A lot of very talented people have had a hand in creating this series and the product has definitely been worthy of the big names involved. Co-writers Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack have built an incredible story surrounding one of the most interesting comic book superheroes ever created. I believe that we are reading what will one day be considered one of the greatest Big 2 comics of this era.
As Ben Urich’s dogged pursuit of the truth leads him closer and closer to the bottom of the page, both metaphorically and literally, we are beginning to see what this story is all about. In two mores issues this mystery will be solved (or will it!?) and we’ll know for sure what kind of legacy Matt Murdock has left behind and the secret behind Mapone. As usual Mack and Bendis perfectly paced this installment and chocked it full of compelling dialogue and narration, and threw in a killer twist at the end for good measure.
The art of Daredevil End of Days evokes memories of a bygone era in comics. From the rough and gritty work of Klaus Janson, to the goregous splash pages provided by David Mack and Alex Maleev, this is truly a work of art. The main story takes on a rough edge to mirror the world in which the story is set. The vibrant Marvel Universe of today has been replaced with the bleak palette of Matt Hollingsworth and the heavy inks and finishes of Janson and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Finding out which characters get the special treatment of a jaw-dropping splash page is one of the best things about this series. Bill Sienkiewicz has provided some ridiculously compelling pages to this series but he takes a well earned break as David Mack steps up to the plate and handles a flashback sequence that couples great art with a compelling character moment. Two pages featuring a pair of villains by Daredevil veteran Alex Maleev are probably the visual highlight of the issue, my personal favourite was the Purple Man page. This is one of the most unique visual experiences in comics today.
Daredevil End of Days is simply one of the best stories of our time. It offers so many things that most Marvel and DC comics don’t anymore. Discover them for yourself and read this series!