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'Hardcore' marks the conclusion to the first half of Bendis' run. Bendis took a brief break after this to let his friend David Mack do a guest arc and when he returned the series took a different approach.

#46 opens with Mary Walker starring in a soap opera. Under the pretense of being an interviewer from Soap Opera Digest, Wilson Fisk schedules an interview with her and asks if she knows about hypnosis.

Later Kingpin decides to pay a visit to his old consigliere (from 'Underboss').  Seems he's not happy about him letting Vanessa kill his son and dismantle his empire. 

Later, Milla pays a visit to Matt and the two walk outside, only to see...

#47 starts two days earlier. We see some of Kingpin's old men trying to get by, when a Yakuza named Sano and his men attempt to take over the area.

The next night, Kingpin is visited by FBI Special Agent Harold Driver. Fisk gives Driver a surveillance videotape of the Owl in meetings with known drug dealers.

That's Turk, who's going to make a name for himself to whack the Kingpin. He doesn't get very far and he's arrested.

#48 picks up from where #46 left off, with Matt being lit aflame by Mary.

Luke Cage, with the help of Jessica Jones, take down Mary.

While Matt is meditating to cope with the burns, Agent Driver pays him a visit to tell him about the Kingpin. Later on, Milla asks him about the many scars Matt has.

As you probably know, this was the look of Bullseye in the Daredevil movie. During this time Marvel had an annoying tendency to make characters look like their movie counterparts. Yeah, I guess the blue/white spandex isn't 'realistic' but it's an iconic look for the character. Thankfully Warren Ellis returned the classic costume in his Thunderbolts run.


Matt tells Milla he has to get the Kingpin. Typhoid Mary was a distraction to help get his house in order. Matt tells her that he would like to take her on a proper date once this is done with and goes to leave.

Matt tells Milla to call the police and tell them anything she wants.

So Daredevil and Bullseye have a bit of a fight. Daredevil tells Bullseye he knows everything about him.

Now remember when I mentioned in the Out post that Kevin Smith intervened with Bendis's story and prevented him from using Bullseye? And then he wrote one issue of a miniseries and never finished it? Well from what I've heard, when Bendis wanted to use Bullseye, he had to include this scene that referenced the events of Smith's miniseries so the two would align. Amusingly enough, there was later a Bullseye origin miniseries which gave him a completely different origin, one that had him living with his brother and abusive father. So I guess Bullseye is like the Joker from The Dark Knight with a different origin story every time he opens his mouth.

Daredevil gives Bullseye to the FBI agents and then goes back to Milla. She hugs him and tells him that he saved her, but Matt's eyes look grim.


So Kingpin is planning on retaking control of his territories, but his former men tell him that he had his chance and he blew it. He says that if Kingpin doesn't leave the country by the end of the week, someone's going to whack him. Then Daredevil arrives. 

Now one of the highlights of this issue was there was a special section of the issue where numerous guest artists from past Daredevil tenures came in and illustrated half a page of the battle. I decided to post the ones that had Gene Colan and John Romita Sr.

Bottom half is from Joe Quesada, by the way.

So the fight continues on but Daredevil wins.

Date: 2011-07-27 08:28 pm (UTC)
hivemindcomics: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hivemindcomics

The Matt-Luke-Jessica vs Mary fight is a favourite due to loving all those characters so much.

But then that Bullseye fight.


So very intense. You really get in Matts mind and feel his anger and distain for Bullseye. Such an immersive sequence.

AND THEN, taking down Kingpin. By far the best arc of his run.


Date: 2011-07-27 08:40 pm (UTC)
starwolf_oakley: (Default)
From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
The 1990s ELEKTRA series gave Bullseye an origin of how at ten-years-old, Bullseye killed his father and made it look like a suicide. It gives some credence to the "Joker idea" that Bullseye is SO crazy he doesn't even remember his own name or his origin.

Date: 2011-07-27 08:54 pm (UTC)
biod: Cute Galactus (Default)
From: [personal profile] biod
I must admit that I'm a little sad that you didn't post the page with Matt driving through the wall with Fisk strapped to the hood.
At least Bullseye now has a very concise ansewr when someone asks him how he got those scars. That part gave me chills.
Typhoid Mary is, if you'll excuse the expression, a blast whenever she's on the page. She gives a Joker-like joy to everything she's involved with. That sword trick? Awesome. Nice reference to For The Man Who Has Everything btw.

Date: 2011-07-27 09:04 pm (UTC)
biod: Cute Galactus (Default)
From: [personal profile] biod
New thought!: I love Luke's "Bitch, please" expression when he's fighting Mary.

Date: 2011-07-28 01:35 am (UTC)
starwolf_oakley: (Default)
From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
That sword trick? Awesome. Nice reference to For The Man Who Has Everything btw.

The Moore/Gibbons Superman story? Elaborate, please.

Date: 2011-07-28 08:23 am (UTC)
biod: Cute Galactus (Default)
From: [personal profile] biod
I know burning people is her thing, but the placement makes me think it was a shout-out.

Date: 2011-07-27 09:02 pm (UTC)
drmcninja: (Default)
From: [personal profile] drmcninja
People love to make fun of or insult Bendis nowadays because of his recent work has often been somewhat below par, but this right here, and this run, has cemented him as one of my favorites. As far as I'm concerned, his work on this title by itself eclipses all the damage he could ever do.

Much Love

Date: 2011-07-27 09:17 pm (UTC)
kenwyn89: Luke Skywalker (Default)
From: [personal profile] kenwyn89
I love this run and I love the art on the cover.

Date: 2011-07-27 09:19 pm (UTC)
freezer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] freezer
Someone REALLY should've shown this run to the team behind Dark Reign. Because their image of Bullseye as Bestest Assassin EVAR just doesn't jibe with... any of his appearances ever, ESPECIALLY this one.

Date: 2011-07-27 09:27 pm (UTC)
biod: Cute Galactus (Default)
From: [personal profile] biod
I thought he had great chemistry with Daken in Dark Avengers and really great chemistry with Deadpool in his book.
Come to think of it, he was portrayed rather goofily at those times. Huh.

Date: 2011-07-27 09:38 pm (UTC)
filthysize: (Default)
From: [personal profile] filthysize
I did cartwheels in my living room the first time I read this arc. HARDCORE is right.

That Bullseye fight is still, goddamn, one of the most intense things ever. The creepy set-up, the fight out the window into the streets, and then Matt's anger just exploding from years of hate. Brrrrrrr.

Date: 2011-07-27 09:41 pm (UTC)
filthysize: (Default)
From: [personal profile] filthysize
Also, thank you for including the scene between Fisk and Dini. That was a great "mob movie" moment. I love Dini's signoff not just because it's a badass line, but also because it describes perfectly what a monster Fisk is. So good.

Date: 2011-07-27 09:47 pm (UTC)
geoffsebesta: (Default)
From: [personal profile] geoffsebesta
This is my first time reading this since it was new. A lot has changed since then.

One thing is that, having adopted so many of Maleev's tricks for my own, I am a lot more conscious of the cartooning beneath it. This series is nowhere near as photo-based as I used to think it was. In fact, I am starting to suspect that it it at its heart a very traditional pen-and-ink layout that's been enhanced by some of the coolest, most subtle photoshop work ever. Especially the Kingpin -- pure quality cartooning. He's also really good at expressions of rage and high-quality ass-kicking.

I bet if we saw the original pages we'd find it was all there in the ink, and the rough textures added with photoshop just enhance it.

In view of Bendis's later career, the way that Mary is treated seems more troubling now. She's quite literally slapped around and is in the story mostly as a punching bag. I don't know what she's supposed to represent exactly but there's something about it that bothers me.

The scene where Daredevil carves up Bullseye's head is every bit as good as I remember it.

Date: 2011-07-28 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
"This series is nowhere near as photo-based as I used to think it was."

Yeah--as I understand it, he didn't get nearly as photo-based until he started to work on Spider-Woman.

Date: 2011-07-27 10:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk

Oddly enough, perhaps the moment that impresses me is the Consigliore, knowing he is going to die, calmly pointing out what a spectacularly dysfunctional life Fisk had constructed, and how he had sown the seeds of his own destruction.

Date: 2011-07-27 10:04 pm (UTC)
fifthie: tastes the best (Default)
From: [personal profile] fifthie
What goddammit where is the limo.

I was waiting for the limo!

Date: 2011-07-28 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
Wait, so how was Fisk able to see again?

Date: 2011-07-28 01:18 am (UTC)
blackruzsa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
Some kinda surgery only rich people in the Marvel universe can afford.

Date: 2011-07-28 01:22 am (UTC)
fifthie: tastes the best (Default)
From: [personal profile] fifthie
The same way he can walk around and breathe air after being stabbed multiple times all over his torso with long-bladed knives.

Date: 2011-07-28 02:20 am (UTC)
pyynk: (Joker)
From: [personal profile] pyynk
For years, I've heard people talk about how great this run was and how amazing Maleev was. Now I finally get it. Thanks.

Date: 2011-07-28 08:10 am (UTC)
kusonaga: (Jimmy McNulty)
From: [personal profile] kusonaga
This arc was the first Daredevil I read. I was hooked immediately.

Date: 2011-07-28 10:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
As much as I love Maleev's visual for Mary, Bendis doesn't get her character at all. If Nocenti were writing this, slapping Mary around wouldn't release Typhoid at all, it'd just end with Bloody stabbing Fisk repeatedly. I also dislike how easily she's dismissed, and the repeated 'aiiieee!' stuff is equally awful.

Being a huge fan of the Typhoid mini Marvel did years ago, she deserved so much better.

Date: 2011-07-28 01:21 pm (UTC)
blackruzsa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
This part scared me a little but damn, it was good.
Also, Bullseye=badass=this moment here.

Date: 2014-08-03 03:09 am (UTC)
lynx212: (Magik)
From: [personal profile] lynx212
Damn... DD is not fucking around anymore is he? NICE!


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