Thursday, August 21, 2008

Daredevil: The Luckiest Guy in the World

Daredevil [v.1] #77 is a great comic.

In it, we get to see Spider-Man, Daredevil and Namor fight each other for no reason. We see rampant brooding by both Spider-Man and Daredevil. We see no brooding whatsoever from Namor. And we get to see Spider-Man make a statement which is grossly inaccurate:

"There goes the luckiest guy in the world." Falser words have never been spoken.

I hope you guys like brooding, because here comes a pile of it:

Yes, Matthew. Please do.

Time for Spidey to lay down some mad introspection. Although he does his out loud:

Is Spider-Man talking about the same Daredevil? "What does Daredevil know about being hurt so many times you feel like a human punching bag?" Spider-Man needs to check out Daredevil issues #1-present.

Thank God this thing shows up and stops all the whining:

Namor limits his interior monologue to two sentences before tearing off his fetching fedora and herringbone coat and reminding us why Namor is the MAN:

I wish I could get away with talking like Namor. "Though Rachelle is hungry no longer, still she could go for some Arby's...for their's is the Horsey Sauce tasty!"

Anyway, Daredevil shows up and makes some false assumptions based on nothing:

What. A. Douche.


They fight and Daredevil gets his ass handed to him. Which is satisfying:

Daredevil could probably fight better if he stopped brooding for one second. Unfortunately, he doesn't figure this out:

Ohmygod, Daredevil. Please shut up. Although...that first panel is HILARIOUS.

I want to know what Namor's "classy accent" sounds like.

Spider-Man shows up before Daredevil gets himself killed. He immediately starts attacking Namor as well. Namor responds by kicking him in the face:

Their numbers end at two, Namor.

So Spider-Man, because he's kind of a jerk I guess, decides to wail on Namor for awhile to prove he's a better hero than Daredevil.

I like that meanwhile we see no thought bubbles from Namor. He's not thinking anything that he isn't saying out loud.

So they fight for awhile instead of addressing the real threat, which is that glowing thing that showed up.

Instead they capture Namor in a net. With entertaining results:

I like that Spider-Man called Namor "cutes."

This story gets resolved in an issue of Spider-Man which I don't have.


Johnny B said...

Look Homeward, Angel was a book by Thomas Wolfe. Roy Thomas was constantly throwing little literary references like that in his scripts back then, it was one reason why Marvel comics had the rep of being popular on college campuses in the late 60's. I think he even wrote Tom Wolfe into an issue of Doctor Strange about this time.

Believe it or not, once upon a time Daredevil's persona was a wisecracking cavalier adventurer type, like his name, and all the angst was left for Matt Murdock, mostly in the form of his unrequited love for Karen Page. we have Frank Miller, and later Bendis and Brubaker, to thank for the current mope.

Sea_of_Green said...

OMG, I think I actually HAD this comic at one point. I don't remember how this fight was resolved though. :-(

SallyP said...


Namor may be cranky, but at least he doesn't keep moaning about it.

Teebore said...

This issue is so full of angst it makes my heart hurt just being near it.

But your hilarious exclamation of an Arby's craving makes up for it.

Anonymous said...

You know, I know it has moved onto beyond cliche now that when hero's meet up they have to fight for no reason, but like, I think it is better than what it used to be like. They even admit in their thought bubbles to be fighting for no reason.

Anonymous said...

Oh, also I like how the crowd in the background where DD first starts fighting all know he is going to get his ass kicked.

Daniel said...

I loved Gene Colan's Daredevil and Namor. Brooding aside, this is beautiful art, isn't it?

rachelle said...

johnny b - aaaahh...thanks for clearing that up about the Thomas Wolfe book. It makes more sense now.

daniel - the artwork is amazing. Namor, especially, looks great. I love this era of Daredevil.

suedenim said...

I love that classic Stan Lee-ism "It's a gimmick for some movie," spoken by a random New Yorker.

Here, it's actually a non-Stan use of the trope, but I swear this line, or something like it, probably appears in 2 out of every 3 Stan Lee scripts....

Anonymous said...

Good God,Spidey IS unsensitive! I guess he can say in his defense he never knew Matt "saw" (?) Elektra dying in his arms or i assume that was later on. I don´t think Spidey knew about Matt Murdock "seeing" (again?)the greatest love of his life come back as a lowlife jukie prostitute who in an act similar to what many addicts do to get their dose, contributed to destroy his life and in any way you can see it he HAD to forgive her. Shame on you Spidey, shame on you.

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This is perfect because I like when I can get all those superheroes in the same comic, that's perfect because I like when Daredevil hit and kick the Spiderman's ass.