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With this arc, Alex Maleev was temporarily replaced by artists Manuel Gutierrez (for the first two parts) and Terry Dodson (for the finale). While Gutierrez is more 'clean' than Maleev, I thought he was a suitable replacement. Dodson, on the other hand, wasn't right for this at all.

The first issue, #38, opens with a robbery gone wrong as a policeman is murdered.



One of the robbers manages to throw the TV at the masked vigilante and flee, and when the police arrive...



Luke Cage and Danny Rand ask Daredevil to help support Hector Ayala, AKA the White Tiger in court.



Matt decides to visit Hector in prison, knowing that he could never let an innocent man rot in prison.



Iron Fist and Luke Cage later hussle some goons to find out what happened and find out the people who committed the robbery have fled to Chicago. Matt later visits Hector Ayala's wife, who tells him that she's planning on filing for divorce as her husband promised her that he had left his secret identity behind. Matt tells her she has to support her husband in this or else he has no chance.





#39...










For the most part, the trial starts to work in Murdock's favor. There's no proof that Ayala fired the gun and the forensics are sloppy. Other superheroes are called in for character witnesses. The prosecutor asks Matt if Daredevil will appear.

Hector Ayala is later called in to testify.










#40...





Outside on the roof with Foggy, Matt is listening to the jury and realizes that they want to string Hector up. Outside, the media is already planning on Ayala losing. Matt blames himself,  saying that his presence tainted the public opinion.

Back in the courtroom, Matt tells Hector Ayala to keep calm no matter what happens. The judge asks the jury if they have reached their verdict. 







Hector loses it and throws the cops off him. As he flees, one of the cops drops his gun.




As Hector flees, Matt's senses kick in and he notices a hooded youth sitting on the bench.








Daredevil stands in through the window. The kid says that he never did anything, it was his friend who shot the cop who later ODed. 





In the final page, the youth goes inside the police station and says that he wants to confess a crime.
 

Date: 2011-07-23 06:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hivemindcomics
As before:

Just a fantastic series. Would love to see Bendis do more stuff on this scale again.

Date: 2011-07-24 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
From what I'm hearing, his current series on Moon Knight is in a similar way.

Date: 2011-07-23 08:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Looks beautiful, and is very well written, but dear lord it's BLEAK.

I think this is the sort of reason I've never quite got into Daredevil the way I thought I might.

Date: 2011-07-23 09:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
Good stuff.

Jarring art change though.

Date: 2011-07-23 11:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] citygod
Isn't it interesting that, even with the change of artist, they use the same layouts for Murdoch's speech to the jury? I have to assume that layout came from Bendis - I've read he likes to provides layouts to the artists and I can believe it. "His" layouts are usually easy to spot - they look like camera directions, as this does.
And yeah, the art change isn't great, but the Dodsons are just fantastic. Would love to see them having a real go at Daredevil.

Date: 2011-07-24 02:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
The layouts were good. Makes sense to keep using them.

And don't get me wrong, I love Dodson art but it's just so different from previous artist. It didn't really fit the tone of the story in my opinion.

Date: 2011-07-25 02:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filthysize
Oh, it's definitely Bendis' direction. If you ever compare those early issues of Alias and Powers, you'd see how both Gaydos and Oeming draw some of the exact same layouts. Usually similar to Bendis' own art in his early graphic novels.

Date: 2011-07-23 09:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hivemindcomics
That ending with the guy turning himself is really emotive. Theres traces of being weirdly proud of him for turning himself in, but also anger at the futile pointlessness of all that just came before. Really well done.
Have they done much with the FBI agent that took on the white tiger mantle?

Date: 2011-07-23 09:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hivemindcomics
Thats actually the main ability the white tiger amulet embues you with. Being quite hot. The ancient mystics that forged it were actually just massive pervs.

Date: 2011-07-23 11:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
Nonononononono
I didn't want to read this one again.

Amazing story, of course, but it's too painful to relive.

Date: 2011-07-24 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
What I find really interesting about it is this--Matt truly feels sorry for him, because he's been in the same situation.

Of course, Matt never had marital issues, but we've seen plenty of times in the past when Matt's life is going terribly wrong, he finds peace by going out as Daredevil--not even to just pound on some bad guys, but to just feel the thrill of hopping rooftops and experiencing the free fall just before he shoots a line to fly through the sky line. Hector probably wanted to do the same, and when he heard a shot fired, it was in his nature to investigate.

Matt takes the case not just because it could distract from his identity being outed, but because he knows that, if his luck went the wrong way, the same thing could have happened to Matt.

Date: 2011-07-24 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] puregibberish
Yeah. You know that thing where Mark Waid said he was tired of reading Daredevil and needing a stiff drink afterwards?

I empathise so very fucking much. I mean, it's good writing, it really is, but still. Drink. Now.

Date: 2011-07-24 09:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hivemindcomics
I think the problem that happened with Daredevil was that despite the Bendis run being a complete story in which shite things happened to him but it was engaging and interesting and concluded in a believable downer that (arguably) Matt deserved in some ways; but after that, in the Brubaker and Diggle runs (which, especially the former, were great) an arms race of how awful you could make Matt's life escalated.
What I think could have been more enjoyable maybe is the Brubaker run being more of a redemption rebuilding his life sort of story, instead of the continued adventures of Life Shitting on Matthew Murdoch.

Date: 2011-07-24 01:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tzipwich
This whole thing.

Date: 2011-07-24 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] paultmd
Well, Frank Miller kinda set that precedent quite a while ago. All the successful runs of Daredevil have been about how shitty his life is. Hell, even Kevin Smith's relaunch that gave him back his mother took away Karen Page.

But if you like a lighter Daredevil, Waid's new run started well this week. The main story was nice and fun and the backup was a little more somber and sedate, but still much lighter than what we've had in a while.

That said, Bendis just does such great character work. His dialogue, especially in the Avengers books, is a lot like Kevin Smith's, in that it feels real and natural while not being natural at all, which works as it helps to define these characters and their relationships so efficiently.

I need to go back and find these issues because I'm liking these Bendis Daredevil postings.

Date: 2011-07-24 10:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hivemindcomics
Yeah I've seen the previews of the Waid stuff and am gonna pick it up.

Yeah Matt's life has always been pretty awful, I just think that the Bendis stuff did it so well, and used it to say everything you ever really need to about Matt, and did it in such a complete way that the few since maybe seem a bit redundant. Not that its bad, but that they are kind of filler for what we really needed is this Waid run after Brubaker got him out of prison.

Imagine if they just went for it and did a truncated Bendis run as a Daredevil movie...

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