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Daredevil (1998 Series) #95

March 26, 2007

Quick Rating: Good
Title: To the Devil His Due Part One
Rating: T+

Matt Murdock is finally home – but that doesn’t mean he gets to take it easy.

Writer: Ed Brubaker
Pencils: Michael Lark
Inks: Stefano Gaudiano
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: Warren Simons
Cover Art: Marko Djurdjevic
Publisher: Marvel Comics

With his name cleared and his partner back, Matt Murdock gets to finally come home after all the… well… years of insanity that have gripped his life since he was first “outed” to the press as Daredevil. He’s trying to minimize the number of people who still believe that to be the truth, while at the same time, heading out to the streets to take them back. Neither of these projects turn out to be as simple as he hoped.

Daredevil’s problem is that someone is using an old technique of the Kingpin’s to pull multiple crimes at once. Ol’ Hornhead is on to the scheme, but something has put a fear into these hoods that he simply can’t fathom. Meanwhile, a defendant with ties to Daredevil winds up with a murder rap on him, and Matt wants to steer clear of the case… but Murdock and Nelson’s newest associate has different ideas.

Although this isn’t a spectacular issue, it is a welcome one. Daredevil’s life since the “outing” has been so dependent on major stories, major twists, that it gets a bit heavy at times. Not that there haven’t been good stories as a result, it can just get to be a bit much. This story may ultimately still head in that direction, but the first issue at least just feels like a relatively simple, old-fashioned Daredevil story, and it’s been a really long time since we got one of those.

Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudiano do a fine job on the art – their style is, as always, suitably dark, and Marvel’s new cover sweetheart Marko Djurdjevic does a really good rendition of Daredevil – the cover could really be poster-worthy.

Not too much else to say – a solid issue, one that won’t blow anyone away, but it should satisfy most fans pretty well.

Rating: 7/10

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