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.

Scene of Matt and Elektra, from Marvel Ai, #5 in the I (heart) Marvels series

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.

Detail of tiny little Matt Murdock from Marvel Ai

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!

Elektra and Natasha have their revenge on Matt and Karen, from Marvel Ai

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!

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. Adorable

  2. I have never seen this. Love it, however, what is up with Elektra’s butt in that siluet?

  3. Wow thats awesome.
    What is up with Elektra’s butt? The artist must be a big fan of Sir Mix a Lot, or thinks Matt is.

  4. This is adorable, and it even includes the love triangle. The ending is a bit diabolical and quite a twist for the cute art, though. LOL

    Now, I must find out if there’s an Emma/Scott/Jean one, and…after a quick Google search, no. 🙁

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