This Hardcover collects “Daredevil: King of Hell’s Kitchen” (Daredevil #56 to 60), ” Daredevil: The Widow” (Daredevil #61- 65) and 1971’s daredevil (V0l. 1) #81 in a well presented glossy hardback.
“Daredevil: King of Hell’s Kitchen” is a dark and grim book set where Daredevil has taken over as the Kingpin of Hells Kitchen and his superhero friends are deserting him. He is set upon by the Yakuza who are making a bid for Hells Kitchen and all hell breaks loose. Murdocks emotional meltdown continues to spiral out of control in this dramatic tale but he begins to fight back until he is hit by another emotional gut punch. Another great story by Bendis but let down for me by Maleev’s style of artwork.
” Daredevil: The Widow” returns Daredevil into some sort of super hero normality and in this story he is once again fighting alongside ex girlfriend and super Spy, the Black Widow. This is much more like your regular Superhero book and has a whole suite of superhero guest stars including Spiderman, Nick Fury and the Avengers. In this book Daredevil is matched against the disfigured “Jigsaw” and the black Widow is fighting for her life and freedom. Daredevil still rides a roller coaster of emotional turmoil in the arc but there is a lot more action. This is an excellent story by Bendis and it is less claustrophobic and more uplifting than his previous stuff. Unfortunately Maleev’s artwork did nothing for me again.
Daredevil #65 (40th Anniversary Special) is a real treat featuring as it does Brian Michael Bendis excellent story telling and a whole host of guests characters (including the Punisher) . The artists for this special are Michael Golden, Greg Horn, P. Craig Russell, Phil Hester, Chris Bachalo, Jae Lee, David Finch, Frank Quitely and Alex Maleev. Both the artwork and story are really good.
I also enjoyed reading the 70’s bonus issue although the style of writing and the art have dated qiute badly.
Despite my reservations about Alex Maleev’s artwork I still highly recommend this book if you can find a copy. [ISBN-13: 978-0785113423]. 8/10
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