By: Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack (Writers), Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz, David Mack (Artists), Matt Hollingsworth (Colorist)
The Story: Timmy, Ben Urich’s son, has to learn how to cope with his father’s death as he tries to piece out just what his old man had been working on.
The Review: How easily could everything have failed…With the scope of this series and just what everything Bendis and Mack tried to do here, it could have been a dud, yet this is some splendid stuff. In short, if you believe yourself to be a fan of either Daredevil or Brian Michael Bendis, you need to read this issue, plain and simple.
What we get here is a love letter to the whole mythology behind Daredevil, referencing the story of the character, the influential run that cemented what the character is about and just how it could very well have ended. Bendis and Mack do their best in bringing in what people loved about Daredevil and they succeed, taking risks such as killing arguably the most important characters in the mythos: Ben Urich and Matt Murdock themselves. Yes, Ben Urich is dead and the story is told with Timmy’s viewpoint, who has been revealed to be the new Daredevil, the one that had been trained by Matt himself.
With this angle, a lot of the characters that were either important in Daredevil’s life or to the Marvel universe comes out to contact Timmy, bringing many elements full circle in a way that feels thoroughly satisfying. Many characters, like Frank Castle, Peter Parker, Foggy Nelson, Nick Fury and others are here to pay tribute to the life of Ben Urich, but also to contribute to the story and its finale. As a conclusion to the story and to the life of Matt Murdock as Daredevil, it just works seamlessly, bringing some sense of closure, but also a continuation.
Indeed, Bendis made a smart choice in giving us an ending that resolved a lot of mysteries, yet that gave us a possible follow-up, indicating that the story of Timmy is not necessarily over yet. While I don’t believe that we’ll ever see a follow-up, it’s a nice touch as such an ending would make for a really nice continuation of the Daredevil mythos.
Another thing that Bendis does well here is the dialogue and the portrayal of Timmy. If there is a particular set of characters that Bendis writes really well, its young adults and teenagers, getting their drama, their angst and their dreams through their trials and tribulations. Timmy is no different here, as he interacts with people like Nick Fury and the Punisher, as he tries to make sense of just what his father died for and just what it might means to be Daredevil. In the span of a single issue, he becomes an actually compelling character that I’d be willing to follow, which is something that can be hard to do and that not many writers can pull off.
Of course, a lot of the emotional moments are pulled off with grace and talent by the artistic team that just goes out of their way to make this memorable. The great thing about their ordeal is that they have succeeded, with Klaus Janson and Bill Sienkiewicz pulling off the rough, yet detailed artwork they had pulled that accentuated the darker and more emotional aspects of the script with ease. Here, however, they are also helped by David Mack himself, who provides deceptively simple pages that renders Matt Murdoch interacting with Timmy himself in a way that makes him seems legendary. Those pages by Mack just add so much to the issue, it’s uncanny.
Matt Hollingsworth is also to be commended here, working closely with the tone given by Bendis and Mack to provide a tale full of sorrow, of mystery and darkness, yet strangely also with hope in some places. His colors accentuate a lot of what makes this comic look great, like the David Mack pages and the shadow work in key scenes that shows off the struggle Timmy is going through.
The Conclusion: This is a good conclusion that pays tribute to the fans of Daredevil and that should satisfy about anyone following this series with its clever angle and its stunning art. What Bendis, Mack, Janson, Sienkiewicz and Hollingsworth accomplish here is nothing short of amazing.
Hugo Robberts Larivière