Hi! First of all, just wanted to say I love this blog! Secondly, I was wondering what you guys thought of the Matt and Foggy reunion in the new Soule issue?
Thank you so much, and sorry it’s taken us a little while to answer this! (In fact– the next issue comes out tomorrow! We’re excited.) We’re a little bit torn about Matt and Foggy’s reunion, because while we are adoring Soule’s run at this point, Matt and Foggy’s friendship/lack thereof still seems off when compared to where they were at the end of Waid’s run. But on a purely emotional level, it’s a huge relief to see them together again.
Matt: “I’m sorry. For everything. For all of it.”
Foggy: “Took you long enough.”
Maybe this is just us being overly paranoid about any possible leakage from the Netflix show into the comics (which we’d rather avoid), but Foggy’s anger at Matt feels… MCU-ish? After all this time, watching Matt’s ups and downs as Daredevil, why is this the last straw? Foggy knows his friend. He know what happens when Matt becomes isolated. And if anything, Matt having a restored secret identity is an improvement. It avoids all of the problems that came up toward the end of Volume 4 and in the pre-Purple Children flashbacks in the current run. There’s also the fact that while Foggy’s cancer is in remission, he still has health concerns– which Matt was helping him through. The whole conceit would be stronger if we fully understood why Foggy isolated himself from Matt in the first place. He did the same thing in Waid’s run, and it was because he was stressed about his cancer diagnosis. What is his motivation here? Matt has done some extreme, heinous, mean, freaky stuff over the course of their friendship, and taking advantage of convenient outside intervention to restore his secret identity is pretty tame in comparison.
Foggy: “You started your life over when the Purple Children reset your identity. Well, Matt… so did I. No one’s tried to kill me in months, other than a few cab drivers. I have Alina. I like life without Daredevil. Maybe you would too, if you’d just try it.”
In Foggy’s defense, it may be a combination of factors. We know that he did not enjoy faking his death in Vol. 4 to avoid becoming a target for Matt’s enemies. We also know he’s angry at Matt for unceremoniously dumping Kirsten the way he did. He’s also never been the only person to know Matt’s secret identity before. That is some serious pressure, and he had no choice in taking on that responsibility. It makes sense for him to want a break. But this is all conjecture, and Foggy has been so absent from the run as a whole that we don’t get a sense of what’s actually going on with him. The reunion, as nice as it is, would have been more powerful if their break-up itself had been better developed.