"Battling Jack," begins when baby Matthew enters Jack Murdock's life and the series concludes with Jack's eventual death. The story unfolds all over New York City. "The action runs from Hell's Kitchen to Madison Square Garden--and a few points in between," Simons told CBR News.
The star of "Battling Jack" is a man who dreams for something better and is constantly struggling against the undertow of his violent life. "Jack works in a world where his fists are his only currency," Simons explained. "Although he wants a better life for Matt, Jack's work as a mob enforcer constantly eats away at his soul. He's a moral man in an immoral world, and he makes compromises to take care of his son.
"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and like his son, Matthew --who grew up to become both a lawyer and a vigilante -- Jack Murdock was a man of extraordinary contradictions," Simons continued. "As a mob heavy, Jack worked a trade where his fists were his primary tools, but he saw a better life for his son through education, and he raised Matthew as a bookworm, forbidding him from fighting under any circumstances."
Daredevil fans may think they know all there is to know about the early portion of Matt Murdock's life but "Battling Jack" promises to shed new light on the events of the Man Without Fear's formative years. "From his work as a mob enforcer to the accident which blinded Matthew to his last fight, this story will be told from Jack's point of view, illuminating this tragic and compelling figure in the Marvel Universe and the amazing legacy he left behind," Simons stated.
Jack's opponents and allies in the series will include a multitude of familiar faces. "From Maggie to Josie to Turk and The Fixer, you'll be seeing a lot of the key characters that have played essential parts in Daredevil's mythology."
Readers of "Daredevil: Battling Jack Murdock" will see the beginnings of the Daredevil mythology from a new light in a tale that promises to be both thrilling and poignant. "It's got a very pulp feel to it," Simons stated. "But at the core of our story is the relationship between a father and his son, which is a great theme that Carmine and Zeb are really tapping into."