Daredevil: The Devil, Inside and Out—Volume 2

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8.0 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Art: 8/10

Frees up Brubaker from Bendis storylines

Hard to believe that Vanessa Fisk could mastermind this

 
Comic Info

Comic Name:  Daredevil (Volume 2)

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Ed Brubaker

Artist:  Michael Lark/David Aja

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2007

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Daredevil (2) #88

Reprints Daredevil (2) #88-93 (October 2006-March 2007).  Foggy Nelson is dead…and Daredevil has broken out of prison to find out who is responsible!  Travelling undercover to Europe, Matt finds himself in conflict with a woman who strangely reminds him Karen Page and the big bruiser known as Tombstone.  As Matt seeks out the person pulling the strings, he’ll uncover an unlikely enemy that could hold the key to clearing his name and the shocking discovery of what really happened to Foggy.

Written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Michael Lark and David Aja, Daredevil:  The Devil, Inside and Out—Volume 2 collects the second story arc of Brubaker’s run on Daredevil.  The stories collected in the volume include “The Secret Life of Foggy Nelson” and “The Devil Takes a Ride” parts one through five.  This series has also been collected as Daredevil:  Ed Brubaker Ultimate Collection—Volume 1 or Daredevil:  Omnibus 1—Ed Brubaker.

After the shocking death of Foggy Nelson in Daredevil (2) #82, you had to wonder if Matt hit rock bottom.  While in a normal comic, the death of a major character might be a trick, Daredevil has proven in the past with the death of characters like Karen Page that everything is fair game.

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Daredevil (2) #91

Fortunately in this volume, you learn the truth about Foggy’s death.  Foggy has been placed in protective custody.  I’m not quite sure how they made it seem to Matt that he died with his heightened senses…I guess they imply that he did die in the attempt on his life and was “saved”, but Foggy’s “death” has a bigger implication for the story.

With Foggy and Karen dead, Matt really doesn’t have much of a moral compass.  It opens the character to be dark, and that is an interesting aspect of this volume.  I would have liked to have seen Brubaker push it farther as Matt seeks vengeance for Foggy, but I don’t know if it would have been believable (nor do I really see Vanessa Fisk setting this all up…despite her skill at chess).

I am glad to see Bendis’ “outing” storyline resolved in this volume and in a more realistic way than the truth being wished away by Mephisto in a Spider-Man type story (that still was a bad idea).  Brubaker at this point still feels like a Brian Michael Bendis fill-in writer by telling stories that fit closely with Bendis’ issues.  With Bendis’ plotlines resolved, Brubaker has more freedom to go his own way and Brubaker’s real path kicks off in his third volume Daredevil:  Hell to Pay—Volume 1.

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Daredevil:  The Devil, Inside and Out—Volume 1

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