Review of Daredevil #1.50

Hey all! Okay… Where to start? Hm, how about at the end? Karl Kesel’s look back at the Mike Murdock era, in a story called The Last Will And Testament of Mike Murdock, makes up the back end of this double-sized special anniversary issue. It is also, by far, my favorite among the three. (Spoilers warning for the other two stories discussed below.)

Karl Kesel (and his mysterious twin “Kurt”) are listed as both writer and penciller of this story – inked by Tom Palmer with colors by Grace Allison – which sees modern-day Matt finally have to deal with his fictional Silver Age twin. What this story does is what these kinds of specials seem perfectly made for: connecting loose ends and updating old stories to fit with modern sensibilities. Since I know that fans have been asking themselves for a long time what a modern-day extended conversation about Mike between Matt and Foggy would sound like, this story fills a gap, and does so perfectly.

Daredevil #1.50 story by Karl Kesel, with inks by Tom Palmer

The technique used to bring Mike into the modern day is through a video tape that Matt and Foggy watch together while Matt squirms. This technique allows “Mike” to narrate a story in a way that doesn’t seem forced (he’s recording it for posterity, after all), and any Daredevil fan will be reminded of the charm that has been so much a part of this character’s life, alongside the dark times and the heartache. It breathes optimism. The artwork complements the script perfectly and the “pop” of Kesel’s particular style is reigned in by Allison’s vivid but not-too-bright colors.

Finally, I’ll just end with a couple of quotes that made this story thoroughly enjoyable (the first by Matt, the second by “Mike”):

”It was a crazy time. I did crazy things. I tried to pass as Thor, for God’s sake…”

”If you can’t find a flagpole — don’t worry! The ground will catch you! Which is the sort of backup plan that keeps you alert and inventive!”

The middle story is a prose story by Brian Michael Bendis, illustrated with complementary background art by Alex Maleev, with colors by Matt Hollingsworth. In other words, the old gang is back together. The story is told from the perspective of Matt’s wife, a hitherto unknown woman by the name of Stana Morgan who tells the story of her meeting Matt, and their subsequent marriage, to their unborn child. Her story ends ominously with Maleev’s artwork showing us her coming face to face with Bullseye.

What I like about this story is how well it complements Kesel’s much brighter story, by showing us the grittier and darker side of the Daredevil “continuum.” Taken together, these two stories show the range of the Daredevil title. I also have to admit that I derived at least some satisfaction from the fact that it (somewhat) invalidates Daredevil: End of Days, a story which, aside from the artwork, had little redeeming value in my book.

On a more positive note, one thing I found interesting was how much this Stana Morgan’s first encounter with Daredevil mirrors that of Milla Donovan. As does the rest of the story. They were both rescued by Daredevil, who would later seek them out to check in (though in Milla’s case, she was the one to initiate the relationship), had a seemingly short engagement and were married in Matt’s office.

Daredevil #1.50 story by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev

This is one of the more interesting things I’ve seen from Bendis in a long time. The script is admirably to the point, and reveals the perspective of the “common woman” in the Marvel Universe – something Bendis tends to excel at. I really enjoyed his run on Daredevil, minor qualms aside, and I’ve also liked some of his other earlier work (though I really should read his creator-owned stoff at some point): Lately though, I’ve been unimpressed with his work on the Avengers books and thought End of Days was a complete dud. This story is much more reminiscent of the kind of thing he would write during his run on the main Daredevil title, and I can see quite a few fans enjoying this story, as I did.

While this is essentially a prose story, many of the more important points are brought home by the artwork by Alex Maleev, and Matt Hollingsworth, and the look they create is perfect nostalgia for the many, many fans who came onboard during this creative team’s run.

Okay, time to tackle the very first story of the book by the regular Daredevil creative team. Well, the art isn’t by Chris Samnee, but regular colorist Javier Rodríguez has stepped in enough times to shoulder the pencilling duties that it’s starting to feel pretty regular to me. I expected some great artwork, and we certainly got that in spades. Rodríguez is proving himself to be particularly adept at drawing children, and his take on Matt’s son(!) Jack is pitch perfect.

As for the story itself, I have to admit that it’s a little hard to believe that the man behind one of the best issues of Daredevil I’ve read in a long time – last month’s Daredevil #1 – and responsible for some of the best Daredevil stories ever written is the same man who wrote this story. It doesn’t quite feel like a Mark Waid Daredevil comic at all, with the exception of how well this team handled the relationship between Matt and his son, which I found genuinely touching.

Story from Daredevil #1.50 by Mark Waid and Javier Rodríguez

People who are fans of the TOMP Facebook page may already be aware of the major scare I had when the preview came online. What the *beep* was this deal with Matt’s radar sense “evolving” to detect colors? I was hoping that would be some kind of ruse. It wasn’t. While my initial reaction was one of despair, admittedly completely overblown (that’s a first world problem if there ever was one), it was nice to have a few days to digest it to the point where I realized this would be an incredibly silly reason to give up reading Daredevil. So, when I picked up today’s issue, I had already made my peace with it. It’s still something that may actually have to go in the Wacky powers section – and I would be pretty horrified to see this developed in the main series (not unthinkable considering the seeds sown during the Latveria arc) – but I was still going to enjoy this books on its other, undoubtable merits.

What I realized was that this wasn’t the only development that struck me as strange. It was a relief to see Foggy still alive, which I pretty much suspected, but odd to see him so completely transformed. The idea that Matt’s powers could be passed down to the next generation was another oddity, and the idea of a villain who blinds people felt remarkably… Silver Age? Although the modern twist on it was admittedly pretty interesting. The villain herself reminded me of some of the goofier ones to appear during the Kesel and Kelly runs of the 90s. And Matt becoming mayor just didn’t sit right with me.

What the story boiled down to were some really great moments starring father and son – and these were truly perfect – set against a backdrop that reminded me of the Bizarro Jerry episode of Seinfeld, where people none of the characters felt like their real selves. While the clues to what may be coming in the main title where easy to spot, the story as a whole felt more like a typical What If? story, in which some absurdity is part of the package.

Oh well, next week, it’s time for the next issue of Daredevil, long before any of this takes place. I will see you back then! Please comment, as I’m curious to see what all of you thought of these three very different stories!

Comments

  1. Ellen Fleischer (formerly 'E') says

    First, congrats on making the lettercol this issue! (We both did. Mine’s the one right before yours.)

    I’ll take Waid’s future-story over End of Days any day. Also, being in my early 40s, it’s nice to see artists who can draw 50-year-olds who don’t look over the hill! I loved the father-son bonding, but the end of the story just made me hurt in a good way. I didn’t really care much for the Bendis story, but that’s partly because for whatever reason, I generally don’t like long prose in my comic books. And it did have me thinking back a bit too much on Milla. And on how just about every woman Matt’s fallen for has been in Bullseye’s crosshairs.Kesel’s was fantabulous. Loved the art, loved the narrative voice. Even loved the contrast between “Mike’s” prediction about the future of Nelson and Murdock and the note on the door as they prepare for the move. 8.5/10 for me.

  2. says

    “Also, being in my early 40s, it’s nice to see artists who can draw 50-year-olds who don’t look over the hill!”

    This! I couldn’t agree more (I’m 36). People who take decent care of themselves should look great at 50 and beyond. I know of lots of men around that age that are in great shape. Brad Pitt is 50, to take one example.

  3. Tate says

    Honestly this whole thing sounds pretty terrible to me.

    I know its just one of the backup stories, but personally I think the Silver Age stuff should just be left in the Silver Age and forgotten that it ever occurred. Just a personal opinion, but Marvel comics in the 60s and early 70s sucked. They should be ignored whenever possible just like most writers tend to ignore most of the 90s. As a backup story in a “What If?” its harmless, but doesn’t really interest me at all.

    Wow. Even as a “What if?” Bullseye killing another one of Matt’s women is the most pathetically unimaginative thing someone could do in a comic book. Also at this point, Matt is as much to blame for his lovers being killed as Bullseye is.

    As far as the Waid portion goes, if you weren’t really impressed, that doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence as I am usually a harsher critic of his than you tend to be.

  4. Colin Allgood says

    I’ve got to admit that Bendis’ story in the middle of the book just killed me. Gut-shot right in the feelings. You made a great point, Christine – all three stories each reflect what makes Daredevil great – he can swashbuckle with the best, be gritty and dark as hell, and then be optimistic in the face of a life that would be easy to be pessimistic about.

    And admittedly, I’m so impressed by Javier Rodriguez I’m having a hard time deciding if I prefer his pencils or Samnee’s!

  5. says

    @Tate: Well, I suspect most people liked the main event more than I did this issue. Much more, probably. The kinds of things that make me go “Uh, what?!” may not have the same effect on someone else, just as there are issues that I absolutely love, that are not everybody else’s cup of tea. (For instance, it seems to me that a lot of people enjoyed Daredevil #36 more than the new Daredevil #1, whereas I felt the other way around).

    I’m well aware of the fact that the things I consider to be weird or unorthodox in the senses department will not bother the average reader, but take me completely out of the book. And I really can’t help it, since those things are really important to me as a Daredevil fan. It is literally a visceral reaction. (Fortunately, I very rarely react to something I read in Daredevil quite as much as did here.)

    When it comes to writing reviews like this, I always struggle with the decision of whether I should take a more professional stance, and just judge something on its technical merits, or whether I should get my own personal feelings in there even when I risk coming off as excessively anal. I’ve decided that, even at the risk of rubbing some people the wrong way, I need to be true to that very same passion that went into creating this site in the first place and let everything flow from there.

    I feel strongly about Daredevil, and I have strong feelings about certain key aspects of the character, and I find those hard to ignore. On the other hand, this is also how you know that when I do gush about something, as I often do, I really mean it. Since I’m not actually getting paid, raw and heartfelt honesty trumps the more distant professional stance I could have chosen when writing about an issue that didn’t work for me, even when I know my reasons will seem irrelevant to a large portion of the readership.

    I guess this was a needlessly complicated way of saying that you should take my opinions for what they are – just that – especially in cases like this one where I realize I’m being less objective than usual.

  6. says

    I was a little underwhelmed by the Mike Murdock story but quite enjoyed everything else. I made sure to read the letters page. I had a feeling I might see something from you in there. Way to go. My favorite piece of this issue, though? The cover! I’d seen the cover art a while ago when the issue was announced but I just couldn’t take my eyes off it when I had the issue in my hands today. I’m so glad I switched to a print sub for Daredevil for this new volume. I get both print and digital thanks to the code Marvel give out. I would love a poster sized print of this cover. It’s too damn awesome.

  7. Fletch says

    I agree with Matt – I loved the cover with it’s snapshot history of DD along with the accompanying graffiti name checking just about every important artist/writer/creative who has contributed to his history.

    ** SPOILERS **

    I thought the stories were kind of weird. So, in the first story, am I to take it that the chemical from the machine splashing in Matt’s eyes took away his powers? The story started out great, with a Day-Of-The-Triffids kind of vibe. As you say, having the Owl’s daughter turn off people’s cyber-enhanced vision felt a bit too gimmicky.

    I had no idea about the Mike Murdock thing (not having read those particular issues). The story didn’t do too much for me.

    I dunno. It felt like a 50th anniversary deserved more (like TV did with the awesome 50 year Dr Who special). I wasn’t that impressed with the issue. I wish they could have dug up Mazzuchelli from somewhere, or got Miller involved. At least Janson contributed to the End Of Days thing. I would have even liked to have seen some Quesada art.

    I assume you won’t be collecting all the covers?

  8. Tate says

    Having actually read the issue now, The story by Mark Waid was solid, but as other have said, very gimmicky and not really up to the standard in which Waid has set. It was carried entirely by the character interaction between Matt and Foggy and Matt’s son. I’m not really worried about any potential change to Matt’s powers that Waid may decide to introduce in the “present day” as the next writer will probably undo or ignore anyway. I remember when DD could read a computer screen with his fingertips. For a “future” Daredevil story it was still 1000x better than the putrid garbage Bendis and crew gave us with End of Days.

    And speaking of putrid garbage by Bendis. Hey Bullseye’s about to murder a pregnant woman! Yay! That’s why I read comics!

    Maleev’s art was beautiful as always and made me want to revisit their original run on DD.

  9. says

    @Tate: I’m glad you read it and liked it! Like I said, I don’t expect people to have that strong of a reaction to the things I react to.

    “I remember when DD could read a computer screen with his fingertips.”

    As do I (though I wasn’t a reader when it came out). And I don’t ever want to see that kind of thing again. Daredevil’s core design is perfect, in part because the concept as a whole just works. Why introduce a design flaw that makes the character less interesting and more flaky for no good reason?

  10. Rob says

    Good issue, interesting review too. It seems I am on the opposite side of the popular vote, enjoying the Bendis part the most and the Kesel story the least. I pine for the days of the Bendis/Maleev Daredevil. I know im in the huge minority, but I don’t want a happy swashbuckling DD, I like the Miller/Bendis/Brubaker brooding and dangerous Daredevil. Not to say Im not enjoying the new direction, it is good, but it just doesn’t feel like the DD I know and love. I started reading DD heavily at the beginning of the MK run, and enjoy those stories much more. Oh well, DD is my fave character so im not going anywhere, ill just have to sit back and see where this series goes. Thanks for doing these reviews, its a good website

  11. Patrick says

    I took a pass on this issue because of the $5 price tag. I just can’t bring myself to pay that much for a comic.

  12. says

    Great review as always, Christine!

    The 50th anniversary issue overall fell flat to me. Waid’s story started off strong – I liked the idea of an older Matt having to relate to his child, since Matt’s relationship with his father is the foundation of his character. I even liked the twist of future-tech causing the blindness, it was creative and a clever bit of social commentary. I loved how Foggy was portrayed in this story as well – it was nice to feel like he and Matt did not have the weight of the world on their shoulders for a change.

    I was not a fan of introducing a brand-new villain/love-interest for the purpose of the story (especially since it was the daughter of The Owl, one of Daredevil’s, well, “chump-iest” recurring foes). It felt like it regressed Daredevil’s character development to have something like that happen to him again, and maybe an existing character like Typhoid Mary would have given the story greater impact. Making Matt blind-er again also struck me as a silly/rushed way to get back to the status quo, which didn’t need to happen in a one-off, “what if?” type-story.

    The Kesel story was hard to follow. I loved the concept, and the artwork, but “Mike” was spouting motivational poster gibberish at a breakneck pace, which took me out of the story and had me skimming to the end.

    The Bendis story was disappointing. The prose itself was well-done, but the actual story was practically self-plagiarism (almost note-for-note the Milla story). Plus the ending didn’t completely make sense – Stanna is writing a note for her child to read after she dies, even though the art is implying Bullseye is coming to kill her while she’s pregnant? Another “Bullseye murders a Daredevil girlfriend” story is just trite at this point, too.

    Bendis is my favorite of the modern Daredevil writers (Waid a very close second, Kevin Smith in absolute dead last), but after reading this story, and the gruesome character assassination in End of Days that was basically a self-parody of his brilliant work in Vol. 2, I don’t want him near the character ever again.

  13. Matt says

    @Rob.I am with you buddy I miss my dark dangerous brooding Daredevil it’s only cause of my love for the character that I have put up this very overrated run in my opinion. Not trying to offend the lovers of this series but it’s just my opinion .I feel like you can just place Spider-Man in Daredevil’s place and you’d get the same story with this series. But I did like this issue and I would like to know who’s Jack’s mother is. Fingers crossed for Black Widow.

  14. Rob says

    @Matt. Im glad im not the only one who doesn’t care for the current direction of Daredevil. Like you said, we already have a happy go lucky super hero in a red costume – in the form of Spiderman! Daredevil was on the edge of being cancelled before Miller redefined him as a darker super hero, I feel like this is a step backwards for the character. I just look forward to DD returning to his darker past some time soon.
    QUESTION: Why the hate-on for daredevil end of days? It was seriously good, well received and featured awesome art! I don’t get why people here are hating on it! http://www.comicbookroundup.com/comic-books/reviews/marvel-comics/daredevil-end-of-days

  15. Matt says

    @Rob,Daredevil End of Days was awesome! The only thing I didn’t like was how Matt was killed,because I think he could put up a much better fight against Bullseye than he displayed.The other thing was the way he seemed to have a bunch of kids running around without being in their lives.I don’t mind him having multiple kids but I can’t see Matt not taking care of them,other than that it was awesome. I miss the dark and gritty realism in Daredevil comics , I can’t stand this happy go lucky joke making Daredevil.Leave that to Spidey Deadpool and Human Torch. I just hope that when Waid leaves the next writer doesn’t have to kill Foggy to bring back the dark and gritty that made him popular. Hopefully by the time the Netflix show comes around we’ll have our Daredevil back.

  16. Medda says

    My letter was in the back too, but they spelled my first name wrong, haha.

    I generally liked #1.50.

    I thought the timeline was a bit confusing. In Waid’s it seemed like Matt just stayed in San Francisco but in Bendis’ he was back in New York? Maybe I need to re-read it.

    The Bullseye killing Stana (?) bit was, yeah, old.

    As for who Jack’s mother is, I don’t think it was Natasha. Didn’t Matt say something about “her condition”?

  17. says

    “Daredevil was on the edge of being cancelled before Miller redefined him as a darker super hero.”

    While I fully respect readers who prefer a different tone that the dominant one right one, I personally feel this run is the most Miller-like since Miller, specifically because of the tone. If you read the first Miller run, it was far from doom and gloom. It had tons of humor in it (that issue where Foggy steams Ironfist and Luke Cage’s last slice of pizza anyone?).

    The way I see it, Born Again tends to skew the general impression of Miller’s Daredevil (along with issues like Roulette and the Death of Elektra arc). The entire Miller run was a mixed bag of dark and light, heavy and fluffy. Nocenti’s run was much “heavier” than Miller’s in my mind, and things got heavier still with Bendis, and Brubaker. Waid’s run feels more like a return to early Miller, in terms of tone, than to anything that came before that, but that’s just my two cents. :)

  18. Matt says

    Let me tell you that I have a lot of respect for you Christine but I disagree with the Miller and Waid comparisons a bit. I do agree that Miller’s earlier work on Daredevil wasn’t as dark at the beginning , but Miller’s Matt Murdock wasn’t as over the top as Waid’s Daredevil,Miller’s Daredevil didn’t tongue kiss Mob brides , Miller’s Daredevil wasn’t constantly making jokes , and the blind puns in the series wasn’t nowhere as used as much as it is in the current series.I feel like in every issue Matt’s blindness is brought up in the form of a joke.But I don’t wanna come here and sound like a whining fan so those are just some of my thoughts.To each his own.

  19. Tate says

    Yeah, Miller’s original run was full of campy silliness just like Waid’s. Now he had perhaps a better mix of lighthearted elements and more serious elements, but they were definitely there. I re-read his run last year for the first time in many many years and was surprised at how much it was similar to Waid’s.

    I love dark and gritty Daredevil as much as some of you guys, and hope that when Waid eventually leaves we do see a return of the more crime/noir stories. Its absolutely my preferred version, but its get old very easy when the stories are nothing but misery and depression. For all its flaws, Waid’s run is providing a nice counter-balance to the the previous decade+ that had reached an over saturation of misery. Dark and gritty and serious doesn’t have to mean depressing. It doesn’t have to mean a reactionary hero who is constantly losing.

    The hero has to win eventually, even if its only a small victory, otherwise why the hell are we reading this stuff? Miller (pre crazy) got that. If Bendis had written Born Again, instead of the last page being Matt and Karen together and happy, it would have ended with Karen raped and murdered and Matt howling for revenge against Kingpin.

    Thats why End Of Days sucked. It was just more horror and misery for the sake of horror and misery. That and horrendous artwork, nonsensical plot, characters written completely out of character for the sake of fitting into the absurd story. The amazing talent Bendis had for writing Daredevil 10 years ago is long since gone. This 1.50 story is proof. Bendis copied his own story for the sake of telling a short tale of a pregnant woman being murdered. I hope Marvel keeps him as far away from Matt Murdock as possible.

  20. Matt says

    @Tate I do disagree with a very small portion of your post but you hit the nail on the head when you say writers get dark and gritty mixed up with pain and misery and at some point the hero should win and I felt that was absent in Brubaker’s run, but I still enjoyed it. As much as I would like to disagree with you about Bendis I can’t, I felt his story in the recent issue was vastly unnecessary and didn’t make much sense.

  21. CBL says

    3/5

    This issue was a bit of a letdown for me. It wasn’t bad at all, but there is nothing here that makes me want to read it again anytime soon. I gave each story a 3/5 grade, but if I were to rank them I would say: 2,1,then 3. I wanted something a little more special.
    What I really need is for Paolo to come back and do a one-shot. Make it happen Marvel!
    The most positive thing I can say about this collection of stories is that Javier is becoming an artist to watch for. He really is turing into a “1b” to Samnee’s “1a.” Maybe it is in the way he is inked by Alvero Lopez or the fact that Javier can color his own work. It reminds me of another Javier. Javier Pulido (She-Hulk). There must be something in that Spanish food & wine they have (one of many reasons why I married my wife!) :D
    The one nitpick of mine concerns a panel in which Waid has Foggy talking to Matt while Jack sleeps. While being a correct use of the language, it came off sounding completely unnatural to me.
    “The city’s on lockdown, no one in or out. You want to try Jack’s mother again…?” Unless Foggy has no idea who the mother is (which is not implied in earlier pages), he would never address Matt in this manner. He would simply say her name to Matt. To me, this seemed too forced in hiding who this person actually is from the reader. Just a minor nitpick really.

    As for End of Days, I’m a fan. I love the art a lot. And the strange thing, the Punisher is written so well in this story that he really steals the show for me. I hope this universe is futher explored by this creative team.

    Happy 50th DD!!! & great fans here to take the time to post. You’re all cool in my books. ;)

    C.

  22. CBL says

    @Patrick

    I don’t know if you would be interested, but I have a Marvel digital code for this issue that I can gift to you. Would you be interested? I’ll wait a couple of days for a response.

    C.

  23. Medda says

    “ While I fully respect readers who prefer a different tone that the dominant one right one, I personally feel this run is the most Miller-like since Miller, specifically because of the tone. If you read the first Miller run, it was far from doom and gloom. It had tons of humor in it (that issue where Foggy steams Ironfist and Luke Cage’s last slice of pizza anyone?).”

    And “Guts” Nelson? And that issue with Turk and the Stilt-Man getup? Yeah…it certainly could get dark but it wasn’t relentlessly so.

  24. Robert says

    Had the Waid/Samnee run taken place first in 1979 instead of Miller’s, I think it would be viewed as “dark and gritty”. Miller was a novelty for the time.

  25. Thomas W says

    The Waid/Samnee run would have been highly celebrated in 1979, but it wouldn’t have been considered dark and gritty. In fact, the things that Miller did to separate Daredevil from the pack are exactly what Waid has been trying to avoid. Miller brought in the Kingpin (at that point, a former Spider-Man character who was definitely more super-villain than mob boss) and made him, rather than the villain, a deuteragonist, with motivations and points of view that demanded understanding rather than condemnation. Miller also removed most of Daredevil’s (rather forgettable, at the time) rogues gallery in favor of pitting Matt against real-world crime problems, such as muggers, mobsters, and hitmen (with the occasional ninja, because hey, this was still a comic book). Before Miller, the closest Matt had come to fighting organized crime was against Black Spectre back in the day, and even they are more HYDRA than Mafia.

    What Waid is doing, on the other hand, is moving Daredevil back the other way along the spectrum: returning him to fighting super-villains and other standard super-hero fare, moving away from the organized crime and seedy underbelly aspects of the title. It’s actually a brilliant move: Matt’s decision to face his problems with a smile makes perfect sense following the Bendis/Brubaker/Diggle period of the character’s life, and in trying to sell that change in perspective, Waid is using Matt’s brand of enemies to recall the last time he was actually perpetually upbeat.

    Waid’s Daredevil is groundbreaking, to be certain. Especially in 1979, the idea that a super-hero would reveal their identity, especially under oath, would have been huge. But the only moment in all of Waid’s run that I think might have been considered “edgy” or “gritty” is Matt’s failure (refusal?) to save Bullseye. And 1.) even that is wrapped in ambiguity (“…I did the right thing”), whereas Miller would have shown Matt make a conscious decision one way or the other (compare when Matt considered letting Bullseye die by train and when Matt did drop Bullseye off a building), and 2.) the entire scene pales in grittiness next to Miller’s equivalent shocker: the gruesome murder of Matt’s love interest at the hands of Bullseye for almost no other purpose than a sadistic desire to make Daredevil suffer (on the off chance that Daredevil might have actually been Matt Murdock, something that Bullseye wasn’t even sure of at the time). Remember, at the time, the love interest had never been murdered in any comic book before (Gwen Stacy’s death, for all that it was tragic, was as ambiguous as Bullseye’s blinding under Waid), and the only way that Miller could swing it at all was by having Elektra be portrayed as a largely villainous character to make her death seem acceptable. There were very few innocent victims in comics in those days.

  26. Stache says

    Great review Christine. I enjoyed this issue and agree with the majority’s assessment of the issue. The art throughout the book is excellent and serves each individual story well. DD’s history, tone and mood wise, is well represented by each story. DD has such a talented creative roster throughout the years a mini series could’ve been published for his fiftieth to get everyone a turn for the celebration.

    I’m not a big fan of Waid’s story jumping in the future. Although I enjoyed the story and the ever improving incredible pencils by Javier, I didn’t care for this version of DD’s future. I prefer DD stories told in the present with the occasional flashback and maybe some foreshadowing. Im curious to see how much, if any, of this future story ties in with the rest of Waid’s run. Maybe I expect a more dark and lonely future for DD. Not resulting in death unlike end of days.

    DD The End of Days started out well but fell flat for me. IMO.

    Daredevil has been a fantastic character and I’m glad Waid has stayed on for such a long run. Great time to be a DD fan! Great fan site too! Here’s to 50 more!!

  27. Bee Clayton says

    As always, a very thoughtful and fun review Christine.

    I liked Waid’s story. Full of ‘possible’ hints at future stories, the foundation of the story was the relationship between Matt and Jack, which I thought Waid handled very well. Having as the focus what kind of relationship Matt would have with any offspring and how that would compare/contrast with his own upbringing by his father was a great idea by Waid. Factoring that dilemma into the attack by the Owl’s daughter was an interesting twist as well.

    I found Bendis’ story alright. Bendis has never been one of my favorite writers but this prose story had some nice touches to it. The main problem I had was the idea that Matt fell in love with a woman ‘chemically’. ‘Tis a strange idea (although if that’s how he ended up dating Milla, I’m unaware since I’ve never read any of Bendis’ DD run).

    The Mike Murdock story was fun and a nice wink to the past. My favorite line was Mike’s advice that “if you think your life is bad, remember, Spider-Man’s life is ALWAYS worse”.

    It’s a shame that they couldn’t get some input from the likes of Miller, Mazz, Nocenti etc. But overall, I would give the issue a 4 out of 5.

  28. Keith says

    After reading some previous comments, it is good to hear there are others who do not care for Waid’s current run. It’s not bad but it’s nowhere near as good of a comic book as the critics are making it out to be. I will always love the darker take on this character. But, I’m still going to follow Waid’s run because DD is favorite, and quite honestly, the only superhero character I care to read about.

  29. Castlebanner says

    I think with Waid and this lighter take on Daredevil that a Daredevil max series by Bendis with the darker tone would be a great idea. Bendis could take the max version of Daredevil to some very dark places. It could be a older or even younger version of the 616 version. Character’s like Daredevil and Punisher were born for this max line of books.

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