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Comic Review: Daredevil: End of Days #8

David Mack Daredevil: End of Days #8

Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack and Klaus Janson end one of the best Daredevil stories ever told with a visually stunning denouement in Daredevil: End of Days #8.

This issue is very much an epilogue for the fallen; it mourns both Matt Murdock and Ben Urich by reversing much of what we saw in earlier issues.

Where once it was Ben Urich plumbing the depths of New York City for the retired heroes and villains of Daredevil’s world, in this issue it is those same larger than life individuals who come to witness Urich’s funeral.

And, in a clever visual twist, Bendis and Mack provide the text for Urich’s Daredevil eulogy – read at Urich’s funeral – written in sterile blue computer type and read by J. Jonah Jameson. Urich’s rough typewriter notebook style is gone because he is gone; his text looks like web writing because he’s not there to ground it.

Writers Bendis and Mack play this last hand well, as they doesn’t show all their cards straight away. You’ll have to get to the last pages to learn what “Mapone” means and – as has been the case before in this series – the answer is subtly hiding in plain sight a few pages before.

Much of the story involves fleshing out how Urich’s adopted son Timothy became Daredevil, and how he will become a better Daredevil than Matt Murdock. We see some of his training at the hands of Matt, but it’s also clear he has a long way to go to get where he needs to be.

For all the world-weary heaviness of the earlier entries in this series, issue #8 manages to catch the wave of Timothy’s youth and provide some hope for the future through him.

David Mack provides the artwork on all the gorgeously-painted Daredevil meditation scenes, while Klaus Janson perfectly captures the anger in Timothy Urich’s every movement. Even with a fresh start for Daredevil in the works, Janson’s dark, shadowy style is well-suited to the trauma that has created this new DD.

Bendis has a ton of work coming out right now, but this collaboration with David Mack is easily among his very best. Janson is the perfect artist for this ruined post-superhero world, while Mack’s occasional painted pages offer some much-needed splashes of beauty in an overwhelmingly dour future.

Daredevil: End of Days #8 is absolutely masterful, though probably read better in quick succession after issue #7.

That means go out and buy this collection when it’s released.

It belongs on your shelf.

Mapone.

9.5 out of 10

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