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The Wrong Side: Daredevil vs. the Avengers

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In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn’t won the “right” way). This really isn’t a big deal, of course, as it doesn’t really matter if the “wrong” person won a fight. But it’s fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

Today, based on a suggestion from David P., we take a look at Daredevil taking out the Avengers…

As always, the first page spotlights their power levels and the second page examines the fight itself.

And as always, the first question we need to ask is…

How did these people do when they fought Spider-Man?

First off, let’s look at Daredevil. In Amazing Spider-Man #287 (by Christopher Priest, Erik Larsen and Art Nichols), they tussle and while Spider-Man is clearly the winner of the fight, DD holds his own…





As for the Avengers, however, the team at hand is Captain America, Beast, Black Widow and Hercules. Let’s not even show how Spider-Man has done against that specific team (mostly because I don’t believe he has ever fought that specific team), but let’s just look at how he did against ONE of those Avengers, Hercules, in the Assault on New Olympus Prologue one-shot from a few years back by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente and Rodney Buchemi…







As you can see, just ONE of those Avengers is a formidable foe, but ALL FOUR of them?

And yet, let’s see how Daredevil does…

The issue in question, Daredevil #155, is notable in the fact that it was the book that drove penciler Frank Robbins (here inked by Frank Springer) from comic books entirely, as he retired after this issue (originally the beginning of an ongoing run on the book) was disastrously received (as detailed in this Comic Book Legends Revealed).

So anyhow, in the issue (written by Roger McKenzie), Daredevil is suffering from mysterious headaches that cause him to lash out at people. He discovers that his old flame, Black Widow, has returned to the Avengers (she and Hercules came back during the Korvac Saga – they did not stick around TOO long, as Agent Gyrich forced a roster reduction a few issues later). This, for some reason, sends him into a rage, so he breaks into Avengers Mansion and proceeds to kick the asses of Beast, Captain America and Hercules…




and then the next issue, he is about to do the same to Black Widow before he passes out on his own…






I think this one is pretty straightforward, right? I don’t think he should do that well against the Avengers, and especially not that easily.

Thanks for the suggestion, David! If anyone else has a suggestion, feel free to drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com!