Daredevil #100


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Daredevil #100


  • Words: Ed Brubaker
  • Art: Michael Lark, John Romita Sr., Gene Colan, et al
  • Inks: Stefano Gaudiano & Al Milgrom
  • Colors: Matt Hollingswoth
  • Story Title: Without Fear: Part 1
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Sep 12, 2007

Daredevil reaches the celebratory 100th issue, but like always he finds himself in the midst of another titanic struggle with a villain bent on bringing him down to his knees.

I can’t believe this series is finally hitting the 100th issue since restarting from scratch more than 8 years ago. Matt has certainly been through the ringer several times over in that time, but he’s always managed to find his way back from Hell. Just what is the secret behind his continual salvation is anyone’s guess, but this time will he be able to keep all his mental faculties intact after a tussle with Mr. Fear?

So far, he’s been shown a rather rude inauguration by way of Mr. Fear’s new and improved fear gas. As if that’s not worse enough, he’s then forced out into the streets while hallucinating a series of painful memories from his past, allowing the Man Without Fear to appear like a man on the edge of insanity. His bout of madness takes him into confrontations with the police, a group of thugs and an innocent bystander until he is able to fight off the effects of the gas. To top things off though, Matt manages to get back home to find Mila knee deep in a terrible mess that he may not be able to help her out of.

Now this may be a perplexing situation for Matt and co., but writer Ed Brubaker has been slowly twisting the knife into Daredevil’s back now for months on end. His plots appear to be ironclad, and in this case the issue served to revisit past moments in which DD’s greatest fear is losing the ones he loves the most. Perhaps this is a bit redundant at times, but it proves that DD’s time as a hero is not a joyous affair as one might expect. But still, the issue does prove that Matt’s inner demons and personal conflicts can be overcome, despite facing off against a boring foe like Mr. Fear. For my money’s worth though, I found this opening arc somewhat of a retread and it reeked of a feeling that we’ve been down this road before in my opinion. I have nothing against Ed’s prolific style of writing, but you would think that as 100th issues goes there would be a little more bang for your buck.

Of course though, since this is a celebratory 100th issue, the fine folks at Marvel decided to secure the talents of several big names to each illustrate sections of the story. Artists like John Romita, Sr. and Al Milgrom were brought back for the glory days when Karen Page was a part of Matt’s life. Bill Sienkiewicz was brought in to relive his illustrious stint on the book when Elektra thrived in these pages and legendary Gene Colan was allowed to contribute a scene detailing DD’s time with the Black Widow as a partner. We also had contemporaries like Alex Maleev, Marco Djurdjevic and Lee Bermejo displaying their artistic chops as well to round out the cast of guests contributing to this issue.

Ultimately, this is a bit of a dud as far as 100th issues go. I know the issue was jam packed with reprints of classic tales of DD battling Mr. Fear and pages spotlighting pencils and inks to round out the double size anniversary issue, but the main story was a bit of a drag. It just seems that since Ed Brubaker’s powerful first arc (the prison story) reached a crescendo so quickly, the proceeding stories to follow haven’t been able to match that same level of intensity and intrigue. Maybe this arc will turn out to be a fun ride in the end, but in the meantime I think you may expect to yawn more than a few times when you read this issue.

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