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"Lowlife" is IMO when the meat of Bendis's run starts. He's set up the new status quo and now he gets to play around. The arc also introduces Milla Donovan, a major character in Bendis's run, a memorable new take on the Owl and includes what was (to me at least) a rather shocking plot twist.

#41 opens with a blind woman named Milla Donovan and her friend walking down the street and talking.

Just as the truck is about to hit her, Daredevil grabs her and crashes her into a nearby store window.

The next scene has Matt meeting Wilbur Day A.K.A. Stilt-Man in his office (who amusingly seems to have been modeled after Bendis here). He says he's done, he quit. Turns out Vanessa Fisk had attempted to split up her husband's territory and sell it under the promise that none of the buyers would interfere with each other. There's one person she had refused to sell it to: the Owl.  When she left, the Owl had muscled his way into it and took everything for himself.

So as Daredevil, he roughs up all the nearby goons in the city looking for the Owl.

...and he burned the money.

I really loved the Bendis/Maleev version of the Owl. Just look at that hair.


The issue opens with Milla talking to her friend. She felt something when Daredevil rescued her, and she wants to see him again.

Meanwhile, Owl is attempting to sell on the market 'mutant growth hormone' -- a street drug that gives the user peak genetic performance. A drug dealer is telling his customers that this MGH comes from Spider-Man when Daredevil intervenes and busts the operation.

We then meet up again with Mr. Rosenthal, owner of the Daily Globe (he appeared in 'Out') currently in a lawsuit with Matt Murdock over the Daredevil story. His lawyer informs him that the trial is starting next week, but things aren't looking good. They have no concrete sources on Matt being Daredevil, just innuendo. Worst-case scenario, Murdock could end up owning the paper.

Back at Nelson & Murdock, Milla decides to visit Matt and thank him for rescuing her earlier.

So we once go back to Mr. Rosenthal, now taking a swim in his pool.


Matt asks her what she does for a living, and she explains that she works at the Hell's Kitchen Housing Commission, helping poor people find a place to live. 

Matt tells her that even if he was Daredevil and had pushed her into the clothing store, admitting such would be dangerous for the both of them.

Foggy tells Matt that he's asking for trouble by pursuing a relationship with Milla at this point in his life. The conversation turns to the Owl and MGH--Matt wants to get it off the street now before it becomes a real problem with the criminals in New York, but Foggy says that doing such a thing would only bring more attention to him and jeopardize his identity. Foggy asks if Luke Cage could do it, but Luke hasn't been returning Matt's calls since the White Tiger trial.

Matt visits Luke Cage and asks if he's angry with him about what happened with the White Tiger. Luke Cage says it's not that, Matt did everything he could. Rather, he says he doesn't want anything to do with Matt's current behavior.

Later, Foggy gets a visit from the police. They want to ask Matthew some questions concerning the murder of Mr. Rosenthal.


Matt and Milla are coming home from their date, and the conversation turns to the history of Hell's Kitchen. She says how the gangs back then would mean something more than just getting high and getting some; they would protect their neighborhood.

Matt is questioned by the two detectives. They searched his house and found nothing...too much nothing, the kind of nothing that used to be something. Not even a personal computer. Matt tells them that he's blind, and that makes it hard to see the screen. Matt asks one of the detectives to sit back, and he's asked if he's nervous.

Outside, after getting away from the media, Foggy asks when Matt cleaned house, and Matt responds that he did it the day the tabloids hit.

Back with the Owl, his lawyer asks him if he had anything to do with the Rosenthal murder. Owl says "Maybe". He says Murdock's out of their hair now, and they did what the Kingpin could never do. Now they're officially open for business.


We open up with Sammy Silke (remember him?) at prison playing cards. He's bemoaning his current situation, saying that he got nothing while Kingpin's territory is wide open.

In retrospect it's obvious now (given that you can tell it's a bald man outside of Rosenthal's pool if you look at it) but when I first saw this I went "Holy shit!" Bendis had given the impression that the Kingpin was down for the count for the duration of his run and not once even implied that Fisk would be returning. Plus, I just loved seeing Kingpin giving Silke his just desserts.

Anyways, Matt is laying low with Foggy. He leaves a message on Milla's answering machine apologizing for what happened. Foggy tells Matt he was wrong when he told Matt to give up on being Daredevil, he was scared out of his mind. Foggy says there's no right answer in Daredevil's situation: "Do what you gotta do. Be who you gotta be."

Meanwhile, the Owl's place is raided by the FBI.  Turns out he's under suspicion of murdering the drug dealer from the first issue; he came in but he never came out. Owl had just assumed that the FBI wouldn't bother them because Wilson Fisk wasn't caught, but as the FBI agent points out, the Owl is not as nearly as smart as Fisk was. As an aside, Silke is brought up; he was found in prison with his head crushed..."like a melon."

Owl attempts to escape but he's stopped by none other than Daredevil.

Date: 2011-07-25 08:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hivemindcomics
I am literally sitting 1 metre from the entirity of the Bendis run, but I still squeal when I see one of these posts. Loving it.

Date: 2011-07-26 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] the_eleven

Date: 2011-07-25 08:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shanejayell
Not bad. Very Bendisy.

Date: 2011-07-25 10:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
I posted some of those pages with Luke Cage a while ago, and I'm STILL not sure what Luke's point was. Should Matt have just shrugged his shoulders and said "You got me. I'm Daredevil."?

I'm not *that* familiar with Luke Cage's background, but didn't he spend quite a while pretending NOT to be Carl Lucas: Escaped Convict?

Date: 2011-07-26 02:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filthysize
I think he was more talking about the fact that, at the point of the conversation, Matt was sort of laying low from the DD thing because he had to be careful of paparazzi, and Luke wasn't happy with not only him denying being Daredevil, but also Matt doing "shyster shit" and suing everyone who's calling him Daredevil, even though it's true.

If Matt just ignored the press or lie about it or brush off comments about him being Daredevil, well, then every superhero has done it at some point. The difference here is that he's suing the hell out of newspapers for reporting the truth, and you've got to admit that, as much as we understand why he has to do it, it is shady behavior.

Date: 2011-07-26 08:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
All right, that makes sense. And Matt didn't like his own "shady behavior" either, even though he had no intention of keeping the lawsuit money.

Regarding how Bendis writes Luke Cage, Luke is so self-righteous it's hard to tell what he is saying sometimes. At least when Bendis writers other self-righteous characters, I get what that self-righteous character is saying.

Date: 2011-07-25 10:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] xammax
Lukes logic leaves us lamentally lacking.

Spider-Man should seriously subject sweethearts to sticky situations?

Date: 2011-07-25 10:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] citygod
Great to see this stuff again. I love the scene between Matt and Foggy after Milla visit's the office - Foggy's line about "All his girlfriends look like European supermodels and he says "She smells good".
And MGH is an excellent idea - makes sense, in a world of superheroes. Bendis did something like this in Powers, too, I think.

Date: 2011-07-26 02:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] proteus_lives

Story and art are golden.

Bendis was on his A-game with DD.

Date: 2011-07-26 02:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
That page with Kingpin and Silke is one of the best 'oh shit' pages I've ever seen. You really get the feeling Silke's up to his waist in shit, and I love the sheer sense of scale Maleev gives Fisk. It's a world away from how small he seemed during that first story.

Date: 2011-07-26 03:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
Motto :D I was scrolling down fast because I already read all of this in one of those heavy, hard back TPBs (reason I started loving DD all the more) but I stopped at two things: 1)Milla, because she's adorable and 2) Silke's "oh shit" face. So ominous.

Date: 2011-07-26 03:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
I have only read bits and pieces of Bendis' run, but that stuff with Milla was adorable, definitely. A sign of how good Bendis can be when he's firing on all cylinders. Normally, I'd equate him with Johns, but Johns never wrote anything so sweet about a man's first proper meeting with a woman.

Date: 2011-07-26 07:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
I would usually be skeptic about a girl who helps makes houses for homeless people, it sounds very.... well, Mary Sue, when done wrong...
but it was done right here, IDK.

Date: 2011-07-26 03:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
I think Silke was crying because he actually expected it to be his father?

And I think it was Bendis and Maleev's intention that Kingpin look weak and flabby in that first story. It does, after all, follow on from Fisk being shot and blinded by Echo, and he's small and undermined by his men. Here, he's renewed, a force to be reckoned with.

Date: 2011-07-26 03:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
.... Milla ):
Any space for her in the new and improved happy Matt equation?

Date: 2011-07-26 04:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] apintrix
What a great run this was! This was coming out when I was getting into comics for the first time, and it was one of the first mainstream books I subscribed to. I'm thrilled to see it get posted here, it's a blast from my fan past! (Also quite pleased to see that it holds up so well. It's rare that that happens with media, in my experience.)

Date: 2011-07-26 09:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] biod
"Next Issue: HARDCORE"
Yesyesyesyesyes! I eagerly await your next post.

Date: 2011-07-26 05:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hivemindcomics

Date: 2011-07-26 12:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
Okay, I have to admit, this is really good. This is a testament to what a good run looks like when you allow the same artist and writer to collaborate over a longer period of time. These days, that seems to be out of fashion at the big two....but there was a time when this was more of the standard and it really pays off, here.

Bendis works much better with a low-powered character like Daredevil, fighting crime at the street level with normal criminals (or close to normal, in any case). I HATED Maleev's artwork when I saw it in other places, but it seems perfect, here.

Date: 2011-07-26 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Okay, this is the first time I've ever seen any of this and I have to say I'm loving it. The art, the beats of the story, the way it pauses to reflect...I'm enjoying these posts. Might have to pick up the trade for this...

Date: 2011-07-26 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] the_eleven
Too bad there was not space for the pages in #45 where the FBI raids the Owl, the dialogue is soooo much wittier than the pages of Owl-fight, as awesome as they are.


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