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Daredevil: Ultimate Brubaker Collection vol 1

Daredevil: Ultimate Brubaker Collection vol 1 back

Ed Brubaker, & Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudiano, David Aja


Page 45 Review by Publisher Blurb

Can I please implore all this series' readers to try a copy of GOTHAM CENTRAL as well? You'll love it. Here I'm just going to reprint the preview, whilst adding that the cast of Matt's mortal enemies that I give away below is incomplete. Two others will join him for a prison riot like no other. Oh, yes, they're very big guns: one gets himself incarcerated on purpose, whilst the other doesn't even need a gun in order to hit his target...

If I was to name this book, I'd call it "Immaculate Deception". Not only was Bendis' act virtually impossible to follow, the hole he left Murdock/Daredevil in was going to be almost impossible to extract him from. So, guess what? Brubaker hasn't: he's dug the sucker deeper.

Thrown in jail for crimes he did commit (blind attorney Matt Murdock is Daredevil, he did commit perjury by defending someone masquerading as himself in court...), Murdock has to somehow survive a penitentiary full of people he's put there whilst still pretending he's blind and defenceless, without all the heightened senses of smell, touch and hearing that are currently overwhelming him in this bedlam of anger and violence. To make matters worse, the authorities have ensured that he's in the open pool with no special protection, and that Hammerhead, The Owl and The Kingpin are in there with him. Against his fervent advice, though, his beleaguered law partner Foggy Nelson refuses to give up on him and refuses to stop visiting.

He should have listened to Matt. Because, helpless in his cell, Matt now hears Foggy mercilessly assaulted and slaughtered. He hears every blow, he hears every scream, he hears Foggie's heartbeat slow down then stop. With his oldest friend dead, Matt's insatiable fury threatens to get the better of him as he strives to find out who did it and why, and the allies he chooses turn him into everything he hates.

For once I don't mind giving a key moment away because that is just the starting point in a book crammed with stunners, both inside and outside the jail, huge twists, personal grudges that will play their way out, and Lark -- Lark is just formidable. Superb sense of claustrophobia and danger throughout. Perfect pacing.
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