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Comic Review: Daredevil: End of Days #4

Daredevil: End of Days #4 Klaus Janson Bullseye cover for Marvel Comics
Daredevil: End of Days #4 delves deeper into the ugly underbelly of New York City as reporter Ben Urich continues to follow Matt Murdoch’s last days, and his last word, “Mapone.”

Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack have really captured the spirit and tone of the hardboiled detective story, and putting it against the tarnished shine of a murdered superhero seems to make it all the more depressing for its loss of idealism. It’s more of the deliciously dour here as Bendis and Mack continue to raise more questions than answers.

Issue #4 takes Ben Urich to the bullet-riddled apartment of the recently deceased Bullseye, then drags him deeper into the muck by sending him to a strip club called Visions.

Depressing as this comic is, the fast-forward in time gives the Visions scene a great opportunity to wink at the past. All the dancers are dressed like Marvel heroines. Look closely and you’ll spot Jean Grey, Ms. Marvel, Scarlet Witch, and even Elektra.

While last issue was a Little Black Book journey for Urich through all of Matt Murdock’s exes – and their bastard children – this issue focuses on Bullseye and his history with Daredevil. Bullseye is dead, but in his last moments he was reliving a key scene from Daredevil lore. Mapone pops up again, this time scrawled in blood behind Bullseye’s body. Urich follows the breadcrumbs and continues to drop the big word, and he finally gets some recognition out of a certain former vigilante with a penchant for skulls and killing criminals.

Klaus Janson’s pencils continue to layer on the filth of this grimy, dystopian future. He does another busy two-page spread of the streets similar to last issue, and you’ll surely find yourself scanning the rooftops for the Man Without Fear.

Yes, he’s still lurking in the shadows. People are reporting copycats, but it’s plain enough that Daredevil is following Ben Urich.

There’s no questioning Urich’s investigative skills.

He’s good.

But Daredevil?

He may be magic.

9 out of 10

  1. January 3, 2013 at 10:42 am

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