Review: Daredevil: End of Day #8
Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack tie up every lose end that has been dangling for the last eight months. Timmy gets a great ending, and an astonishing amount of characterization in one issue. Bendis and Mack use the “Uncle Ben” trauma, and bring in Peter Parker. Part of me wishes that this issue was longer so Peter and Tim could have had more time to discus them losing their respective Bens. The various Marvel characters talking about how amazing Ben Urich just shows how much untapped potential this character has. I’d like to see Waid and Samnee bring him back in Daredevil. Matt Murdock gets more panel time in this issue than he has the entire series. The transformation into a Stick like character is a great choice by Bendis and Mack.
While I won’t spoil it, they do reveal what Mapone is. And much like Citizen Kane, it speaks wonders about the character of Daredevil. The reveal seems to come out of left field, but makes perfect sense once you let it sink in. The Citizen Kane like examination of Matt Murdock has turned this miniseries into, in my opinion, the best Daredevil story every told. It tells readers why Daredevil has stood the test of time as a character in a way that could only take place in his corner of the Marvel universe. The ending has almost has a The Dark Knight Rises feel, with Tim ushering the hero in a new era. It feels both familiar and strangely different. I’d love to see Marvel attempt to make this into a movie.
Klaus Johnson has been a tour de force on Daredevil: End of Days. His gritty pencils have constantly felt at home in Hell’s Kitchen. Occasionally the the lines get too scratchy, losing some of the detail when they ender the foreground. But it’s easily overlooked. David Mack paints some beautiful panels. While the tone is completely different compared to Johnson’s pencils, they mesh together beautifully. Bill Sienkiewicz finishes Johnson’s pencils, and you can’t tell that two artists helped make this book. Too often it’s painfully obvious when someone has to finish another’s pencils. Matt Hollingsworth colors a down to Earth issue. There are hints of red and black everywhere, showing the two sides to Daredevil’s Hell’s Kitchen: his side and the enemies.
Daredevil: End of Days is the type of series that doesn’t come around very often. It’s a brilliant read, and one of the best books that Marvel has put out years.
Daredevil: End of Days #8 gets 5/5.