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Daredevil #110

November 17, 2014

Daredevil 110Ed Brubaker & Greg Rucka // Michael Lark
October 2008
****

Murdock & his team keep an innocent man from frying, tho’ they also uncover an alliance btw organized crime & a Homeland Security taskforce. The writers artfully keep their hero & his small network above the moral compromise, & make a cynical observation about the post-9/11 security apparatus.

last issue: Daredevil #109
next issue: Daredevil #111

also indexed for Oct. ’08
Guardians of the Galaxy #4
Nova #16

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Daredevil #109

November 16, 2014

Daredevil 109Ed Brubaker & Greg Rucka // Michael Lark
September 2008
*****

A touch of the espionage that makes Brubaker’s Cap (& Rucka’s Queen & Co) so tight & fun. A death-row super-goon is taking a fall to cover up a conspiracy among eavesdropping spooks & dockland’s ‘legit businessmen’. All in Lark’s excellent linework—his faces have remarkable expressions!

last issue: Daredevil #108
next issue: Daredevil #110

also indexed for Sept. ’08
Guardians of the Galaxy #3
Nova #15

Daredevil #108

November 15, 2014

Daredevil 108Ed Brubaker & Greg Rucka // Michael Lark
August 2008
*****

W/ Rucka adding a fresh perspec, Brubaker finally adds to this mag (having rolled back Bendis’ innovations). Model-turned-PI Dakota North has a history w/ the Heroes for Hire, & steals the focus this arc from the title char. It’s a hard-boiled procedural edging toward a neo-noir conspiracy.

last issue: Daredevil #107
next issue: Daredevil #109

also indexed for Aug. ’08
Guardians of the Galaxy #2
The Immortal Iron Fist #16
Nova #14
Thunderbolts #121

Daredevil #185

June 29, 2010

Frank Miller // Klaus Janson
August 1982
*****

#185 finds the mag back in Eisner territory—check the intro, where Matt M. could be the Spirit’s blind brother! Miller gives Foggy the spotlight, w/ a tongue-in-cheek tone that sends up his usual noirish style. While “Guts” Nelson goes toe-to-toe w/ the Kingpin, DD foils a nuclear heist on the docks.

last issue: Daredevil #184
next issue: Daredevil #186

also indexed for Aug. ’82
The Fantastic Four #245

Daredevil #181

June 25, 2010

Frank Miller with Klaus Janson
April 1982
*****

A double-sized issue allows Miller the space to deliver a milestone climax. It’s rich, pulpy comic-book tragedy, peppered w/ thrilling sequences, starting w/ Bullseye’s prison breakout. He’s the ish’s POV, opening a dramatic irony: we know more than he does about DD/Murdock & Elektra—tho’ he almost cracks their secrets. And astonishingly, brutally, Bulls murders Elek, then loses to DD.

last issue: Daredevil #180
next issue: Daredevil #182

also indexed for Apr. ’82
The Fantastic Four #241

Daredevil #168

June 10, 2010

Frank Miller
January 1981
*****

Miller works solo on this dense one-shot that adds tremendously to the Daredevil mythos. A retcon flashes back to Matt’s pre-law days at Columbia, where an early masked caper ends in the accidental death of his g’friend’s daddy. It buttresses a strong intro for a new female lead: Elektra, Assassin!

last issue: Daredevil #167
next issue: Daredevil #169

also indexed for Jan. ’81
Captain America #253

Daredevil #161

June 4, 2010

Roger McKenzie // Frank Miller
November 1979
****

With this ish, McKenzie is just hired help; the book belongs to Miller. A breathtaking title bout in nighttime Coney Island—Daredevil v. Bullseye—w/ Astroland less a ring than a playground. Black Widow shows the boys how to slip out of a jam, but bluffed-out Bullseye’s breakdown is anticlimactic.

last issue: Daredevil #160
next issue: Daredevil #162

also indexed for Nov. ’79
The Defenders #77

Daredevil #159

June 2, 2010

Roger McKenzie // Frank Miller
July 1979
****

Miller may be a rookie but he’s the best artist this mag has had—better even than Colan! He gives Mac’s script the hard-boiled tone it needs (it’s pretty much one big fight w/ a crew of hit-men on a Hudson River pier). And the pay-off: studying our man’s moves is Bullseye, assassin extraordinaire.

last issue: Daredevil #158
next issue: Daredevil #160