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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 120

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.

Enjoy!

In Daredevil #231, we see a rejuvenated Matt Murdock slowly begin his ascent back to being a hero again.

First, he rescues Ben Urich (and Ben’s wife) from an attack by Kingpin’s enforcer (that’s how good Born Again is – the scene where Matt saves them is awesome, but I don’t see how I have enough room to feature it).

Later, he shows up to foil a plot by the Kingpin to have a psycho in a Daredevil costume murder Foggy Nelson (Kingpin doesn’t know he has a chance for two birds with one stone, as Karen Page was staying with Foggy at the time).

Beyond a memorable psycho villain, this scene is also marked by some great storytelling by Mazzucchelli and, of course, that dramatic last page, which I would easily count as “the” moment here, as we see that while Karen Page might need Matt Murdock, Matt Murdock sure as hell needs Karen Page just as much!

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I was never a huge fan of Karen’s, but between seeing how messed up David depicted her in these pages, her desperate attempt at redemption, and Matt’s last minute save, I couldn’t help but want for them to stay together. But, alas: Karen. Elektra. Heather. Glorianna. What IS it with all of Matt’s women, anyway?

Didn’t feel bad for that goon coaching the “evil” DD, though. My favorite scene in this issue remains Ben’s discovery of his wife just after we see the nurse knocking on her door. Matt’s arrival was just the icing on the cake there. Man, did I feel for Ben in this one. And it wasn’t over yet by far.

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 1, 2009 at 5:23 am

I don’t know if you’re finished with Born Again as there’s two more issues left.

The end of that storyline is also really good too with Captain America guest-starring, and I normally don’t like CA. Miller really used CA well in this storyline.

I almost forgot about “Verbal” there. I can’t remember offhand what his name was, but rereading it made me realise how ridiculous (deliberately) some of his dialogue was.

Personally, I like “cleaned up” Karen. I believe it was DeMatteis who put them back together? I never liked how Karen Page was taken out of the picture. DD’s life doesn’t need get turned upside down every 6 months.

Is that the same guy who once describe Daredevil as being “like a man repossessed?”

one of the haunting moments of the story . for Karen falling so low that she risks a bullet for her junk only to finaly say no more and matt letting her cry in his arms. showing why they belonged together but not ment to be .

Brian,

I have to congratulate you on an outstanding job – I know you had said earlier that you were struggling with how to fit Born Again into this format and it’s been perfect so far. I recently re-read the issues covered in today and yesterday’s installments and couldn’t work out how you’d do it, but your re-presentation of both issues has greatly enhanced my appreciation.

Despite having read and re-read this series A LOT, I had never really noticed how each issue ends with a redemptive moment until you highlighted it here. Until yesterday I had never really noticed the detail of the conversation happening around Ben Urich in the Bugle bullpen, and today I was somehow struck for the first time by DD’s amazing move with the icicle and that this is the moment where karen gives up heroin (which is obviously unbelievable, but I guess not in a world where a blind man can target a gunman with a billy club with pinpoint accuracy).

Thanks for this.

I don’t really see that moment as Karen “giving up” heroin. I see it as her being so shocked by Matt’s appearance that she forgets about the needle.

It’s more like she’s giving up (or wanting to) one dependency for another. Throughout the storyline she was fixated on finding Matt so he could :save” her. Seeing her protector momentarily gives her the “fix” she needs.

My favorite scene from that issue was the pages immediately following, where Ben Urich runs through all the dead and arrested people at the seen, panel by panel, ending with the realization that Matt is back.

I’m really going to have to buy this now…

I really would like to know: with all the outpouring of love for Born Again, what do people think of the story that was later written to… not undo, that’s not what I’d like to say… not complete… follow up on it? Close it? Last Rites, where Daredevil finally gets his life back and deposes the Kingpin. Good? Bad? Indifferent?

Matt kicking his way through door is also pretty awesome too.

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