Daredevil #4

    Daredevil » Daredevil #4 - Killgrave, The Unbelievable Purple Man released by Marvel on October 1, 1964.

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    Killgrave, The Unbelievable Purple Man last edited by cloudguy on 05/31/18 08:09AM View full history

    The debut of the Purple Man, who first appears in this issue entering a bank and robbing it merely by asking the teller behind the counter to fill his briefcase with one hundred dollar bills, thus revealing his powers of suggestion. Once the teller realises what he has done, he contacts the police who arrest Killgrave.

    When summoned before a judge, Killgrave states that he does not want a lawyer representing him. However the Court appoints Nelson and Murdock. As Foggy is busy in a litigation case, Matt decides to meet Killgrave. Taking Karen with him, the Purple Man tells him that he requires no assistance as he has no intention of staying locked up any longer. He demonstrates this by asking the guard to let him out. He then asks Karen to become his secretary and she agrees to do so without a moment's pause.

    Murdock pursues Killgrave as Daredevil. As soon as the Purple Man espies the masked hero, he tries to persuade him that he is merely a tourist, not the Purple Man, convincing the crowds of people around him, though not Matt, whose powers seem to be protecting him against Killgrave's influence. However, the Purple Man is not fazed and asks the crowd to attack Daredevil whilst he escapes with Karen.

    Whilst Matt returns to Nelson and Murdock and a distraught Foggy, the Purple Man visits a gym and manipulates the strong men working out within to be his bodyguards. Killgrave then takes over the top floor of a luxury hotel and now feels unbeatable.

    Matt feels that Killgrave has broken no laws as he has merely requested people to acquiesce to his demands and so decides to use a tape recorder concealed within his billy club to obtain a confession from him about his powers. As Daredevil Matt easily defeats the Purple Man's minions. However, Killgrave takes Karen to the top of the hotel and orders her to jump off. Daredevil arrives just in time and surrenders to the Purple Man to prevent Karen jumping to her death.

    Matt then asks Killgrave about how he got his powers. Killgrave reveals that he was a spy who was covered in purple nerve gas in a botched operation and this gave him his ability. Having caught his confession on tape, Daredevil attacks the Purple Man and takes Karen to safety.

    Confronting Killgrave once again in a crowd, Daredevil quickly covers him with a chemically treated plastic sheet that seems to absorb his ability to influence others. Killgrave is then arrested.


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    The Best Issue of Daredevil Yet 0

    The fourth issue of Daredevil is even better than the one before. Joe Orlando has really upped his game on the artwork. There are still a few panels here and there that seem less than great, but overall, there's more good artwork in this issue than any previous issue. Daredevil's movements look so fluid and dynamic in most of the panels that you can really visualize exactly how he's executing every punch, leap, and judo throw.Stan Lee's writing of Daredevil as a hero-in-progress is also nice. Ju...

    3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

    Finding Footing 0

     In this issue we meet the Purple Man. His strange skin gives him the power of suggestion over those who can see him.   This is probably the best of the Daredevil books up to this point. Stan writes an interesting villain, and almost uses him to full effect.  There is a moment of the Purple Man doing something out of character because the script calls for it.    This gives the beginning of the book a false and forced feeling to the story.  Yet as the book continues, the story becomes better.  Jo...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

    Daredevil No4 0

    The debut of what would become a great villian much, much later.  However, I have to confess that I was a little disappointed with the first appearance of the Purple Man.  His connection to DD, first up, seemed quite contrived.  Purple Man uses his powers of suggestion to rob a bank and then meekly allows himself to be arrested, rather than tell the police officers they're after the wrong man (which he does later in the book).  This allows Matt Murdock to be his lawyer and hence set up the drama...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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