This is Past Was Close Behind, a feature that spotlights moments, exchanges, etc. from older comics that take on a brand new light when read in concert with later comic books or events. Basically, stuff that looks hilarious in hindsight.
Today, based on a suggestion from reader Aaron O., we look at an amusing reference by Matt Murdock's girlfriend, Heather Glenn, when the two lovers made a brief cameo in an old issue of Iron Fist!
At the end of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's run on Daredevil, Matt Murdock found himself under arrest. It was one heck of a cliffhanger that Bendis and Maleev left for the incoming creative team, Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark, to handle (do note, as I've pointed out in an old Comic Book Legends Revealed, that Bendis made sure that Brubaker was okay with the cliffhanger first. If Brubaker had objected, Bendis would have wrapped things up during his run).
The confusing thing is that the first issue of the Brubaker and Lark run opened up with...Daredevil fighting crooks?!?
But oops, no, Brubaker and Lark didn't forget about the cliffhanger - Matt Murdock is behind bars still!
So there is an impostor fighting crime dressed as Daredevil!
As you might imagine, this was a problem for Matt Murdock. Imagine being stuck in prison when who knows is out there impersonating you!
The other Daredevil even joined Captain America's Secret Avengers during Civil War...
Finally, after Matt Murdock escaped from prison in a daring jail break with the Punisher (later shown to be the Punisher taking Matt "hostage" so that Matt could get away from being charged for his escape from prison), the real Daredevil hunted down the fake Daredevil and they had themselves a bit of a brawl...
Things got really intense....
leading to a shocking revelation...
Yep, Danny Rand, Iron Fist, was filling in for Daredevil while Matt was in prison. Danny thought he was helping Matt through some plausible deniability angle, but Matt correctly noted that Foggy Nelson would never do something so unethical...
It turned out to be a whole deal involving the Kingpin's wife.
But anyhow, the important thing is that Iron Fist filled in as Daredevil for quite a while.
That, then, makes it amusing when you look back at Iron Fist #11 (by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Dan Adkins) and Matt Murdock and his girlfriend of the time, Heather Glenn, see Iron Fist in action and Heather notes that Iron Fist moves like he could be Daredevil!
Pretty funny bit in hindsight! Heather was just a couple of decades off!
Thanks for the suggestion, Aaron!
If anyone else has a suggestion for some hilarious in hindsight stuff, let me know by dropping me a line at email@example.com!