Matt Murdock’s life is still miserable.
Title: Daredevil Vol. 9: King of Hell’s Kitchen
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrator(s): Alex Maleev
Original Publication Date: The first of five issues
(#56-60) in the storyline
is dated March 2004. The trade paperback is
Cover Price: $13.99 US
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Past comic reviews can be found here.
Matt Murdock has to deal with the ramifications of
taking over as the
Kingpin of Hell’s Kitchen.
“You’re really good at this.” A perfect line that
sums up a great
A year? That doesn’t work. They keep repeating over
and over again
that there was a year between declaring himself
Kingpin and this
story. My problem is this: at the end of
Jones is three months pregnant. Daredevil has been
outed, but he’s
not the Kingpin yet. In this story, Jessica is still
That’s not a year later. Four or five months would
have been enough
for these things to happen, and I think it would have
had a greater
impact if that were the timeline instead of the
obviously broken one
The only way to fix this now is if Jessica get
pregnant again shortly
after giving birth to her first child.
Bendis’ work on this title has never felt like the
stuff. He still gets originality credit for
that’s happening with Milla and Urich. The actual
similar to what got Murdock into this mess, but it’s
character needed, so it’s hard to hold that against
him. I give it 4
out of 6.
The artwork is still Maleev. It’s got the
gritty feel, but
not the clarity. I give it 3 out of 6.
The story is well executed with the
exception of that time
frame. I would be more forgiving about that, but it
must have been
mentioned seven or eight times, usually repeatedly in
a short span of
conversation. We just kept getting beaten over the
head with it. I
give it 4 out of 6.
The characterization is where Bendis does
his best work. All
of the characters seem quite clear and very realistic
behaviour. Rereading this gives me more hope for
Avengers than the current Chaos story
Avengers does. I give it 6 out of 6.
The emotional response is very strong in the
end. At first,
the time frame grates, but they do stop talking about
and the last two issues are just packed with the
kinds of things I
read Daredevil for. I give it 5 out of 6.
The flow suffered from unclear art, and from
spelling mistakes. Using “hoped” instead of “hopped”
wasn’t too bad,
but spelling Ben Urich’s name wrong (Uhrich)
practically leaps off the
page. I give it 3 out of 6.
Overall, it’s a decent collection. If
you’ve enjoyed the
previous volumes by these creators, pick it up, and
“one year” with “five months” every time it comes up.
I give it 4 out
In total, Daredevil Vol. 9: King of Hell’s
29 out of 42.
Additional Notes and Comments
The Black Widow storyline recently wrapped up. I’ll
have that review
done before the trade comes out next month.