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Daredevil #254
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May 12th, 2013 by Rusty

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Daredevil #254 cover

Daredevil #254

Date: May 1988
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: 75¢
2013 Price Range: $1.00 – $8.00
Stats: 31 color pages plus Bullpen Bulletins and ads
Writer: Ann Nocenti
Artists: John Romita Jr, Al Williamson, Joe Rosen, Max Scheele
Notable Notes: Origin and 1st appearance of Typhoid Mary!

Another of Daredevil’s Crazy Girlfriends!

So, after reviewing Daredevil #168 (which includes the origin and 1st appearance of Elektra) I was in the mood to try another of Daredevil’s femme fatale firsts: Typhoid Mary! By the way, did you know there was a real Typhoid Mary? Yep, poor lady! I’m not sure how much she influenced this comic book version – but I’ll let you know as I get more into the storyline. Anyway, I remember when this comic book hit the stands – and although I didn’t read it then I figured it was high time to give it a try. I actually enjoyed it quite a bit! Here are my thoughts about it…

Synopsis:

There’s a new female in town and she is mean! She’s been busting up the Kingpin’s drug houses and taking their money – maybe that is why Daredevil hasn’t interfered with her work. That and he has problems of his own, like helping a recently blinded little boy – both in court and in the “classroom” as he teaches him how to deal with his blindness. Anyway, the Kingpin obviously notices Typhoid Mary so he looks into her past and discovers that she is an escaped psychiatric patient with dual personalities – just the kind of woman that Matt Murdock typically falls for! He calls her in to his office and when she bests all his guards he offers her a high-paying job: seduce and destroy Daredevil! Should be a piece of cake right? She starts out by “bumping into him” at the boy’s hospital and feeding Matt a line about how she helps blind people. How does he take it? Just like a fish: hook, line and sinker! Oh Matt, when will you ever learn?

My 2 Cents:

  • I was pleasantly surprised by the first issue in this storyline. This is one of Ann Nocenti’s famous characters, and I’m starting to see why – she is just the kind of dangerous train wreck that Matt can’t resist!
  • John Romita’s art was overall really good. I’m a big fan of his style, so obviously I enjoyed it – but there were a few panels that were sub-par I thought.
  • What a great start to a longer storyline! I can’t wait to read the next few issues and see how this turns out – since I really don’t know (although I can guess!)

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 5 stars
  • Art: 4 stars
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars

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