Johnny Bullet
Marvel Comics
Daredevil # 99
By Herve St-Louis

September 14, 2007 - 01:56

Publisher(s): Marvel Comics
Writer(s): Ed Brubaker
Penciller(s): Michael Lark
Inker(s): Stefano Gaudino

Daredevil # 99

Murdock is called to task by police officers about the recent surge of violence in New York. So as Daredevil, he investigates the trail of violence and falls in something he cannot handle. Elsewhere, Milla, Murdock’s wife, goes to his office, waiting for him to show up, after the attack both suffered the previous night. But Milla is not herself, endangering the life of others.

The manipulation of Milla is over the top. That she would threaten to kill someone like she did in the subway system stretches logic. There are too many pieces of data to be assembled together for such a canvas to become real. But Brubaker shows that Murdock is a jerk, leaving his wife home after going through so much trauma the night before. Again, that Daredevil could be shamed into investigating crimes he is not responsible for, stretches logic. Why won’t New York’s police do their own work, trying to stop the crime wave? There’s only so much one can expect Daredevil to do.

Lark’s work continues to be gritty but effective. I find that some of the panels lack details due to the inking technique used. For example, it is difficult to read the face of the thugs in the warehouse, in the first panels, but their faces become clearer and even change a bit in the close up.

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