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I started getting cozy with Brubaker's run with the last two issues of this arc. It was here that Brubaker was able to wrap up the few dangling threads that Bendis left and be able to start off with his own story. For the most part I think he did a good job and I feel the 'solution' that Brubaker chose in the end was the best he could have done. I'll explain more later.

The first issue, #88, is a one-shot called "The Secret Life of Foggy Nelson". Want to know how good Marvel was at hiding from the rest of us that Foggy was still alive? When this was being advertised, the solicitation read something like "What secrets was Foggy hiding from Matt before he died?" which was, of course, nothing to do with the actual issue.

So Foggy is in witness protection and is attempting to call Ben Urich to tell him he's not dead, but Urich can't hear anything.

Unbeknownst to them, one of the FBI agents helping Foggy is actually a mole. Foggy later hears two FBI agents talking about Matt boarding a plane to London but not seen getting off, and he attempts to escape and call a cab.

The kidnappers arrive to the destination, but they are ambushed and killed by members of the Hand.


Matt has fled to Monaco in pursuit of a mysterious laywer named Alton Lennox who may be connected to Foggy's 'murder'. Matt has died his hair black and is now calling himself Ray Mallory. He knows Lennox is connected to a local mob boss, so to get himself noticed Matt manages to easily win a high-stakes game of poker.

A Spanish matador by the name of Manuel Eloganto puts on a show for Lily's father but ends up murdering him once it's over.

The guy trying to help Lily is Lennox, by the way.


Matt later searches for Lily but instead...

Matt realizes that Lily is trapped in the car.


On his search, Matt discovers that he's been had and that Lily has been playing him for a fool. He manages to track down her with Tombstone and the Matador. 


The issue opens with the FBI director (who's been trying to screw over Murdock) dealing with being sent to work in Alaska when two 'movers' arrive and kill him (off-panel).

Matt arrives in Zurich, Switzerland to discover the mastermind who has been pulling his strings...

Matt asks her how could she do this to him when he saved her life. Vanessa says with the way her life has been, she would have been better off living in the sewers with the monsters and the madmen (this is of course referring to a classic Frank Miller story in which Vanessa Fisk was held captive in the sewers by monster similar to the Kingpin).

Matt realizes that Vanessa Fisk is dying. She tells him that she wants to make a deal with him, one that will save his life.

She says everything has gotten to this point because of Matt's "game of chess" with her husband, and that she was hoping that the two would end up killing each other in prison or that Matt would find some way to self-destruct on his own.

Matt tells her to go to hell.

Matt later discovers that the FBI director has apparently killed himself, leaving a suicide note stating that he had framed Matt Murdock and had planted false evidence. Matt knows that Vanessa had him killed.


Matt is back in New York. He gives a press release saying that he had been kidnapped by the Punisher because Frank wanted information on his clients, but that he wasn't treated badly and that he was eventually released. Eventually the discussion moves to the charges against Matt that have been dropped, and one reporter states that the FBI's suicide note was convenient and accuses "Daredevil" of murdering him. Matt realizes that people will always think he's Daredevil, but at least there's some doubt.

Now I know some didn't like this when it came out, saying that it cheapens Bendis' run and that it's a copout. I think it works great, and here's why:

The best thing Brubaker could have done is find a way to have Matt's name cleared so he's not a fugitive, but at the same time do it in a way that doesn't wipe everything Bendis did on the status quo. Which is what he did. This isn't some elaborate cosmic One More Day job that wipes the universe's knowledge of his identity, and nor is it some solution that convinces everyone that Matt is cleared. The public still thinks he's Daredevil, and this is something that Matt will always have to deal with. He's still dealing with the ramifications of being 'outed', as we will see later on.

So in addition to having the charges dropped, Foggy Nelson and Becky Blake manage to get Matt's license reinstated.

Matt later reads in the paper that Vanessa Fisk has passed away.

Really glad Brubaker threw in that scene--it's the first real sign of humanity we've had from Fisk in a long time. While I think Bendis' depiction of the Kingpin was superior, I think Brubaker understands the tragic nature to his character a little bit better.

Foggy asks Matt what he thinks Fisk will do, but Matt believes that there's a small chance that Vanessa's death will have changed him. Matt is still wondering about the effects of Lily's perfume, and the subconscious effect of his greatest desire being Vanessa. Foggy tells him that it's normal to feel that way, but he loves Milla and Milla loves him and that everything will work out.

The issue ends with Lily Lucca arriving in New York...

Date: 2011-08-15 10:56 pm (UTC)
shanejayell: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shanejayell
I really liked this run.

Date: 2011-08-15 11:08 pm (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
For me, it only started to suck when Bru decided to remove Milla from the equation in one of the cruellest ways possible.

Date: 2011-08-16 01:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] glprime
Ayup. Pretty sadistic fridging to make the "new villain" seem tough. Lame choice.

Date: 2011-08-16 03:03 am (UTC)
glprime: (Default)
From: [personal profile] glprime
Right, I know he was a returning villain (thus the quotes), but to brutalize and torture a female character just to make the guy "have a new, edgier take than before" seems like weak writing.

Date: 2011-08-15 11:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
I really like Bru's Kingpin, who doesn't seem quite as invulnerable as the character used to be and, like Bendis' version, seems a little more human.

I especially like that he's apparently surprised Matt could do something to hurt him after all the crap he's dumped on Murdock's life, but I also like that he tries to stick to his side of the bargain and leave Matt alone until Lady Bullseye ruins his new life. That Matt is the one laying down the law to him for once is satisfying, though.

On another note, would someone like Matt realistically be allowed to practice law after all this, with the continued suspicions that he is Daredevil?

Date: 2011-08-15 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
That's one of the things I'm finding interesting/funny about Waid's DD--where he tried to get his title back and the justice system as a whole pretty much looked at him and said, "Are you out of your fucking mind?" :D

Date: 2011-08-15 11:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
Excellent. Truth be told, I think that's what bugged me most, seeing these posts. If there was the slightest suspicion or a drop of evidence that he actually is Daredevil, his license should've surely been suspended until he could satisfactorily prove he wasn't DD.

Date: 2011-08-16 09:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kusonaga
But that's the legal system, isn't it? Matt doesn't need to prove he's not Daredevil. Somebody needs to prove that he is.

Date: 2011-08-16 03:10 pm (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
Again, I think it's difficult to determine because it's a fictional situation, but I would have thought that if there were any suspicions about Matt being a vigilante and perverting the course of justice, then I believe he would at least have his license suspended until everything is cleared up.

The letter of the law may be 'innocent until proven guilty', but when it comes to something like that...

Date: 2011-08-15 11:40 pm (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
Ah, good point. I forgot Bru tied up that loose end rather nicely.

Date: 2011-08-16 01:24 am (UTC)
glprime: (Default)
From: [personal profile] glprime
"LEAVE HER ALONE!!! (and also don't stab me pleeeeeeeease...)"

So lucky he didn't get impaled by El Matador. And by lucky, I mean I'm rolling my eyes at that ridiculous entrance.

Date: 2011-08-16 01:55 am (UTC)
citygod: (Default)
From: [personal profile] citygod
Foggy's witness protection name: nicely done.

Date: 2011-08-16 03:15 am (UTC)
proteus_lives: (Default)
From: [personal profile] proteus_lives
Great run.

Date: 2011-08-16 03:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
It looks like Brubaker wanted to note how different Vanessa Fisk character was in Bendis' run, or at least note how different she was between Miller's run and now. Brubaker doesn't make an explanation. Matt doesn't fully understand why and how she changed so much, and Wilson doesn't either.

Vanessa saying Matt is selfish is interesting. But the best example of his might be Matt declaring himself the Kingpin of Hell's Kitchen. Other than that, I'm not sure. Maybe Matt wanting to be a lawyer *and* a vigilante?

Date: 2011-08-16 07:57 am (UTC)
mrstatham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrstatham
I'd say that it's selfish of him to keep being Daredevil when it brings so much pain and misery to his friends and family. If he weren't DD, Karen doesn't die, Foggy wouldn't have been stabbed, etc. Yet he keeps on being Daredevil, even after people have begged him to stop before.

Also, if we go with Matt's 'we made her what she was' stance, then she's calling him out in that too.


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