50 Greatest Daredevil Stories: #35-31

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 five stories on the countdown!


35. "Daredevil makes a sacrifice to stop the Sons of the Serpent" (Daredevil Vol.3 #31-36)

The third volume of Daredevil came to a close with this elaborate storyline that involved the Sons of the Serpent going underground, infiltrating various levels of the New York government, police and legal establishments. The Jester, working for the group, incites the city into racial violence before Daredevil manages to stop them. Daredevil also manages to cut them off at the pass when they try to get their grubby, racist hands on the Darkhold. However, when it all came down to it, they seemed poised to defeat Daredevil with nothing more than, well, blackmail, as they try to force him to work for them...

They don't know who they're messing with, though, as Matt Murdock decides to call their bluff in a dramatic moment that led to a brand new volume of Daredevil. This story arc was written by Mark Waid and drawn by Chris Samndee, Javier Rodriguez and Alvaro Lopez (the first two working together on roughly half of the issues and the second two working together on the other half).

34. "...And a Blind Man Shall Lead Them!" (Fantastic Four #39-40)

This is really better known as "The Battle for the Baxter Building," but I'll go with the title for the first part of this epic two-parter because, well, it spotlights Daredevil better (as this IS his countdown, after all). So the Fantastic Four have been rendered powerless and Reed Richards is working on some ways to simulate their powers so that they can continue to fight crime. But wouldn't you know it, this is just the time that Doctor Doom chose to invade and take over the Fantastic Four's headquarters! Luckily, the Fantastic Four's attorney, Matt Murdock, was visiting because Reed wanted to go over what would happen if they were all to die (since they were about to try to remain superheroes without their powers). When Doom attacks, Matt turns into Daredevil and helps lead the Fantastic Four against Doom, since he has experience fighting without fancy superpowers (although, of course, he DOES have superpowers, so it is a bit of an odd point)...

Daredevil takes on Doom one on one in the second part! The Fantastic Four take on a bigger role as they get their powers back (including one of the most famous Thing/Doom fights). The story was written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby with art by Jack Kirby, Frank Giacoia and Vince Colletta.

33. "The Omega Effect" (Avenging Spider-Man #6, Punisher Vol.2,456 #10 and Daredevil Vol.3 #11)

Daredevil is in the possession of one of the greatest pieces of blackmail in the history of blackmail, an omega drive containing the information of all the major supercrime families. Well, naturally, they all want to kill him and get the information. He has an idea of keeping it from them and ends up enlisting the help of Spider-Man, the Punisher and Punisher's apprentice at the time, Rachel Cole-Alves.

However, during the implementation of the original plan, Rachel screws the pooch by deciding that the Omega Drive would be more valuable to her as she starts her life of punishing crime, so she betrays the other heroes and steals the drive. Daredevil tracks her down...

Great speech there by Waid. The three-part storyline was written by Mark Waid and Greg Rucka with art by Marco Checchetto.

Read on to the next page for #32-31!

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