Look, so, the only Daredevil I've ever known is written by one man -- now don't cringe! -- Brian Michael Bendis. I've been reading Bendis since he started putting words to black and white drawings.
That being said, and by virtue of his glorious run on Daredevil with artist Maleev, there was no doubt I was going to pick up the limited series, Daredevil: End of Days, issue 1 of 8.
Don't Die, Daredevil!
Bendis and co-writer David Mack write a story dripping with words you want to hear. In the story, Daredevil dies at the hands of Bullseye. But did Daredevil mean anything to anyone? Why do so few people care? At least two men do care, and you'll meet them in this story.
One of them is reporter Ben Urich. Ben comes to terms with his feelings about his friendship with the man who is Daredevil, Matt Murdoch. But all may not be as it seems, and who is the person behind the name spoken by Daredevil as he exhaled his last breath?
The art is gritty. Is it because Hell's Kitchen is a gritty city? Or are we seeing the city the way blind attorney Matt Murdoch's alter ego, Daredevil, sees the city? It's hard to say, but either way, it's equally as hard to miss the fact that Daredevil's heart is with the people of this city.
Interestingly, there's a scene toward the end of the story where Daredevil and a dead Kingpin are looking gritty in the foreground of the scene, and in the background is a fairly, cleanly drawn scene of the people of Hell's Kitchen. Then again one might point out an image of a cleanly drawn Kingpin, found earlier in the story, and wonder whether it contains some deeper meaning (or whether this writer is putting too much meaning into it!).
Kudos to the team of artists who worked on this issue: Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Matt Hollingsworth, and VCs Joe Caramagna.
By Staff Writer Ron of The Empire