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Daredevil: Dark Nights #5 (On the side of life Spoilers)

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Postby Punchy » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:46 am

This two-parter from David Lapham has been a heck of a lot of fun. The plot here was pretty simple. After seeing his cousin be murdered by the mob at the end of the last issue, ‘Buggit’ snaps, and straps a bomb to his chest, intent on killing the Mob Boss who orchestrated these events.

This once again means that Daredevil has to chase after the tiny little dude, in the middle of an Avengers battle against a big, Kirbyesque monster. It sounds simple, and it is, but Lapham does a good job at complicating things, and bringing up Daredevil’s ethics and commitment to the law. In order to stop Buggit, Daredevil is forced into protecting a criminal he knows has caused all of this, and it raises plenty of questions about what the right thing for our hero to do is. Plus, it was fun seeing Daredevil get caught in a big Avengers battle, and even just to see the old, Amazing Spider-Man for a few panels.

It was clever how Lapham has the Kirby Monster appear early on, and then leaves it until right at the end, where I at least, had just about forgotten about it. Daredevil manages to talk Buggit down and save the day, but the Mob Boss is able to get away scott-free, as the man who could incriminate him is dead, but just as he’s driving away, the Kirby Monster is felled by the Avengers, and crushes his car, which was just a great ending. I always like stories where the Marvel Universe craziness intrudes on more realistic, street-level stories, and this was a great example of that.

Throw in Daredevil once again taking out the Shocker (poor Shocker, what with this and Superior Foes, he’s had a bad week) and this is just a fun story. It’s not quite as crazy as Lapham can sometimes get, but it was a strong Daredevil story with good writing and art. The final 3 issues of this mini-series are set to feature Daredevil and Misty Knight in Miami, which should be a heck of a lot of fun indeed. Lee Weeks and Dave Lapham have already impressed me, let’s see what Jimmy Palmiotti and Thony Silas can do.

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