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Comic Review: Daredevil: End of Days #5

Daredevil End of Days #5 Marvel Klaus Janson cover with Punisher

God, is this comic ever good.

Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack are masterfully guiding the complex mystery behind Matt Murdock’s death: they do just enough to tease, tantalize and frustrate in Daredevil: End of Days #5 that you’ll be dying to get your hands on the next issue in the series.

Ben Urich has followed the word Mapone to Punisher Frank Castle’s cell on Ryker’s Island for a conversation with the one man we know has the meaning behind that oh-so-elusive word. Don’t expect Castle to give it up, though; Bendis and Mack have too much on the go to surrender the word this early.

No, the Punisher isn’t prepared to go spoiling all the fun, but he – more than any of Matt’s other old foes – proves to be the most useful judge of character Urich has spoken to yet. Castle knew how Daredevil worked because he knew Matt Murdock the lawyer was always thinking ahead, and that’s where issue #5’s revelation comes from. In behind Castle’s gun-toting mania is an earth-shattering possibility that blows the doors off the future of this story.

After Urich’s visit with Castle, Bendis and Mack continue to weave in old friends and old foes as Urich sweeps New York for clues that fit Castle’s suggestions.

Like with issue #4’s superheroine-themed strip club, we get another glimpse of the post-superhero era’s fascination with the costumes of yesteryear when Urich visits a costume shop. Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel, Thor and Iron Man are all on display in a sad reminder that Matt Murdock isn’t the only vigilante to pass into nostalgia territory.

Klaus Janson is wonderful at making the costumes look just a bit shabby, just a bit ill-fitted to their mannequins, to really augment their cheapness. Janson’s art is stupendous throughout, but his superheroes stand out because the rest of his world is so grimey, dour and grim. They’re bright spots of cheap colour that only remind you of what’s been lost.

Issue #5 builds on all the elements that make this dark, haunting comic so great. The writing is nuanced and superbly positioned from Ben Urich’s perspective, and the art is spot-on for the mature tone of the story.

Daredevil: End of Days is going to be a must-have when it’s released in collected form.

9.5 out of 10

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