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So here we are, this is the big conclusion to Bendis' and Maleev's stint on Daredevil. I want to thank all of you have read the posts, and especially to those who went out and bought the trades afterwards. If you're a fan of the Bendis/Maleev combo, right now the two are working on Moon Knight and Scarlet, the latter being an original series.

#76 opens with Ben Urich being transported to a maximum-level federal penitentiary to meet none other than the Kingpin himself.

At this point explosions and gunfire can be heard outside. The Kingpin seems more amused than anything else. Ben Urich gets a call saying that there was an attack on the premises but it's been contained. Ben Urich wants to know who it was.

So what is the Kingpin drinking? Is drinking egg yolk a delicacy? Ick.

Anyways, Daredevil's doing great in the public eye. Foggy tells him that Daredevil has been polled as the most popular superhero in New York City, and that the storm has been weathered.

There's a knocking on his door, and Matt knows who it is before she comes in.

So things are looking good for Matt. Well, that can't last. Foggy goes out to get the paper and...


The issue opens with FBI agent Angela Del Toro (now the new White Tiger) attempting to convince the FBI director to not take Fisk's deal. Matt is a hero, and Fisk is a murderer, she says. The director tells her that they have nothing on Fisk that sticks, and furthermore, Matt's actions are illegal. Del Toro accuses him of selling Matt, and says that she quits. The director says good, because she's fired.

In Chicago, Elektra has finished an assassination when she learns the news about Murdock. On the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, the Black Widow asks newly-instated head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Maria Hill if Hill could make Matt's situation disappear.

Black Widow later pays a visit to Foggy.

Matt is at a hotel with Milla. Matt wants to know what changed and what caused her to come back.


Back with Matt and Elektra, Matt for some reason assumes the worst and attacks Elektra, and tells Milla to run. Elektra manages to gain the upper hand and tells Matt to turn on the television.

Black Widow arrives and demands to know what is going on and why Elektra is here.

Agent Del Toro arrives to help Matt. It appears both she and Elektra have an idea of where they are, locked away discretely in an office. Only one other person knows about, Bullseye. And speak of the devil, Bullseye appears and attacks.


So in the melee, Daredevil tells Del Toro to get out of there because she can't handle Bullseye. When she refuses, Matt kicks off her a building, breaking her arm, which is less than what Bullseye would have done if he had gotten her hands on her. He then tells Natasha to go and get Milla out of the country before anything happens to her.

Daredevil and Elektra battle Bullseye, but in an innocent woman is caught in the crossfire and killed.

The battle continues on, and...

Elektra asks if he's still alive, and Matt responds that he's just injured and that he always lives. Elektra goes to finish him off, but Matt says he's in enough trouble already.

At this point, the FBI agent hears that Daredevil and Elektra are both gone. Furious, he demands to know where they are and to find the Murdock Papers. Fisk decides to drop a bombshell.


Black Widow arrives to take Milla out of the country, but the two hear on the TV that Matt has been shot and possibly killed. They go to the Night Nurse, where Elektra and the Hand are already using their magic to help Matt. Luke Cage arrives to help, when the FBI storm the place. Elektra sends out the Hand to distract them, and whole melee starts.

And finally, #81...

Now this is the issue that I really regret cutting out what I did. Basically Matt is in court when he decides to make a run for it. With the help of Black Widow, he escapes to Paris under a different identity. Things go horribly wrong, and Matt ends up fleeing to Elektra and tells her that he has nowhere left to go. She asks him "Then what good would running do?" and it turns out the whole thing was a daydream from Matt imagining what his life would have been if he tried to escape.

I left out a major detail of the dream sequence that I found really effective so if you want to check it out you'll have to get the trade. I don't want to spoil it for you.

Anyway, back in 'reality'...

There's a lot of things I'd like to say, but I'll give Bendis the last word. Once again, thanks for reading.


Date: 2011-08-10 02:19 am (UTC)
sigmund_droid: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sigmund_droid
Godamn Matt is hot in this arc

Date: 2011-08-10 02:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rainspirit
What an incredibly intense series.

So how does Murdock beat jailtime? Because it seems pretty grim for him by the end of this.

Date: 2011-08-10 10:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
Well, that would totally work.

Date: 2011-08-10 04:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
Great stuff!

Wilson is so sneaky.


Is the part with Frank, Matt, Fisk and Bullseye all in prison together next?

Date: 2011-08-10 04:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drmcninja
Aw man I hope so. That is such an awesome part, especially the riot.

Date: 2011-08-10 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
Yes, I would TOTALLY love to see the Brubaker run done here as well.

Let's just pretend the Diggle run/Shadowland never happened.

Date: 2011-08-10 02:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] biod
Sir, I would go to prison to see Devil in Cellblock D.

Date: 2011-08-10 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
I would, if you're down. :D

Date: 2011-08-10 04:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drmcninja
Wilson Fisk is still my favorite villain. Of all time. Trumps everybody else. I love how Elektra makes it a point that out of everybody, she still understands Matt best. I love how Luke Cage, even now, is perfectly willing to not only step up and help a friend in trouble, but fight the FBI to do it. I love everything about Bendis' run, and especially, 100%, this arc.

This is exactly how Murdock's real fall needed to be.

Date: 2011-08-10 06:00 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
Hot DAMN this is a great run.

Dare I the Brubaker run next? :O

Date: 2011-08-10 02:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
There is procedure and inter-departmental protocol and I’m all a serious stoic government employee and OMG I’M SO SEXY LOOK AT MY SHOULDERS AREN’T THEM SO VERY SEXY IN THIS BLACK LEATHER VEST

Date: 2011-08-10 10:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
Yeah, that bit seemed off to me, especially since she's in the scene with Natasha, who would be smokin' hot in full plate armor.

Date: 2011-08-10 06:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filthysize
Thank you so much. Every time these scans pop up I remember exactly how I felt the first time I read these issues. Intense. I remember that twist with Kingpin, and Urich's reaction, and I was just... "Goddamn you to hell, Bendis. You got me. This is insane."

And I knew the ending was coming, but getting there... Wow. It is just shit piling after shit. I do not blame Mark Waid one bit for wanting that breather from this.

Date: 2011-08-10 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Poor Ben should have taken a law class or two.

They can't charge Ben with obstruction of justice without a conviction, which they wouldn't get if Ben didn't tell them where Night Nurse/DD was. In addition, he can't be made to incriminate himself, thus he's under no legal requirement to actually admit he knows where Night Nurse.

All he'd have to say is 'I can't remember', or give them a fake address.

But then, not alot of people know the law, so hey...

Date: 2011-08-11 01:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] flint_marko
Was this Elektra a Skrull?

Date: 2011-08-12 09:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] citygod
#80, first scan, second last panel: that totally looks like Bendis.

I believe the term is "Mary Sue"?

Date: 2011-08-12 09:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] citygod
Did not know that. But you have to admit:

Bendis' Daredevil is very entertaining, but there's something about his work that bothers me: he doesn't build anything. Apart from literally (I can't think of any original characters that he's created - Alias, I guess, but, technically, she's a retcon), all that he's done at Marvel is about blowing up the legacy characters and then putting them back together again. Do you know what I mean? He's a good writer, he knows how to decompress a story and pace great cliff-hangers but without the legacy characters to play with, what would he do?

Date: 2011-08-13 02:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] citygod
Not a complaint, per se, just an observation: his Marvel career has been about playing with everyone else's toys. Just look at Daredevil: the characters that he's working with are characters that Miller either created (Ben Urich, Elektra) or re-invented (Bullseye, Black Widow, even Kingpin - he's a Spiderman villain, but Miller reinvented him as a Machiavellian, powerful crimelord, because he certainly wasn't that before). So, that story about Miller taking Bendis' Eisner award? Sounds like a dick move by Miller but there's a lot of truth in it. Without the Miller era, I'm not sure what Bendis would have written.
I'm a fan of his Alias and Daredevil work (I bought them all in floppy form, and some of the collections, and thanks again for posting these) but his mainstream Marvel work has been very derivative and disappointing: I just don't see anything original, except a deconstruction of the legacy characters. (And sometimes worse: Secret Invasion felt like a remake of the Thomas & Adams Kree/Skrull War.)
Jessica Jones is a retcon and extrapolation of 70's Marvel continuity (don't get me wrong, Alias was really enjoyable), Powers is excellent (but again, references Marvel and DC continuity) and it's too early to form an opinion on Miles Morales. But his regular Marvel work just isn't as smart and inventive as the Alias/Daredevil/Powers era.

Date: 2011-08-13 02:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] citygod
But Bendis isn't "majority of writers working under the Big Two today" - he's the biggest name at Marvel, probably in all comics right now (perhaps Millar? Johns?) and I just think his work isn't as interesting as this era. Do you think it is?
What would you say are the original concepts in those other four arcs?
Didn't know/forgot that Roger MacKenzie created Ulrich (and i read those issues!)
Jessica Jones is a really interesting character but she isn't really "independent", though - her whole point is a retconed character in the Marvel Universe. All of the other characters in Alias are 616 (specifically 70's era 616) characters and situations. Again, it's a very entertaining book, but it's a riff on the comics that Bendis read in the 70's, in the same way that Daredevil is a riff on Millers Daredevil.
But I have to disagree with the Black Widow - when Miller reintroduced her in Daredevil, it was a total reinvention. He dumped a ton of her backstory, gave her a new look and m-o. (And I really wish they'd kept that look - loved the grey costume, with the short hair. Gave me warm memories of Nattasia Kinski in Cat People...)

Date: 2011-08-14 07:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] citygod
What do you think of Bendis story about Miller taking his Eisner award?


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