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Daredevil: End of Days #4 - Part Four Review

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Daredevil's nemesis winds up dead, but who actually killed him?

The Good

If you're looking for a dark, gritty story that will completely envelop you in its dialogue and incredibly detailed, dirty and raw art, then look no further than the latest issue of DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS #4. Daredevil is presumed dead -- at least that's what detective Ben Urich thinks. In the fourth issue of the series the man who supposedly killed Daredevil has turned the gun upon himself and he too, like Daredevil, left a clue. Or rather, several. Mapone: one simple word that has left Urich scratching his head not knowing what it means. It's also a door that will likely lead to a lot more action, suspense and mystery.

This is an absolutely phenomenal issue. Although the issue has various different artists working together, they pull it off brilliantly and their artistic styles blend together to deliver a very gritty, in your face comic book. Klaus Janson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Alex Maleev and Matt Hollongsworth team up to bring readers a stunning book that really captures the grittiness of the tone that Writer Brian Bendis is trying to convey.

The way the story progresses is great. The writer doesn't show the reader all of his cards at once, he instead lures readers into the story gradually by creating a mysterious air around the story and its characters. The result is an issue that will completely immerse you and leave you wanting more. And although you are getting one story from Urich's perspective, the artists also leave readers with several clues. It's great to see writer and artist work together to tell an interesting story.

The Bad

Nothing bad here. This is a great, interesting and very different kind of comic book that will appeal to readers looking for a darker, edgier Daredevil story.

The Verdict

I like how finite everything is in this series -- particularly in this issue. It's interesting to see Bendis write a story that gives him the ability to be flexible and do crazy things because he knows his story is outside of continuity. He is able to freely push characters and stories to their limits and he clearly does that here, and it's very entertaining to see. This issue also has some really beautiful art. It's definitely a more mature title, dealing with more mature themes and issues, but it's a great read if you're looking for something a bit darker. The way the story progresses is also really great and it is really well structured and organized. I don't recommend starting the series with this issue, however. If you want to read this series, I suggest starting with issue #1.

11 Comments
Posted by Trevel8182

Another great issue.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

I'm loving this series.

Posted by JamDamage

I just jumped on comicvine for the first time today and it's already 9:30 in the p.m. and I'm astounded to see that there are only 2 more comments before the one I'm writing. That tells me a few things. Not a lot of people are reading this series. Why? I don't know. The book is silly good. Daredevil made Bendis name. Daredevil with Bendis on it kind of made Daredevil get pretty damn big for a while so not seeing any comments just has me scratching my head. This series one of, if not the best book I've been reading since it started. It's a shame. I hope it gets the praise it deserves when it's finished. I can't see it ending in a way that's not going be great. This is a must buy. It's not a new title people need to buy either, it's a mini-series that deserves that extra few bucks that people can not afford but should spend anyway. Oh, and the art is terrific. I forget it's differant artists sharing the book because it blends so well.

Posted by HollowPrince665

I absolutely love this series and cannot wait to see where Bendis wants this to go. WHAT THE HELL IS MAPONE!? icgnfkavjsbfdngaknjas I love how we finally get to see what people think of Matt after the events of Shadowland and his return to New York. As much as I love Mark Waid's run so far, I am kind of left wondering "Does anyone really know that he's back and if so, does anyone care to really talk to him about what he did? Cap did but nothing has come of it". Again I love both this and MW's run so far. I am very excited to read more.

Posted by Icarus_Ashes
Not a single bad issue yet...
Posted by G_Money_Christmas

Awesome issue. I can't wait for the other 4 and to figure out what Mapone means! Ben Urich is a reporter, also... Not a detective.

Posted by Mucklefluga

Another amazing issue to a so far top quality mini-series.

Posted by daredevil21134

Too bad the regular series isn't this good

Posted by JamDamage

@daredevil21134: agreed

Posted by slvr4surfer

Mapone?! MAPOOOONE??? ...Mapooooone :(

Posted by KnightofSteel

Lovin this limited series. I wish the regular series was like this as I love a raw, dark and gritty Daredevil book otherwise -- to me -- it aint Daredevil.