As mentioned in my previous post on Karl Kesel, here is a look at some actual panels from his run (there will be more in a second post). This will be mostly show, with very little “tell,” and right now I’m pretty grateful to myself for changing the size of the post area to a size that allows people to actually read the panels.
First up, one of the most important things to happen in the Kesel era was Matt “coming out” to Foggy (though the truth was revealed a few issues before this one). It wasn’t a moment to soon and added a great deal to making theirs a more genuine and believable friendship. The first panel below from issues #353, is of Matt explaining his radar sense to Foggy and contains one of my favorite quotes as Matt responds to Foggy’s quite reasonable question of why he would want to put on a costume and fight supervillains.
Another important event in Kesel’s first issue was the introduction of Rosalind “Razor” Sharpe, who later turns out to be Foggy’s biological mother. Below is her first panel, and Matt making a rather witty joke: “No, thank you, Ms. Sharpe, I’m driving.” I told you the guy had a sense of humor…
The Kesel run also featured quite a few guest appearances. Here, from issue #354, is Daredevil and Ben Reilly as Spider-man (yes, the clone saga and all that). I kind of like how their exchange here actually pokes fun at the whole absurdity of it. There is also something inexplicably humorous about Spidey eating a chili dog upside down. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but I like it.
Below, from issue #354, is Karen’s and Rosalind’s first meeting. Rosalind really liked to play headgames with everyone. Here she’s bringing up Karen’s shady past, and she and Matt were constantly at each other’s throats in a passive-aggressive sort of way.
One thing I didn’t like during Kesel’s run was the incessant “jokes during fights” bit, which really isn’t DD’s style. He has a sense of humor, yes, but it’s usually restricted to more appropriate situations. However, the one below from issue #357 is actually at least a little funny. DD keeps his spirits high while being tortured by the Eel. Nice going, Matt!
Rosalind Sharpe is a terrible mother. Also from Daredevil #357, we see her taking candy from a child. Her own child…
The classic reveal of Foggy’s and Rosalind’s true relationship can be seen below, from issue #360. Poor Foggy just wants to hide. I also like the mother vs loving step-mother stand-off here. Get them some swimsuits and a mud bath and you’ve got yourself some entertainment!
We’ll be looking at more Kesel panels in a second post. Join me then!