In honor of the Daredevil’s brand-new TV series, we’re counting down your picks for the fifty greatest Daredevil stories.
Here are the next ten stories on the countdown!
20. “Gangwar!” (Daredevil #170-172)
Frank Miller and Klaus Janson introduce a number of momentous additions to the world of Daredevil with this storyline. This is the first time that Daredevil ever met Wilson Fisk, as Miller successfully adopts the Kingpin as part of the Daredevil mythos so smoothly that it feels like the character was ALWAYS there, and not just added to the book nearly twenty years into the series’ run. In additon, Bullseye becomes Kingpin’s head assassin in this story, which is about the Kingpin fighting a gang war to take back control of New York City’s organized crime. Daredevil is particularly haunted by Bullseye’s involvement in this war (he is fighting for the other side), since Daredevil recently saved Bullseye’s life, so to see him go right back to killing is truly nightmarish for Matt.
The Kingpin was sucked back in when his opponents kidnapped his wife, in an attempt to take him out. He stops them, but at the same time, his wife is seemingly killed. Check out how Fisk deals with his foes (as well as a surprise traitor)…
Man, Miller sure knows how to lay out a page, doesn’t he?
The story ends with a Daredevil/Bullseye confrontation that has an interesting ending, as Miller fully explores the grey nature of Daredevil’s interactions with the Kingpin in this story.
19. “Parts of a Hole” (Daredevil Vol.2 #9-15)
Written by David Mack with artwork by Joe Quesada, David Ross, Rob Haynes and Jimmy Palmiotti, this story introduced Maya Lopez, a deaf woman who Matt falls for, giving his life some new meaning in the wake of Karen Page’s murder. However, what he doesn’t know is that Maya Lopez has been manipulated by the Kingpin into believing that Daredevil murdered her father. Decked out as the vigilante Echo (she has a big white handprint on her face, to echo the bloody handprint her father left as he died), she has photographic reflexes, similar to the villain Taskmaster. So she can echo anyone’s skills that she studies. She is also a highly trained athlete, so that allows her to implement the skills she studies. So when she takes on Daredevil, it is tough for Matt, as he instantly recognizes her (she isn’t exactly wearing much of a disguise), so how does he handle fighting the woman who he has fallen for?
Joe Quesada did a wonderful job on the art for the issues he did for this story.
18. “Child’s Play” (Daredevil #183-184)
In a lot of ways, the hook in this story is the fact that Matt Murdock’s senses have led him astray. Not knowing that a bad guy has a pacemaker, Matt believes him when he lies about being a drug dealer. So when the Punisher starts hunting the guy down, Daredevil is going out of his way to save the bad guy. In the end, Daredevil realizes the truth but still values life enough to protect the bad guy from the Punisher, leading to an epic showdown – will Daredevil shoot the Punisher to STOP the Punisher?
This was a controversial two-parter about drugs in schools that was originally supposed to appear before Miller even began his original run on Daredevil, but Marvel held up over fears about the Comics Code.
Read on to the next page for #17-14!
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