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Daredevil #189

July 3, 2010

Frank Miller
*****
December 1982

Stupendous, albeit rushed art. The front half is FM’s best brawl yet, a silent duel btw. the evil ninjas & DD’s new allies. Plus, Eastern ideas (moving chi & such) adds a mystical cast to all the sacrifice & resurrection. Then, in a dramatic turn, Foggy & the Widow conspire to end Matt’s engagement!

last issue: Daredevil #188]
[next issue: Daredevil #190]

also indexed for Dec. ’82
The Fantastic Four #249

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Daredevil #188

July 2, 2010

Frank Miller
November 1982
****

A pedestrian ish (for Miller & co., at least): regular panels, not much plot movement. The Black Widow is disintegrating like an evil ninja, so she seeks Matt across his subplots. But he’s in isolation, training his hypersenses w/ his sensei, who leads a team of white ninjas against the red ones.

last issue: Daredevil #187
next issue: Daredevil #189

also indexed for Nov. ’82
The Fantastic Four #248

Daredevil #186

June 30, 2010

Frank Miller // Klaus Janson
September 1982
*****

Check out FM & KJ’s use of words as art elements! A fun A-plot has Turk (a regular goon) swipe Stilt Man’s armor. The longer arc has more substance, incl. an A+ bit of subtext: Matt’s built a case against a firm run by his innocent CEO g’friend—but is he wrecking her life just so she’ll marry him?

last issue: Daredevil #185
next issue: Daredevil #187

also indexed for Sept. ’82
The Fantastic Four #246

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 #184

June 28, 2010

Frank Miller with Klaus Janson
July 1982
****

The Punisher fades somewhat in issue #2 of this PCP plot. But Miller gracefully salvages the arc by adding tension, twists, & his (by-now expected) superb panel work & grungy NYC atmo. There’s a new plot simmering w/ Matt’s longtime squeeze, but admit it: the book’s lacked zip since Elektra died.

last issue: Daredevil #183
next issue: Daredevil #185

also indexed for Jul. ’82
The Fantastic Four #244

Daredevil #183

June 27, 2010

Frank Miller with Roger McKenzie & Klaus Janson
June 1982
***

Miller needs a break? I figure that’s why, after three A+ years on the title, he reteams w/ McKenzie to offer a wordy, conventional ish. The plot’s strictly afterschool special (a kid high on PCP falls out a window). DD races the Punisher to find the dealers—and the art’s an old-fashioned 3×3 grid!

last issue: Daredevil #182
next issue: Daredevil #184

also indexed for Jun. ’82
The Fantastic Four #243

Daredevil #182

June 26, 2010

Frank Miller with Klaus Janson
May 1982
****

When hard-boiled writers like Miller explore feelings, they get emo, lurid & a little embarrassing. In a coda to the Elektra Saga, Matt refuses to accept the ninja’s death, in denial (blind?) till he exhumes the corpse! A left-field subplot focuses on the rarely-espied Punisher & an LI drug deal.

last issue: Daredevil #181
next issue: Daredevil #183

also indexed for May ’82
The Fantastic Four #242

Daredevil #177

June 21, 2010

Frank Miller with Klaus Janson
December 1981
*****

Like a chessmaster, Miller moves every plot forward in this pleasurable ish, from Foggy reviving the firm to Kingpin buying a councilman. But at heart it’s a spiritual journey that doubles as an origin recap: a Zen hallucination that sees Murdock face his past & literally fight his demons.

last issue: Daredevil #176
next issue: Daredevil #178

also indexed for Dec. ’81
The Fantastic Four #237

Daredevil #176

June 19, 2010

Frank Miller
November 1981
*****

An elegantly structured five-party hunt for a blind pool hustler and DD’s onetime mentor. Plus round 2 of Elektra v. the immortal ninja. It’s easy to talk about what Miller does, but it’s also what he doesn’t do: no purple narrator of ’60s & ’70s heroics. His fights are silent, acrobatic, & deadly.

last issue: Daredevil #175
next issue: Daredevil #177

also indexed for Nov. ’81
The Fantastic Four #236

Daredevil #175

June 18, 2010

Frank Miller
October 1981
*****

DD once again plays a supporting role, protecting Foggy & providing back-up for Elektra as she storms the HQ of those gothic ninjas. In fact, it’s she who fights & kills their heavy, a near-immortal bruiser. And Foggy not only provides comic relief, he rescues the firm’s court case from collapse.

last issue: Daredevil #174
next issue: Daredevil #176

also indexed for Oct. ’81
The Fantastic Four #235

Daredevil #174

June 17, 2010

Frank Miller
September 1981
*****

The mag revs back up as Kingpin pits his rivals—a ninja assassin’s guild (!) who disintegrate at death (!!)—against DD. Also on the scene is Elektra, a former disciple of the ninja clan. Miller’s work is merely exceptional, not superlative; this ish is about moving the plot, not artistic innovation.

last issue: Daredevil #173
next issue: Daredevil #175

also indexed for Sept. ’81
The Fantastic Four #234

Daredevil #171

June 14, 2010

Frank Miller
June 1981
*****

His pacing’s vigorous & his plotting’s smart… in only 2 years, Miller’s turned DD into a monthly must-read. His Kingpin has the body of a Kirby brute but an altogether unique cunning. The Pin gets suckered into a gangland vendetta, loses his wife, & dumps the Devil in a deathtrap cliffhanger!

last issue: Daredevil #170
next issue: Daredevil #172

Daredevil #169

June 11, 2010

Frank Miller
March 1981
*****

Frank’s on fire! This tale starts out surreal, w/ escapee Bullseye murdering Times Square X-mas shoppers that (thanks to a tumor) he sees as DD. It’s topped by a hat-tip to Miller’s influences, w/ a 42nd St. kino playing The Maltese Falcon, DD’s hammy speech on the Law, & a teaser for more Elektra.

last issue: Daredevil #168
next issue: Daredevil #170

also indexed for Mar. ’81
Captain America #255

Daredevil #167

June 9, 2010

Frank Miller/David Michelinie
November 1980
A-story: **** // B-story: ****

A brisk, Eisner-like ditty from Miller & guest: DD gets btw. an obnoxious weapons contractor & his disgruntled ex-accountant (in stolen battle armor). The piece has a nice twist & poignant ending, acrobatic action & (un-DD-like) anti-govt. sentiment. Bonus: an overview for the mag’s new readers!

last issue: Daredevil #166
next issue: Daredevil #168

also indexed for Nov. ’80
Captain America #251

Daredevil #165

June 7, 2010

Frank Miller/Roger McKenzie
July 1980
****

A year on the bi-monthly title & Miller shares a plot credit. His fingers are all over this ish, starting w/ its dirty thugs & dirtier businessmen. At the corruption’s heart is Doc Ock, who’s stolen an adamantium shipment to forge new arms. Miller applies all his tricks to stage his best fight yet.

last issue: Daredevil #164
next issue: Daredevil #166

also indexed for Jul. ’80
Captain America #247

Daredevil #163

June 5, 2010

Roger McKenzie // Frank Miller
March 1980
****

In the Marvel tradition of hero face-offs, DD v. Hulk (guess who wins?). Miller’s good but the Green Goliath is too immobile to play to his athletic strengths. But his Murdock has some nice bits, like a ritzy 5th Ave political funder. Then the issue’s kicker: Ben Urich confirms DD’s secret ID!

last issue: Daredevil #162
next issue: Daredevil #164

Daredevil #160

June 3, 2010

September 1979
Roger McKenzie // Frank Miller
***

Much plot: Murdock gets dumped in another rainy cemetery; Bugle newsman Ben Urich suspects DD’s secret ID; psychokiller Bullseye roughs up & kidnaps Black Widow (a ho-hum girl-in-peril twist). Oh, & for more action, Daredevil tosses a dive bar. The artsy murk adds to the bone-jarring violence.

last issue: Daredevil #159
next issue: Daredevil #161

Daredevil #158

June 1, 2010

Roger McKenzie // Frank Miller
May 1979
***

The arc climaxes okay: DD duels that shadowy chrono-baddy w/ killer gloves in a graveyard. But the mag gets jazzed up w/ the debut of 22-year-old Frank Miller. Wow! The play of light, shadow & silhouette, the weight of bodies, the angles of panels, & the NY noir display an already mature talent!

last issue: Daredevil #157
next issue: Daredevil #159