. I’m sure this will come up again, but I’m impressed at how coy the creative team manages to be here — Buffagni obscures the characters’ faces at that point, keeping any hint of what they might be saying a mystery. It quickly gets me as invested in this take on Misty as I am in Soule’s continued work with Daredevil and Frank.
Another unexpected moment comes as Misty recruits a fourth member to the team: Cypher. Only, Cypher is now mainlining the internet, so seems to share the addiction of our time. It makes him a crack digital sleuth, but it might also be loosening his grip on reality. As with Misty’s temporarily (?) postponed retirement, I’m sure Cypher’s internet addiction will play out in future issues, but for now, I’m intrigued enough at the commentary Soule and Buffagni are aiming for to stick around to see what their conclusions might be.
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