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When we last left off, Daredevil had found out that the foe responsible for Melvin Potter's descent into madness was none other than Larry Cranston, also known as Mr. Fear. Little does Matt know, Mr. Fear has also infected his wife Milla...

#100 was the anniversary issue of the title. As such, the story takes a backseat as various guest artists draw different aspects of Matt's life. Don't get me wrong, there's some beautiful art, but I've grown tired of anniversary issues that serve as retrospectives as opposed to actual milestones.

Also, 13 pages as it's double-sized.



Mr. Fear refuses to answer him, but instead sprays Daredevil with a special gas and has Ox throw him out the window. He tells Ox to inform the others that it's open season on Daredevil

So at this point Matt is hallucinating and is under attack from various thugs, all the while reflecting on his past.





















Daredevil manages to finally overcome the gas and come to his senses. Matt heads to where Cranston lives, only to find out there's another man bound and gagged. The apartment explodes.

Matt heads to Foggy, who has bad news about Milla.


#101...











Matt later finds out that the man who was blown up in Cranston's apartment was named Dante Govitch, and was a scientist who had been working with Cranston in the past.







Daredevil continues his rampage to find out the whereabouts of Mr. Fear, having deduced that Dante was killed because he had the antidote to cure Milla.

Also Parker Robbins AKA the Hood is watching from afar, and is waiting to make a move on the situation with Daredevil.

#102...










There's a subplot with the Hood's thugs having a bit of a gang war with Mr. Fear's thugs but it's pretty pointless if you ask me. I'm all for having a "shared universe" but Daredevil has IMO always worked better self-contained. So Daredevil deals with some of Hood's men, who are a bunch of c-list supervillains.







#103...












Daredevil tracks down more of Mr. Fear's thugs to find Cranston.


Daredevil manages to kidnap Ox and prepares to interrogate him.



#104...

The issue opens with Lily running out of the home of Matt and Milla, dropping the flowers. She takes a cab and starts crying, saying that she's sorry.
We flash back to five days ago in which Mr. Fear pays a visit to her.





Back with Daredevil and Ox, Matt proceeds to, via touching specific nerve points, make Ox think that he's being burned without actually burning him. He proceeds to use Ox as a punching bag until he gives in.

Matt breaks into Cranston's penthouse apartment only to find a letter saying that he's too late, and that he will always be too late.

Realizing that Milla may be in danger, Matt heads home, only to discover Milla's nurse beaten badly.





After Milla is taken away, Matt realizes that Lily was in his house again.







#105...

Mr. Fear and the Hood come to an agreement, as Mr. Fear is just interested in ruining Murdock's life. The Hood can have Hell's Kitchen.

Daredevil finally tracks down Mr. Fear (or rather, Mr. Fear lets himself be found). Daredevil is able to defeat him in battle, but in the end, Mr. Fear has won...














#106...

Ben Urich is working at the Front Line, and he's losing his patience with those trying to pick into Matt's life.



Urich is hearing stories of Daredevil being savagely violent to minor thugs, and he's worried about Matt's well-being. Foggy is worried as well, seeing that Matt is using his Daredevil persona to distract himself from the pain that he's feeling about Milla.










Date: 2011-08-20 05:32 am (UTC)
drmcninja: (Default)
From: [personal profile] drmcninja
A lot of people don't like what happened to Milla, but I think it was necessary. Matt really had to lose everything if they wanted him to fall. He'd handled death before, he needed to absolutely lose control, and I think this was a great way to do it.

The Mr. Fear thing though, eh. They're just setting him up for a beat down later down the road what with his new abilities and all. DOn't really care.

Date: 2011-08-20 08:02 am (UTC)
cainofdreaming: cain's mark (pic#364829)
From: [personal profile] cainofdreaming
Sooner or later he'll run into Purple Man and learn that there's always a bigger fish in the sea, yes?

Date: 2011-08-20 01:14 pm (UTC)
drmcninja: (Default)
From: [personal profile] drmcninja
I was thinking of making that comparison in my comment but decided against it. Great minds, no?

Date: 2011-08-20 08:35 am (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
There's still better ways to do it, frankly. To me, Bru basically said " I'm making her into a vegetable and it's gonna be incurable and there's nothing you can do about it." It's just miserable, and looks like Bru just wanted to leave his stamp on Daredevil in the worst way possible.

Date: 2011-08-20 10:21 am (UTC)
espanolbot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] espanolbot
Wait a second... that's what happened to Maggie Kyle too! And she was tormented by a skull-faced lunatic as well!

Date: 2011-08-20 10:29 am (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
*narrows eyes* I'm not seeing the pattern there..

...

Waitasecond!!! BRUBAKER YOU RASCAL.

Date: 2011-08-20 10:38 am (UTC)
espanolbot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] espanolbot
As I said below, I don't really have a problem with either story as they were both very well written, and the aftermath was also well handled for Selina (don't know about Matt, don't read Daredevil).

It's just a little weird that it was used a plotpoint in both Catwoman, and then in Daredevil when both series' seem to be very similar in tone.

I don't know, it's not as bad as Alan Moore having someone molested in nearly every series he's written, but I hope that this doesn't become a trend.

It's just that Matt's wife better not come back as a Nun-themed supervillain. Yeah, I know that he didn't write that part, I'm Just Sayin'.

Date: 2011-08-20 05:28 pm (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
I remember that. It was more than one set of spoilers that got confirmed, as I recall, but more than one person suggested it was actually Joe Q himself doing the leaks.

Still, I think it would've been interesting to have seen that, although the notion of Typhoid Mary or the concept being a legacy sort of thing, I don't know as that works for me. I like Mary as is.

Date: 2011-08-20 05:22 pm (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
To be fair, Brubaker used it as part of Matt's ongoing psychological breakdown, with Matt sleeping with Dakota during the Lady Bullseye story before he lost it completely and thought he could change the Hand. It actually had a point in-story, whereas with Spider-man it was a straight up reboot.

It's also taken several years from this story to get to the point where Waid is now. So... Not quite the same. Given Waid isn't abandoning Matt's bundle of issues, I wouldn't be surprised if a healthy Milla returns in time to make things awkward.

Date: 2011-08-20 03:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
I won't argue with that.
I just have to call bullshit on the fact that she's never mentioned again. She was HIS WIFE, DAMMIT. They recall Karen and Elektra often, but not Milla :I

Forgive my childishness, BUT I WANT HER BACK.

Date: 2011-08-20 03:47 pm (UTC)
drmcninja: (Default)
From: [personal profile] drmcninja
Oh, I agree there 100%. For someone who was so important both to Matt and to his fall, it makes absolutely no sense to put her on the bus. She absolutely should have more of a role in his life, however limited her abilities are.

Date: 2011-08-20 05:34 pm (UTC)
fifthie: tastes the best (Default)
From: [personal profile] fifthie
I feel like Brub's probably shit the bed on them ever actually getting well and truly back together again, cause this whole arc just seems like the sort of thing that a relationship just... doesn't really come back from, you know?

But there's no good reason why they can't just bring her back at least long enough to say hey she more-or-less recovered, she is/isn't still pissed at Matt, this is what she's doing as far as getting on with her life, etc.

Date: 2011-08-20 06:34 am (UTC)
proteus_lives: (Default)
From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
You've been doing great stuff with this series.

Date: 2011-08-20 07:09 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
Woof. I can see what Waid's talking about with needing a stiff drink after every issue.

Date: 2011-08-20 01:16 pm (UTC)
drmcninja: (Default)
From: [personal profile] drmcninja
My favorite series has not helped limit my drinking, to be sure.

Date: 2011-08-20 08:11 am (UTC)
blunderbuss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blunderbuss
Jeeeeeesus. The whole 'drive someone crazy' angle has been done a lot in comics, but this is actually a lot of what it's like being close to someone with mental illness. Even if things never got this bad, I've seen pretty much everything expressed here; Milla feeling patronized and then guilty for not getting better, Matt watching her going to and fro from lucidity ... oy.

Date: 2011-08-20 08:38 am (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
This. Having had a Grandmother who had steadily more severe dementia, I can see aspects of that in this, which, as much as I don't like it for what it does to Milla, at least shows Bru did his work.

It's just more harrowing that this is basically forced dementia.

Date: 2011-08-20 08:41 am (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
I fucking love that part of Mr Fear's motivation is basically " I HATE BEING CALLED HAROLD!!!!"

Date: 2011-08-20 09:53 am (UTC)
misterbug: (Default)
From: [personal profile] misterbug
...Eh. Not really working for me. I'm glad I skipped out on Daredevil during Bru's run, he really didn't seem to do anything interesting with the character.

Pity we lost Milla, though. A real pity.

Date: 2011-08-20 09:53 am (UTC)
kusonaga: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kusonaga
First, definite compliments for how you're posting this series.

Secondly, while I know there's definitely this sqeeky pattern when it comes to Matt Murdock's girlfriends, it is a pattern that fits him so well. I know people weren't happy with how this arc turned out, but it is such a part of the continuing misery that is Matt's life. I can't even really see this as a fridging or what have you. It's such an integral part of Daredevil's life that the people around him get hurt.

Date: 2011-08-20 09:59 am (UTC)
misterbug: (Default)
From: [personal profile] misterbug
Do 'im justice, though, the iconography is well-handled. The Grim Reaper is one of the only symbols of Western European Religion as well-recognized as the devil, so it was fitting that Bru used a villain with that motif as the Moriarty to Matt's Holmes.

Date: 2011-08-20 01:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drmcninja
He wasn't even Moriarty, he was like a one-shot Lex Luthor who actually got things done. His obsession with his arch enemy just drove him to this single plan to break him. He knew it would work, but skipped the theatrics. No posing, no monologuing, none of that till he knew he had already won. He was like a psychological Bane.

Date: 2011-08-20 10:33 am (UTC)
espanolbot: (Default)
From: [personal profile] espanolbot
To be honest, I haven't really heard of Mr Fear before this. Was he created solely for this series, or has he been around in the Marvel Universe previously

He just seems to be a mix of Scarecrow and Dr Destiny, only that he uses his poisons to compel women to sleep with him... which is gross. Admittedly Dr Destiny once did something similiar, though that was in Sandman in that issue where he mentally tortures a diner full of people by making them cut and blind themselves, mentally regressing them to animals, making them have sex with each other etc. all for his own amusement.

Damn that issue was creepy.

Mr Fear's plan here though I do have to admit was very well executed, and the differing art styles when Matt was gassed was very well done as well.

Though I have to say that a female relative being driven insane by a skull-faced villain is something that Brubaker kind of already did in Catwoman... I don't really have fault with the writing in either series, and it's done in a different enough way here to make it still interesting... It's just kind of odd to use a similar plotpoint in both his highly acclaimed noir-styled superperson series twice in a row.

Date: 2011-08-20 01:23 pm (UTC)
drmcninja: (Default)
From: [personal profile] drmcninja
I think he existed, but was really a nobody. He was transformed into this for the series.

Date: 2011-08-20 02:45 pm (UTC)
starwolf_oakley: (Default)
From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
Not quite a nobody. He attempted to frame Karen Page for murder in DAREDEVIL #373-375 in order to spite Matt Murdock, and came very close. I don't recall if he knew Matt was Daredevil in that storyline, though.

Date: 2011-08-20 11:29 am (UTC)
lieut_kettch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
Doesn't Matt have access to mystics, telepaths, reality warpers and scientists who could fix Milla in a split second?

Date: 2011-08-20 01:24 pm (UTC)
drmcninja: (Default)
From: [personal profile] drmcninja
And that's why Daredevil works better self contained.

Date: 2011-08-20 03:25 pm (UTC)
stolisomancer: (mmm soda)
From: [personal profile] stolisomancer
It's probably not accurate to say he has "access." At this point in his career, Matt's deliberately driven away everyone but his own supporting cast and a couple of the other street-level guys. He's never had Spider-Man's network.

Date: 2011-08-20 03:45 pm (UTC)
drmcninja: (Default)
From: [personal profile] drmcninja
True, but I don't think anybody would turn him away if he showed up one day and said "Hey, a supervillain drove my wife insane with chemicals and nobody can figure out how to cure her. Can you help me out?"

Date: 2011-08-20 06:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bittercupojoe
One of the major flaws of the character, and one that's touched over and over on by Brubaker is a tendency to be too focused on what he can do; the people that are his close friends are "him" by extension in this case. I don't know that it would even occur to him to go beyond people that he can readily call on, as he's usually written.

Date: 2011-08-20 05:02 pm (UTC)
yaseen101: (Default)
From: [personal profile] yaseen101
That tears it; this fucking horrible, terrible, and horrendous to boot.

Mr. Fear is exactly the kind of villain that I despise for all the wrong reasons; he’s the villain that you are supposed to love because he’s ‘cool’ and ‘bad ass’ and he taps into the sexually frustrated part of fandom who cheers and lives through the fact that he can laid with any woman he wants. The only reason why he’s a threat here is because the universe literally bends over his will.

There is no rhyme, rhythm or even coherence to what Brubaker is doing Matt, Milla or with Mr. Fear. All of them are simply vehicles that he uses to reach whatever desired outcome he wants. It’s pointless point scoring basically.

If there is anything that Bendis’s Matt Murdock has prove is that he know how to step up the game, even if it’s something that’s not morally sound (eg: becoming the Kingpin of Hell’s Kitchen), Bendis’s Matt knows how to read the situation, he knows the score, he knows how to pick apart the details and he knows what is the best course of action for whatever situation; because at heart is a lawyer and unlike other superheroes the lines don’t so much as blur for him as they nearly get bent into pretzels before Matt finds a way to straighten them again. All Bru’s Daredevil does throughout here is mope and angst and while he sets out to do something about the situation, he never gets a chance to rectify, he comes across as a sore lose in front of Mr. Fear here.

Speaking of whom, the moment he tries to set foot in Matt’s life, Matt should have shown him exactly what it means to mess with his personal life. Matt would have shown at the very least a form of comeuppance, remember how he carved out a Bullseye on Bullseye’s; if you vindicate him he is going to bend the rules a bit just so he can tell you ‘this is almost exactly how I feel about this!’. The only people who are actually crazy enough to mess with Murdock’s life are complete psychopaths like Bullseye and complete monster’s like Wilson Fisk.

That is exactly what this story should have been, a no-name loser who thinks he’s hit big by some new high octane chemical fear formula trying to mess with Matt Murdock, now that he knows who his greatest enemies identity is only discover or be brought down to earth by Matt and basically showing him just how hardened he has become, that he’s been through far, far worse than whatever Crap-ston is trying to put him through and then later calling up his buddies in the FF and the Avengers to help cure Milla, basically telling ‘this is the level This is the level where I AM, you are down below in the cervixes.’. IMO, it’s insulting to suggest that anyone who’s not Bullseye and Kingpin can touch Matt, even if they are intelligent and manipulative, it has to take something more, something special to be someone that can ruin Matt Murdock’s life.

Also I love how Bru thinks: ‘oh we should totally bring the Hood in because that would show shared continuity but we should totally avoid bringing Strange and others to possibly cure Milla because that would ruin my story. Consistency? What Consistency?’

Finally, this is one trade of Daredevil that I will not be buying. Or perhaps just the Milla ones from the bins where the money wouldn’t go to him.

Date: 2011-08-20 05:38 pm (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
This. As a guy, I'm not particularly in awe of Cranston or his power, I'm just disgusted, really. He's meant, imo, to come across as sleazy and grotesque.

Date: 2011-08-20 06:35 pm (UTC)
bittercupojoe: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bittercupojoe
Yeah. Mr. Fear is not written, in any way as a sympathetic villain here. He's an asshole, and not an asshole you're supposed to love like Daken or Ares. He's just a petty bastard that managed to win one. It's supposed to be an unhappy ending, and it is.

Date: 2011-08-20 05:37 pm (UTC)
fifthie: tastes the best (Default)
From: [personal profile] fifthie
I did feel Matt was kind of haplessly reactive throughout this entire arc, yeah.

Date: 2011-08-20 05:41 pm (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
When you don't see it coming, though, what can you do? It's one thing to preemptively beat the shit out of the Kingpin before he makes a real comeback because Matt's played that game so many times. This is entirely different. He's completely blindsided by Cranston.

Date: 2011-08-20 06:04 pm (UTC)
fifthie: tastes the best (Default)
From: [personal profile] fifthie
When you don't see it coming, though, what can you do?

Me? Very little.

But I'm not a guy with superpowers calling himself the Kingpin (was he still calling himself that at this point IDK) who goes around beating up criminals on a nightly basis while ALSO being a highly successful lawyer and having publicly identified as to his civilian and vigilante personas and also being married and being well aware that he has numerous enemies who would still wish to harm him.

I think the sort of person who IS all of those things should generally have some level of capability for successfully getting out in front of this sort of thing, at least moreso than Matt (IIRC) did here.

Date: 2011-08-20 05:53 pm (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
First off, I think you're making some rather nasty and unfair assumptions about the fandom when you make accusations about their sexuality and the like and how that inspires their fandom of Mr Fear, which I've not seen anywhere on the internet. I think its fair to say some people do enjoy how, say, Daredevil can get so many attractive women and maybe aspire to that, but to arrogantly state without proof that certain readers will identify with and idolise a rapist is unfair and uncalled for.

And I disagree with you on other points. Fear explains his motivation for this plot perfectly well to Matt. Matt himself continues that downward spiral he's been on since Hardcore. Milla's the only one utterly wasted. I also disagree that the only ones who should ever mess with Daredevil are Kingpin and Bullseye. What kind of a boring series would that be if they were the only threats because Matt's so amazingly badass no-one dares touch him?

Date: 2011-08-20 06:57 pm (UTC)
yaseen101: (Default)
From: [personal profile] yaseen101
Perhaps I did go a little over-board with the whole sexuality part. While I may never know what Bru's intent was, Cranston's rape here reads more like a bad fan fic than it does as a' sleazy and grosteque bad guy'. ymmv

The thing is Matt's far more capable than what's been shown, even if he was completely blind sided by Cranston. The main problem with the story is that it's angst for the sake of angst, when Bendis outed Daredevil, while part of it was to make Matt's life difficult, was basically a story of Matt getting hit by something that he had no control over and it affecting his life in a significant way. It felt very real and natural, I get the opposite feeling here.

Moreover, I didn't mean an 'invincible Daredevil' but one that's actually weathered and dealt with a lot of life's harshness and continues to do so. I never said, it should only be Bullseye and Fisk who hurts him either but that not every villain in Murdock's life should be people who gets to ruin his life.

Date: 2011-08-20 09:27 pm (UTC)
kusonaga: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kusonaga
What could Matt conceivable do, though? As has been said, Milla's poisoning came out of left field for him. Mr. Fear had been messing with the Gladiator, which is what Matt had been focussed on during the previous arc. Just as he finds out Mr. Fear's responsible for Gladiator's descent, he finds out he's already gotten to Milla. Matt could no longer do anything about that.

In fact, this arc is much more of an 'aftermath', dealing with Matt coping with what's been done to his wife and by extension, to him. His main focus is Milla and getting her back. He'd already lost the battle, because he didn't even know there was one. Which proves how effective Mr. Fear's plan was and it's a pyrrhic victory when Matt finally beats him.

But then, all of Daredevil's victories tend to be pyrrhic.

Date: 2011-08-20 11:46 pm (UTC)
yaseen101: (Bruce Wayne)
From: [personal profile] yaseen101
I think it's more or less how this whole arc played out that's what's pissing me off (that and Milla's fate).

True, Matt got attacked out of the left field but I'm not feeling the whole 'uber-bad ass villain that destroys Matt's life' vibe that Fear is supposed to give off here.

I feel that Matt would have at least made sure that Cranston was given some sort of comeuppance for his smugness. I mean, I know he has the history with Bullseye and thus that contributed to him losing it and scarring the man forever, but I was hoping that there was going to be some release here.

It's a phyric victory but I'm not really the feeling the story here. There is an odd disconnect between me and the story.

Date: 2011-08-21 05:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thanekos
Larry Cranston is clearly intimate with the evils that lurk in the heart of man.

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