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Daredevil #256
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July 19th, 2013 by Rusty

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Daredevil #256 cover

Daredevil #256

Date: July 1988
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: 75¢
2013 NM Price: $5.00
Stats: 29 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “Devil’s Advocate” letters page.
Writer: Ann Nocenti
Artists: John Romita Jr, Al Williamson, Joe Rosen, Max Scheele
Notable Notes: “Blindspots” – where Matt has to make a lot of moral decisions!

Forbidden Love!

Have you ever been attracted to someone when you know you shouldn’t be? (And if you say “no” I’ll think you’re lying!) I have – and yeah, its a strange feeling that’s for sure! How you act (or re-act) to that attraction is really the bigger and more important question, and in this issue we get to see Matt go through a roller-coaster of emotions as he tries to decide between the lovely Karen Page (with all her baggage) and the sweet, sexy Mary (with her crazy dual personalities!) Hmm… which one will win I wonder? I know who I’m rooting for!

Synopsis:

Daredevil #255 was ok, but there was too many legal scenes for my tastes. I did enjoy the subtle attractions between Matt and Mary though, and this issue continues with that story thread. It starts out with Daredevil giving a verbal lashing to a card-shark on the streets. This gets Matt to thinking about what is legally right and what is morally right. While pondering these issues (and after changing into street clothes) he runs into the sane version of Mary and is too attracted to her to refrain from giving her a big smooch on the lips! He still feels guilty, though, and I’m sure that counts for something… right? Anyway, while Matt visits Foggy to tell him who his employer really is, Mary does a Dr. Jekyll and changes into the ruthless Typhoid Mary. It turns out the Kingpin wants her to bribe some of the jury members in Tyrone’s trial – but Matt is one step ahead and his network of street kids help prevent a bad outcome. That doesn’t stop Typhoid Mary from tracking Daredevil into the sewers, though, where the two of them can’t decide if they should fight or make out! This fine issue ends with both of them returning to their homes to wash the stink (both literal and figurative) off with a nice, long, hot shower. Oh – and the trial ends on a positive note too. Whew!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 5 stars – Wow – this was a great issue! Matt battles the law, his sense of morality, his love for Karen, his attraction to Mary and Typhoid Mary all in one excellent issue! Bravo!
  • Art: 5 stars – I’ll admit that I am a John Romita Jr fan, but this issue showcases his art at its classic best! This book has great panels, wonderful shading, excellent drawings and lots of subtle images that make a huge difference! Bravo again!
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – This issue really was a triple threat! I was totally sucked in by the story and the only reason I didn’t fly through the pages is because I had to stop and admire the art. This one was an absolute blast – hip, hip hooray!

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