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Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we continue our look at what is most likely the greatest Daredevil story ever told, Born Again, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. It might last longer than a week, as there are a lot of cool moments, and they just keep coming with greater frequency as the series continues its slow build towards the ending.
Okay, so when we last saw our hero, Matt Murdock’s life has just been ruined by the Kingpin due to information acquired from drug dealers in Miami from Karen Page, former girlfriend of Matt Murdock and current drug addict. Murdock thought everything was just a terrible coincidence until Kingpin blew up his apartment. Now he is extremely unhinged, but he at least knows that the Kingpin is behind it all.
So in a state of practically insanity along with not being in the best physical condition exactly (he hasn’t been sleeping, etc.), Matt decides to confront the Kingpin directly. He’s been dreaming of beating the Kingpin nearly to death all issue long, figuring that he will FORCE the Kingpin to give him his life back.
We intermix their encounter with Karen’s determination that she will travel to New York to get help from Matt, the one person she can trust (even though she has, you know, royally screwed him over).
This then leads to perhaps the best exchange in this series (there are so many, though, it’s hard to pick just one), as the Kingpin sits back and waits to hear about all the gory details of his plan to not only murder Murdock, but to frame him for murder at the same time.
Only, once again, Miller manages to end a tale that is filled with terrible things with an ending that, while still awful, keeps ringing with a sense of almost triumph. To be able to do that in back to back issues is quite striking – he manages to keep the downward spiral going while still giving readers hope for the future.
Mazzucchelli, of course, continues to shine on art.
But wow, “There is no corpse. There is no corpse.” So awesome. We’ll be revisiting that one soon.
And remember, just like the other week-long series, please keep your commentary to either this specific moment or very general comments of the storyline, as we have at least six more moments to get to, and we don’t want to spoil them, do we?
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