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Daredevil: End of Days #1 - Part One

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Is this really the end of Daredevil? Bendis and Mack bring us a story with an outcome you might not expect.

The Good

We've seen end stories many times. They can be entertaining but rarely have a memorable feel when you finish. With Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack on board, who have worked on the character together for several issues, it's clear that this won't be just another imaginary/future story. From the first page, things get ugly. This won't be a walk in the park for Daredevil. Bendis and Mack deliver a brutal look at what the near future holds for the character. It's not pretty.

Looking at the cover and considering the title, you might have an idea where this is going to go. What's surprising is the quick direction the story takes. Having Ben Urich present to give his take on the events is fitting and necessary. Not having him here for this would be a crime.

The story isn't as cut and dry as you might think. As you read through, you see the layers beginning to unfold. What starts out as the downfall of a hero turns into a bigger mystery.

Klaus Janson's pencils along with Bill Sienkiewicz's finished art and paintings and Matt Hollingsworth's colors give this story a truly brutal feel. This is exactly the look this story deserves to have.

The Bad

The issues starts out with a heck of a kick. It slows down a bit as we get a retelling of Daredevil's story courtesy of Ben Urich. This is fine for readers who aren't completely familiar with the character or recent events but then they most likely wouldn't be reading this future tale. The art looks great during the flashback pages but just slows down the story with information we already know.

This story will leave you with a sinking feeling. That's the intention and a good sign that the writing accomplishes what it seeks out to do but be prepared.

The Verdict

These future stories telling the final days of a hero can be tough. No one wants to see their favorite heroes get demolished but if it's told with great writing, you can't help but get pulled into it. Bendis and Mack give a dark and brutal look at what's to come of Daredevil. It will leave a sinking feeling as you turn each page with Janson and Sienkiewicz's gritty art. These types of stories are often hit or miss but this one is a hit, as in a hit on the back of your head with a brick. It will leave you reeling as you cringe at what Daredevil's future may hold for him. Just when you think you have the series figured out, a wrench comes flying your way to catch you by surprise. This is a heavy comic and it's exactly what you'd want from the series.

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MadeinBangladesh

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Edited By MadeinBangladesh

I saw it on the store. I Hate the art.

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I loved it.

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This issue was sooooo. Goooooooood.

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How can anyone actually prefer the DD we have now to this. one thing i disagree with even though it did not hurt my enjoyment of the book was that "Heroes dont kill" that is so much bs. First off by killing the kingpin he put the well being of the people in hells kitchen over his own reputation, which if that is not a hero i dont know what is because my heroes are people who put others first. Second (and yes I know this is the marvel universe and not the real world but still) we have soldiers who are out right now risking there lives and dieing for us, and them killing does not make them any less of a hero In fact it makes them more of one because they are willing to make the hard choices that many of us are willing to make. So to anyone out there who thinks superheroes should not kill and if they do they are not a hero, im calling you a coward because this world of even the marvel universe is not a black and white world where killing is wrong and not killing is heroic. Now I understand that not everyone wants to read those kind of stories which is totally ok, that is what great books like Super dinosaur and super man family adventures are for because the villains are not trying to kill a large number of people. I still like super hero comics, and to a degree get past this unrealistic dated mindset that 95% of marvel and DC "Heroes" have but still it bothers me that people see killing and not killing in black and white.

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Edited By slvr4surfer

I was hesitant to pick it up because of the art but the "dirty" look it has fits perfectly with story and you should give it a shot if you like Daredevil (or not...I ain't the boss of you).

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@G-Man I agree with you about the slow down in the flashbacks. After the gory beginning everything else seemed dreary and boring for me. I thought the art was done in a cool style, but oddly it didn't work for me either. It seemed almost too drab... which should be appropriate, but I just didn't dig it. I'll give it 3/5 for the concept, but I can't imagine this title holding my attention the way the Punisher's death did. Perhaps, that's part of the problem as well.

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I didn't think this was canon, but then I realised it's kind of like The Dark Knight Returns. It IS a possible, occuring timeline...it just might not happen.

Excellent issue, but far from making Waid's look bad, it simply highlighted why they're both amazing.

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I was absolutely blown away, can't wait for 2

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@MadeinBangladesh: Agreed, I was interested, but just couldn't get past the art... don't think I've ever been able to finish anything by Sienkiewicz.

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I agree with you this issue did have a great start but the way it went through all the rest of DD's life just made me feel slightly cheated. I understand it needs to be there for new readers but it took up half the issue, I hope the rest isn't like this as I expected this to be a good series. I also agree with the rating.

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This issue was totally awesome. 5/5

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Does anyone else get a Frank Miller feeling from this book?