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Daredevil (1998) #97

May 29, 2007

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

The Gladiator returns – gunning for Matt Murdock.

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

Matt pawns his newest client off on Dakota North, but that doesn’t quite placate his wife. And to make matters worse, the Gladiator is back, and gunning for him.

There’s a good bit of old-fashioned mindless violence before we get a hint of what Gladiator’s true game plan is, and that’s all to the good. The strength of this story arc has been that it feels old-school, like a classic Daredevil story the likes of which we haven’t seen in a very long time. Recent events aren’t forgotten, of course. Brubaker uses many of the elements that have been generated since Brian Michael Bendis’s run began to put together this classic story.

Lark and Gaudiano’s artwork works very well, maintaining the crime noir feeling that has served the book so well, but still providing a satisfying superhero-style fight scene. And again, Djurdjevic’s cover is downright spiffy.

It’s quite impressive, how Brubaker has managed to keep the contemporary tone of this story, while harkening back to the sort of stories Daredevil used to tell at the same time. For that reason alone, this is one of the most interesting Daredevil tales in quite some time.

Rating: 8/10

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