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Comic Review: Daredevil: End of Days #6

Daredevil: End of Days vol. 1 #6 cover by Klaus Janson Black Widow Marvel

The questions – and the bodies – continue to pile up and Ben Urich seems no closer to the truth in Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack’s Daredevil: End of Days #6.

When last we saw our intrepid reporter, he’d been defenestrated by Bullet and was falling to his death, but was saved by none other than the recently deceased Daredevil.

Issue #6 picks up mid-flight with Urich and – seeing as we’re still two issues from the conclusion – offers no illumination as to who this apparently new Daredevil is. One can make a guess, based on the first person to show up after Urich’s dilemma, but Bendis and Mack keep their cards close to the chest and don’t give up too much too soon.

That caginess is part of what makes this book so enjoyable, as it’s a caper without an obvious solution. Bendis and Mack keep us very much with Urich every step of the way, and while we might jump ahead one step here or there, there’s enough unpredictability here to keep us from getting out in front of the plot. The Punisher is a part of that, as he’s out there working against Urich and hiding the bodies, so to speak.

Daredevil: End of Days #6 takes a breath to let Urich wax poetic on the nature of heroism to his son Tim before working in two lesser-known Daredevil villains in the likes of The Owl and Purple Man. They’re lower down on Urich’s list of potential killers, but as he crosses off suspects in his questioning, so too do we.

And, as his list of potential new Daredevils gets longer, there’s one noted absence that may not come out until the last issue.

Klaus Janson’s pencils are dirty and rough and gorgeous as always, but this issue also sees some welcome single page contributions from David Mack and Alex Maleev that add a visceral edge to Urich’s otherwise real world story.

Daredevil: End of Days #6 is building to something supremely special. With two issues to go, Bendis and Mack don’t give anything away easy. Good old fashioned attention to detail will sort this story out.

Be there when Urich figures it out. You’ll be glad you came.

9 out of 10

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  1. March 7, 2013 at 2:42 am

    This book is fantastic. I never thought I would be as moved by Purple Man as I was in this issue. And David Mack’s paintings were just gorgeous.

    • March 7, 2013 at 6:54 am

      It’s one of my favourite series right now. I love the dark and gritty post-superhero feel, and it does a great job with all the characters it introduces, whether you know them or not. I’ll admit, the first time I saw the Owl was an hour earlier in Age of Ultron, but I still had him figured out right away here.
      This book doesn’t get the hype it deserves. It’s so good!

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