Matt Murdock’s Christmas party from hell

I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas have had a good couple of days with your loved ones. I’ve spent Christmas at my mother’s and ate more food than any sane person should. Oh well, it’s only once a year, right?

With the holiday season still not quite over, I thought I’d take the opportunity to look at how our favorite hero likes to spend his Christmas. Or not. As always seems to be the case with Matt Murdock, things don’t quite go as planned in this longer scene from Daredevil #206 (volume 1), by Denny O’Neil and David Mazzucchelli, where Matt and his house guest Glorianna decide to throw a Christmas party. Let’s see how they do! (Keep in mind that you can click each panel to make it zoom to full scale without having to leave the page.)

Matt prepares for his Christmas party, Daredevil #206 by Denny O'Neil and David Mazzucchelli
Matt prepares for his Christmas party, Daredevil #206 by Denny O'Neil and David Mazzucchelli

In this first panel, we see Matt and Glorianna prepare for their party. So far, so good and no sign of any major disaster looming.

Glorianna gives Matt his gift
Glorianna gives Matt his gift

Before the guests arrive, Glorianna takes a moment to give Matt his Christmas present, a replica of Rodin’s The Kiss. Matt seems to know his way around sculptures, and we even learn that he has his own sculpture room (though I think this may have been alluded to previously)!

The guests arrive
The guests arrive

Lo’ and behold, it’s Foggy Nelson, his awful wife Debbie and Becky Blake! Maybe Glori should put the camera down though, that’s not the way I’d like to enter a party.

Debbie Harris is being a bitch
Debbie Harris is being a bitch

Here, Debbie shows us her true colors by belittling her own niece. What a woman! Matt never warmed to Debbie, and it’s not hard to see why.

Foggy takes in the offerings, and Luke Cage calls to cancel
Foggy takes in the offerings, and Luke Cage calls to cancel

Okay, what’s this? Matt, are you serving your guests toast? No, putting them on a platter like that doesn’t help. We also see Matt show off another one of his wacky powers (one I haven’t actually covered yet), by knowing that the phone is about to ring before it actually does. Does he hear the electrons moving through the phone wire or something? Anyway, it turns out that the snow outside is bad enough to prevent even his superhero friends Luke and Danny from attending the party. Bummer. And as we’re about to find out, he could have used some backup.

Micah Synn crashes Matt's party
Micah Synn crashes Matt's party

Ah, it’s chief Micah Synn of the long lost Kingore tribe at the door and he and his gang seem to have left their manners at home. In the next few pages, they go on to completely crash Matt’s party, punching Foggy and belittling all three women in the process. They seem to take a particular liking to taunting Becky, and Matt is about to get the same treatment a little later on, though not before…

Matt takes one to the stomach and plans his counter-strike
Matt takes one to the stomach and plans his counter-strike

…taking a hit to the stomach. But he wouldn’t be a superhero if he couldn’t come up with a decent plan on the spot, would he?

Matt is being taunted by Synn's gang
Matt is being taunted by Synn's gang

While being mocked mercilessly by Micah and his gang, poor Matt can think of only one thing: killing the lights so he can change to Daredevil.

Matt crashes into a Christmas tree
Matt crashes into a Christmas tree

Apparently, every light in the room is somehow connected to the Christmas lights. Hmm. Oh well, probably not one of those plot points one should spend too much time trying to make sense of.

Matt switches to Daredevil and fights in the dark
Matt switches to Daredevil and fights in the dark

In the dark, Daredevil goes into action and gets his revenge. You get them, Matt! They ruined your Christmas party and harassed your guests. Mean bastards.

Daredevil and Micah Synn take it outside
Daredevil and Micah Synn take it outside

Like any decent bar brawl, this tussle ends up outside. I really love the art in this shot, and the nice details with people’s breaths becoming visible in the cold air. Another thought that comes to mind, however, is how much I appreciate the fact that Foggy now knows that Matt is Daredevil. These kinds of scenes are really a stretch of the imagination and Foggy comes across as something of an idiot. With Daredevil showing up at such short notice while Matt is presumably whisked away to safety, you’d have to be Lois Lane not to wonder what the heck is going on.

Daredevil #206 comes to and end, and it apparently stops snowing
Daredevil #206 comes to and end, and it apparently stops snowing

This is a funny final scene with Foggy beaten to a pulp while his wife is more concerned about the brute who punched him.

We never get to see how the Christmas party ends, but one can hope that there was at least some food left and maybe something a little stronger too. Either way, I hope that you guys fared better than Matt and his friends. 😉

Christine Hanefalk

Christine Hanefalk

Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Christine is a die-hard Daredevil fan who launched The Other Murdock Papers in 2007 to share her passion for Matt Murdock and his friends with other fans.

4 comments

  1. I faired a lot better than Matt on my Christmas, that’s for sure (hope you all did too). Anyway I don’t think that’s toast on the platter but rather the provolone cheese Foggy is talking about, only sliced. I could be wrong

    My favourite DD Christmas has to be the one from Daredevil #253, by Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr. DD teaches a young kid a lesson inspired by the “bread cast on the waters” parable. “If you spend your days giving to people whenever you can, some of that goodness may float back your way just when you need it most.” Nice touching story.

  2. Sorry, Glory — I’m going to have to go with Debbie on the dress.

    Merry X-Mas, Christine!

  3. A little bit of snow putting off Power Man and Iron Fist from coming to a party??? Hmmm. Who’d have thunk they’d have been so wussy? Perhaps the Heroes for Hire Christmas party got a little out of hand and they’re still recovering from hangovers?

  4. Hey everyone and thanks for commenting!

    @Andrew: I’m glad you had a good Christmas! You may be right about the “toast,” given that Provolone cheese comes in many shapes, but it is distinctly toast-shaped. 😉

    @G: True, Glorianna’s dress is not that great-looking, but I always learned that the worst violation of good etiquette is pointing out someone else’s shortcomings. So, Debbie is not quite as classy as she thinks she is. I’m sure glad Foggy divorced her.

    @Robert: I was thinking the same thing. Becky the paraplegic can make it to the party, but not Luke with the unbreakable skin? There was probably a better party going on at the Avengers mansion, and they didn’t want to hurt Matt’s feelings.

    Okay, thus begins the task of replying to two weeks worth of comments. One down, ten (or thereabouts) to go! 🙂

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