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I’d Have Kept D-Man Sane

I think that D-Man was a fairly noble superhero who had some enjoyable stories during Mark Gruenwald’s Captain America run.

I do not think he would have made a very good Avenger, but I enjoyed the fact that Captain America asked him.

Later on, I thought it was interesting to see him become a hero for the homeless (although I did not like the way it was played for laughs in early issues of Avengers Volume 3).

Therefore, I think there is enough interesting stories in the idea of a superhero for the homeless that I would not have made D-Man the psycho he was made into during Brian Michael Bendis’ Daredevil run. It was an ignoble result for a noble hero.

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I actually disagree with this one. The characters are only as good as the stories they are used for. Bendis did a great story and used D-Man very effectively. A character who is not used may as well not exist.

D-Man was in Bendis’s Daredevil?

Andrew Collins

March 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm

It’s been awhile since I read the issues in question, but yes, Bendis did a story where everybody began blaming Daredevil for a jewelry store robbery, and it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. It was actually D-Man (remember when he was called Demolition Man?)who had robbed the store and was mistaken for DD because of his similar costume. D-Man was living in the sewers and was played as slightly deranged in the story. DD, I believe, takes him to get help after clearing his own name. (Someone can correct me if I can incorrectly remembering the story’s resolution…)

It was an effective story, I think, and personally I thought it helped cast D-Man in a sympathetic light after several years of him being essentially played for laughs or being written off entirely by both Marvel’s writers and its superhero characters…

“D-Man was in Bendis’s Daredevil?”

HAHA! I had the same reaction and I just read Bendis’ entire Daredevil run a few months ago. I have almost no recollection of that story at all. Early in the run? Though, I don’t have too much familiarity with D-man in general except for the odd issue of Cap.

That was in the Pulse, not Daredevil.

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