Writer: Frank Miller
Penciler: John Romita, Jr.
Inker: Al Williamson
Colorist: Christie Scheele
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Cover Price: $2.95
Release Date: November 10, 1993
Things have not been boring in this miniseries, to say the least. In fact, young Matt Murdock has had a tremendous amount of emotional weight on his back since last issue. All those years of suppressed emotions are about to come bubbling up to the surface here. Matt is also about to understand the blurring of the lines between justice and revenge. Matt's moral ethics are going to be called into question. His years of self-discipline and control are about to be put to the test. We are about to see the man who Matt is going to become as it relates to the choices that he makes for his future. Let's see how Matt Murdock deals with the emotional baggage of his past and how he measures up to his mentor, Stick.
We open where we seemingly left off with Matt Murdock at the local morgue. Frank Miller does an excellent job of describing what Matt is feeling when he's tasked with identifying his father's corpse. I cannot imagine what Matt must be thinking during this time. He is completely left alone at this point. There have been many fascinating studies in terms of the psychology of grief. Noticeably, there seems to be a part of Matt that has shut down. In some ways, it would appear that his grief has only focused his rage for retribution. Matt makes his mind up to bring his father's killers to justice. He seeks out the culprits in a methodical manner. He begins by taking out two of the Fixer's men in a back street in Hell's Kitchen. The alley is so dark and the beatings that the men receive are so swift and vicious that the victims are unable to identify Matt. They are convinced that it's the ghost of Jack Murdock and they articulate this as such to the police, when they are picked up and carried to the hospital.
|Matt Murdock unleashes his rage!|
After dispensing of the Fixer's men, Matt pursues the man himself through New York's subway system. As the Fixer's cornered, his heart literally gives out. His death only momentarily satisfies Matt who then pursues the last link to the Fixer, Angelo. Matt is able to track down Angelo at a local Gentlemen's Club in which the establishment has had a history of some shady business dealings. Matt is able to make an entrance and go straight for Angelo. But in the course of the chaos that ensues, Matt inadvertently pushes one of the ladies out of a window. She falls presumably to her death. This freaks out our blind hero, so much to the point, that he flees the scene in quiet disgrace in search of his mentor, Stick. Unable to find his master, Matt sobs alone in the dark at the local gym. Blocks away, Stick and a large man by the name of Stone are having a serious discussion involving Matt and a woman named Elektra. Stick seemingly has given up on Matt and that they should move on to other things. Stone tells Stick to reconsider his position. Stick remains steadfast in his resolve on the matter.
|Matt learns a hard lesson in self-control.|
There are two things that I enjoyed watching during the course of this issue. The first is the budding friendship between Matt and Foggy. Straightaway, Frank Miller is able to convey to the reader the special kinship that the two possess in terms of dialogue and everyday interactions. The other important part of this issue is the introduction of Elektra towards the end. It's one of those introductions that feels like the two are doomed from the start. Elektra is the first woman to not take any pity on Matt. Matt seems to find this intoxicating and only strengthens his pursuit of her affections. They compliment one another in so many ways, yet are destined to be bad for one another in the long term. This first series of meetings in this issue does set the stage for an interesting string of events to follow down the road.
Overall, Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr. continue to deliver the goods here. We see Matt maturing into the man that he's destined to become, while at the same time, treading into some potentially dangerous waters. We are only at the second issue here and Frank Miller is revealing a multi-layered tapestry. John Romita, Jr.'s artwork is beginning to settle in with me, in that I am starting to think that he was the best available guy for this miniseries at the time. It will interesting to see how the relationship between Matt and Elektra develops in the future. I've got a feeling that we won't have to wait that long.