If my last post focused on the ridiculously tragic, this one presents a very different take on the Man Without Fear. In February of 2006, Marvel released a series of five love-themed issues under the title “I (heart) Marvel”. One of those issues, Marvel Ai, was written by C.B. Cebulski and featured three different stories with a Japanese touch. Among them was the absolutely adorable Love is Blindness, with art by Toga, which sees Natasha and Elektra get into a full-blown cat fight over Daredevil who, in an unusual move, is depicted as quite promiscuous with his affections.
The story is told without proper captions in a style that reminds me of the even more adorable Owly comic. While being an essentially inconsequential quick read, this little tale is quite charming. Below is the first page which shows Daredevil and Elektra kissing high above the city. As Matt gets ready to leave, Natasha spots them.
Okay, I just have to stop right here and point out how cute this miniature Matt Murdock is. In fact, this single illustration within a balloon is all it takes for the whole story to be worthwhile. Marvel should start selling little stuffed Matt Murdock dolls that look just like that so I could by a hundred of them.
Anyway, For most of the rest of the issue, Elektra and Natasha fight over Matt until they manage to simultaneously knock each other out. When they come to, Elektra spots something that cause the two of them to bury the hatchet and join forces against Matt. The object of their desire is out taking a walk with Karen Page!
This story may be a little too much on the cute side, but I think that’s something we can handle to balance all the doom and gloom that usually fill the pages that make up Matt Murdock’s life. It definitely brought a smile to my face!