Daredevil’s worst day? Wait until dark…
Johanna Draper-Carlson picks up on what was bugging me about this PR piece from Marvel about Daredevil #98:
Received in email under the subject line “Will Daredevil’s Wife Survive?”
Karen Page. Elektra. All the women Matt Murdock has loved have been violently taken from him, victims of unspeakable tragedies and in Daredevil #98, his wife Milla Donovan may be next! The Gladiator has returned, more enraged and brutal than ever, with one purpose in mind: making Matt Murdock suffer! With the defender of Hell’s Kitchen in police custody and the Gladiator alone with a terrified Milla, things aren’t looking good for the wife of Daredevil…and history isn’t on her side either. The penultimate chapter of “To The Devil, His Due” will have huge ramifications for Daredevil as he races towards the milestone Daredevil #100.
The Eisner-nominated team of Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, and Stefano Gaudiano continue to earn acclaim for their run on Daredevil. “Brubaker, Lark, and Gaudiano tell a gripping tale that moves at a frenetic pace,” said Richard Renteria of Newsarama.Com, who also praised the series as one “that never slows down the story and makes the reader feel as if they are in for the ride of their lives.” …
With his wife’s life in peril and seemingly no way to reach her, Daredevil may be headed for the worst day in life. One thing’s for sure—by the end of this issue, no one’s going to be the same!
Daredevil’s worst day? What about Milla’s? Oh, don’t mind her, she’s not the title character, she’s just something to be fought over.
I really admire Marvel’s cahones… not only are they selling a book based on “the woman might die!”, they start off by pointing out how many times they’ve used the same plot point before with this character…. I can’t decide which is stupider, the tasteless emphasis on killing the wife or the repetitiveness of how stale this feels.
It is stale… in this case, it’s lifted straight out of Wait Until Dark, right down to Milla’s Audrey Hepburn-esque hairdo. But yes, as bad as it is for Jack Bauer, it’s not nearly as bad as it is for Teri Bauer. Remember her?