Daredevil #85


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Daredevil #85


  • Words: Ed Brubaker
  • Art: Michael Lark & Stefano Gaudiano
  • Inks: Michael Lark & Stefano Gaudiano
  • Colors: Frank D?Armata
  • Story Title: The Devil Cell-Block D: Part 4
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: May 24, 2006

Matthew Murdock’s stint in prison is close to reaching the boiling point when he finally gets his chance to confront the Kingpin.

Well, I must say four issues into this potboiler has got me salivating at the mouth for more of writer Ed Brubaker’s brutal take on the man without fear. This issue featured the monumental moment everyone was waiting for; a face to face confrontation between two men who have crossed paths before. Of course I am talking about Matt Murdock and the Kingpin, and whenever these two combatants come to blows the very foundations shake all around them.

The issue opens with Matt learning that the inmate who shanked Foggy has committed suicide in his cell. Of course, no one is really buying that and the scuttlebutt around the prison claims Kingpin had a hand in it somehow. It doesn’t take long before every facet of the prison’s hierarchy begins to conspire towards orchestrating a showdown between the two in an effort to have both eliminated. Since Matt is so close to going over the edge it makes sense for him to be the one to do it, and surprisingly he gets his chance once the Kingpin requests a meeting with him. The crux of this issue is also the highlight of the story when face to face Matt learns something that might indeed stave off his clash with the Kingpin, and much to his chagrin the mystery behind his imprisonment becomes more intriguing.

Now it may seem like very little happened in this issue, but believe me when I say the plotting here continued to vehemently stir the pot, and in doing so next issue promises to boil over resulting in total chaos. That’s what I love about this story arc and much of that should be owed to Brubaker’s intricate plotting allowing all the characters a chance to tether on the brink of desperation. In my estimation it’s like watching a game of chess, as all the moves fall into place to topple the opponent’s chess pieces off the board. I can certainly see why Marvel decided to recruit Brubaker to follow up on Bendis’ long run on the book, and let’s hope he stays on the title for as long as possible.

I should also take a moment to mention how the gritty artwork of Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudiano has contributed to this excellent issue. The style here is harsh and coupling that with a bevy of tight panels just helps to heighten the suspense of the story overall. I do think that the dark palette of colorist Frank D’Armata adds to the drama and it’s given Daredevil the needed one-two punch you don’t often see in American comic books. I know it’s really early in the run still, but these guys should take a much deserved bow for a quality production beginning to end.

Now with that all being said, a standard has been set on this book thanks to Bendis and Maleev, and the great thing about Marvel is that they had the foresight to maintain the standard. I truly believe Brubaker and crew are in the midst of making some history here, and when this is all said and done this will be an important creator run for DD, so get in on the ground floor now.

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