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Comic Review: Daredevil: End of Days #7

Daredevil: End of Days #7 cover by Klaus Janson Marvel

In the penultimate issue to this surefire DD classic, Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack’s Daredevil: End of Days #7 hits a rousing crescendo and reveals one of the two nagging questions behind the impenetrable mystery of Daredevil’s death and apparent return. The writing is pitch perfect, while the art from Klaus Janson and Bill Sienkiewicz takes the story to another level altogether.

This comic is so good it’s sinful.

Klaus Janson’s pencils alone make one question why people don’t talk about this comic more. His dirty, dour and grungy style makes him the perfect artist for this story.

The opening scene shows Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich in a church talking on the phone, but while Urich is focused on the people he’s speaking to, Janson gets us focused on everything else. He brings a nun, another church visitor, and various angel statues into the shots again and again. You can’t help but follow the nun’s shadow from panel to panel, or to wonder what is behind the visitor’s sunglasses. Everyone’s a suspect, because we are as much in the dark as Urich. It’s a spectacularly paranoid sequence that is also – as it turns out – quite prophetic.

Urich continues to trace the new Daredevil, armed only with the word “Mapone” and a costume forwarding address. The bodies are piling up behind him (thank you very much, Punisher) and the police are starting to take an interest in him, but Urich – for all his frustration – soldiers on to get the story.

That story ultimately takes him to meet the creepy head of a Scientology-esque church and, later, puts him in the clutches of some ninjas.

Ninjas make any story better, right?

And to top it off, we finally get to see the new Daredevil throw down alongside the Punisher in a ferociously-drawn final battle.

Final pages are always meant to drive the story, but the last page of this book is one of those knockout punches. It resonates with all the built-up narrative tension of seven issues as it finally reveals – in one word – the identity of the new Daredevil.

One thing this issue accomplishes particularly well is the sense of vulnerability it establishes in Urich. He is, after all, a regular guy in a world of semi-retired superheroes. He’s punching above his weight, so to speak, and the writing really conveys just how fragile he is, both in the paranoid church scene and later, when he confronts the superpowered head of the ninja cult.

Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack expertly guide Daredevil: End of Days #7 toward an explosive finale in issue #8, and Klaus Janson and Bill Sienkiewicz prove to be the perfect pairing to bring this tale to life.

It feels like forever since the last issue came out, but Daredevil: End of Days #7 is worth every second of the wait.

And I’ve got just one word to bring you back for the final chapter:

“Mapone.”

9.5 out of 10

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