Daredevil (1998 Series) #98
Quick Rating: Good
Title: To the Devil, His Due Part Four
With his wife held captive, Daredevil faces the Gladiator.
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Art: Michael Lark & Stefano Gaudiano
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: Warren Simons
Cover Art: Marko Djurdjevic
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Daredevil is stuck in the back of a police car. His former friend, Gladiator, has reverted to his criminal ways and kidnapped Matt’s wife Milla. And a mysterious voice is taunting the Man Without Fear.
This is a very action-heavy issue, from Matt’s dramatic escape to a good fight scene with Gladiator. We also delve into the obvious question – why someone who had long renounced his criminal ways would suddenly revert to them and launch an attack on a friend. We don’t get an answer outright here, but it seems clear that Gladiator is another pawn in the game of whoever is manipulating Matt’s life this time. (It happens to him a lot, you know.)
Lark and Gaudiano’s art is okay, although this issue does make it clear that their styles don’t work quite as well on traditional superhero action as on a more crime-based, street-level comic. Not to say that the art is bad, but the fight with Gladiator isn’t quite as dynamic as one would have hoped. Djurdjevic’s cover, of course, is as dynamic as ever.
Not a bad issue, and I’m still enjoying this sort of return to a more “classic” Daredevil story, although we’ve still got a dash of conspiracy theory in here for those of you who were pulled in by that sort of thing.