(a) David Aja & Stefano Gaudiano
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Brubaker with his latest artist, David Aja (Immortal Iron Fist), bring back the baddest baddy from Daredevil’s rogue’s gallery: The Kingpin. After a short time away from the game of superhero conflict and organized crime, The Kingpin’s retirement draws to a close. He’s headed home after an abrupt meeting with Lady Bullseye and The Hand. Wilson Fisk tried his hardest to stay clear of his past and begin anew, but ghosts of former lives always follows those who do the worst.
This issue lays down Wilson Fisk’s history, and prologue’s the latest chapter in what will become Matt Murdock’s life, “Return of the King”. I know I’ve said it a million times…so what’s one more: Daredevil is one of Marvel’s better titles. It’s painfully rife with nasty soap opera antics in a good way. (Dana Tillusz)