Frank Miller makes his Daredevil debut! No, he wasn’t writing yet, just producing powerful pictures to the tune of writer Roger McKenzie’s words. Revel in Miller’s style as Matt Murdock gets swooped up by the Unholy Three and DD’s compatriots â€“ including the beautiful Black Widow â€“ devise a plan to rescue him. Delivered to the waiting and vengeful hands of the time-shifting Death-Stalker what’s a blind attorney to do? How does Daredevil get a bead on a man’s heartbeat if his opponent keeps shifting through dimensional planes? DD evens the playing field, of course â€“ witness Miller’s action-packed panels for yourself!
The Death of Elektra. Every Marvel fan worth his or her Atlantean sea-salt knows this book by a single word: “Landmark.” The heart wrenching narrative culminating with this issue may very well be Frank Miller’s best storytelling in the comics genre as he both writes and draws this historic issue. Much like the cover blurb â€“ “Bullseye; Elektra; One Wins. One Dies.” â€“Miller conceived the story as simple, elegant and powerful. Bullseye, the revenge-plotting assassin, opens DAREDEVIL #181 in prison â€“ fantasizing about Daredevil’s demise. After making an escape during a live television appearance, Bullseye eventually battles Elektra, wounding her mortally with a single, penetrating thrust from her own trademark sai. Consider it the drawing that shook comicdom, and Daredevil, to their core.
It was a “nasty, rotten little town” in New Jersey that the criminals who ran it planned to keep that wayâ€¦that is, until the Man Without Fear sauntered in. Never actually named in the comic or even donning his Daredevil duds, Matt Murdock (looking a little like the incredibly badass Marlon Brando in one of the all-time great rebel tough-guy flicks “The Wild One”) takes it upon himself to make the place a little less nasty and rotten. Frank Miller writes. John Buscema draws. And a better single-issue, self-contained story may be a difficult thing to come by in all of comics history.
The first in the seven-issue “Born Again” storyline, Daredevil’s dreaded enemy, The Kingpin, finds out DD’s secret identity. And what’s the Kingpin of crime to do when he comes into possession of such extraordinary information? He immediately goes about destroying Matt Murdock’s life. From the imposing cover of Kingpin’s visage overpowering the New York City skyline to the last panels of destruction and DD clutching his tattered scarlet togs, Frank Miller’s words and David Mazzuchelli’s pictures announced to the world that this would be no ordinary tale of the blind attorney who doubles as a super hero
The conclusion of the “Born Again” storyline brings Nuke and the Avengers to Hell’s Kitchen. With Frank Miller doing the writing and David Mazzuchelli penciling, even the Man Without Fear knows to stand down to the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. But exactly who is Nuke and why does Captain America have such a keen interest in him? Plus, how is the evil stench of the Kingpin permeating throughout this entire seven-issue tale â€“ just who is Wilson Fisk in cahoots with? Delight in Miller’s masterful weaving of one of the great tales in Marvel history.
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