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Justice Must Be Blind If Kesel and Nord's Daredevil Run Isn't Collected

This feature is called "Almost Hidden." Even with this large amount of comic books that have been collected in trade paperbacks, there are still a number of great comic books that have never been reprinted in print (I'd say roughly 60% of them are DC Comics from the 1980s through the mid-1990s). So in this feature I spotlight different cool comic books that are only available as back issues.

Reader Stephen M. wrote in to suggest Karl Kesel and Cary Nord's run on Daredevil (Daredevil #353-364). I'm sure others have suggested that well over the years, as it really is ridiculous that it has not been collected. It feels like every Daredevil run has been collected over the years except for this one!

EDITED TO ADD: REJOICE! It's still hidden, but it WILL be collected in June! Huzzah! Thanks to J. David Weter and ManWithoutFear.com for filling me in on the happy news!

Daredevil was coming off some SERIOUS lean time when Kesel took over the book. In an attempt to compete with the "kewl" comics of the 1990s, they "killed off" Matt Murdock, with Matt taking the name Jack Batlin and becoming a sort of con man while still remaining Daredevil. Then he sort of went nuts and the comics got super dark there for a while until Matt worked through a nervous breakdown with the help of Karen Page (who was reunited with her "dead" ex-boyfriend) and Foggy Nelson, who found out Matt's secret identity for the first time.

Kesel, then, wanted to take the book in a whole different direction. You could tell from the first page of his first issue...

Come on, that's an AMAZING first page for a run, right?

Cary Nord and Matt Ryan were a heck of a team. After that brilliant opening page, the full scene shows Kesel's new take on Daredevil, where he is really embracing the DAREDEVIL aspect of his name, bringing a swashbuckling flair to the series...

Kesel was the writer who had to deal with the aftermath of Foggy's new place in Matt's life as his secret identity confidant....

Foggy and Matt are then given an offer from a major firm led by a famous lawyer named Rosalind Sharpe...

It wasn't until just this second that I remembered that we didn't know right away that she was Foggy's mother. Well, I mean, we all obviously know it, but you know what I mean, they actually kept that a secret at first.

In the second issue, Kesel brilliantly brings in Liz Allan Osborn as a new love interest for Foggy...

This was such a breath of fresh air after the dour stories that preceded these issues (although there were some good stories mixed in there, with J.M. DeMatteis and Warren Ellis doing their best with their very limited set-up).

Karl Kesel's run on Daredevil is mostly remembered for being more upbeat than your typical Daredevil run (until Mark Waid, of course), but it was not like Kesel did not know how to tell a nice, noir tale, as well.

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