Thursday, October 15, 2015

This will make such a good episode, in the fourth season or so.


Wow, I think it's been a couple of years since I blogged an issue of Daredevil, and today we're covering one...two issues from the last one we checked out! From 1989, Daredevil #268, "Golden Rut" Written by Ann Nocenti, pencils by John Romita Jr, inks by Al Williamson.

After Typhoid Mary and Inferno (the crossover, not...somebody) nearly did him in, and after cheating on Karen Page and breaking her heart, Daredevil is in just slightly better shape than the last time we saw him, and has recently left New York. Walking the earth like a bum Caine in Kung Fu, Matt stops at a bed and breakfast in a small town...possibly because with his heightened senses, he can hear the couple within and their troubles. Possibly because they take up the bulk of the issue...

The husband, Raymo, has a nightmare, about his childhood dog, Queenie, who had to have a leg amputated: he worries that she never forgave him for that. His older brother Hank says she was just a dog, and it didn't matter. But Hank isn't the sort to feel a lot of sympathy, since he's a loan shark, and is trying to get Raymo to crack some skulls, break some legs, whatever he needs to do to collect from those deadbeats. Outside in a tree, Daredevil listens to the brothers' conversation, taking mental notes for later...

As Raymo broods about his upcoming "collection," DD pays Hank a visit, using his earlier words against him. Oh, and putting his head in a noose. After finding their "bank" is funded by the Kingpin--or at least jumping to that conclusion--Daredevil leaves him hanging, perched on a stool. Meanwhile, Raymo can't bring himself to beat a "client," and instead tells him he's quitting. The next day, Raymo's wife gets a call that Hank's "closing down the business" and leaving town for a while. Matt chides himself to "stop eavesdropping, it's so rude" as he heads down the road...

It would be over a year before Daredevil would return to New York City, although few of those stories were as down-to-earth as this one: most featured characters like Blackheart, Ultron, and the Inhumans. This issue's cover has DD holding the noose, and it's as solid as the interior. Get it.

1 comment:

Dale Bagwell said...

Ha! They could make a whole series just off this premise of DD being an ease dropping peeping tom. Now that'd be both funny and creepy to enjoy;)

That being said, this wasn't a bad stretch for DD, giving some much-needed breathing room for the same old, same old for awhile there.