What I Remember:
Not a lot, somehow I managed to purchase part five of a six-part series, which means I came in very, very late to our story.
I did a little research into the “Fall From Grace” arc and learned that it coincided with Frank Miller’s return to Daredevil in the Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, this being the lesser promoted of the two. Also, since the 90's were all about mutants, Daredevil was not a hot property like he is whenever Miller works on the book or since the Marvel Knights line.
Nonetheless, this book served as my intro to Hell’s Kitchen and Daredevil.
This book features a new Daredevil costume because it’s the 90’s. He's also at war with ninjas.
Vital Stats: Daredevil #324
Writer: DH Chichester
Penciler: Scott McDaniel
Inkers: Collazo and Avon
Colorist: Pat Garrahy
Letterer: Bill Oakley
Publication Date:January 1994
Cover Price $1.25
Re-Collection Price:This is my original copy from 1994.
Lots. Unlike other multi-part stories that I reviewed this doesn’t get into recapping previous chapters, instead we begin with a recap of Matt and Elektra’s relationship. You know the story, lovers, friends, enemies, her death and her body falling into the clutches of The Hand. Best part of this recap is that it provided me with my first comics sex panel, which was amazing at the tender age of 10.
Our story proper begins in Central Park where Daredevil working with a ninja known as Stone to stop a virus being released by the ninja group Snakeroot. Unfortunately, Morbius, the Living Vampire, crashes the party and tries to snack on Stone’s neck and gets impaled for his struggles. The Snakeroot escape.
We cut to Snakeroot headquarters where Enteki, who was just battling DD in the park is given a mask and full admission to the cult
Back to our heroes, Daredevil and Morbius begin examining samples of the virus in Morbius’ lab. Morbius sees the transformative properties of the disease as a chance for him to be cured but Daredevil warns him of the virus’ danger and how he shouldn’t risk it. Morbius promises not to pursue it, but of course Matt could tell he was lying.
Morbius quickly diverts the awkward conversation by finding a newspaper in the trash with a familiar headline:
Daredevil, obviously annoyed that his secret identity is out (again!)meets with reporter-pal Ben Urich, who claims his intern hacked into his files and stole the information in order to make a name for herself. Matt has Ben run damage control with the news crews camped out in front of his apartment, while Matt goes back to hunting Snakeroot in Staten Island of all places.
Daredevil and Stone get shot at by John Garrett: Shield Cyborg, who knows how to make an entrance, and attacked by a ninja called Eryny, who’s trying to claim Elektra’s life as her own.
As suddenly as they were attacked, Eryny and Garrett flee saying, “she can’t be!” Hand gets filleted by a sai and Matt sees a ghost from his past.
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This book is intriguing enough as a stand alone, but it’s hard to decipher the plot from this issue alone. I would buy the whole series or the trade (it is cheap enough on Ebay) However, I can see why this book served started my interest in DD as a kid. It touches on a lot of classic Daredevil themes, Elektra, his ID getting revealed, Foggy and Karen make a quick cameo, and there’s super-powered ninjas.
The pacing might be a little off too, many pages had six panels, which doesn’t allow the art to breathe at all and the coloring is dark enough to make it hard to read. Some pages the art was so small that the lettering had to appear outside of the panels.
McDaniel tries to balance all of the story by putting stylized backgrounds on the pages to fill them up, a brave choice that looks cool, but I would prefer to see the art stretched out more so it’s easier to see the details One thing that I did like about the art was how Daredevil's radar sense looked. It was stylized and interesting.
We go back to the back issues of the Spectacular Spider-Man and issue #133 where Peter Parker is in a mental hospital?! Join us for “I am Spider” next Wednesday.