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Daredevil: Ultimate Collections: Books #1-3 (2010)
Fiction Review by The Gravedigger

Daredevil: Ultimate Collections: Books #1-3 (2010) Book One begins from the perspective of newspaper journalist Ben Urich who is covering a story about the son of one of Daredevil's foes and how that violence ties in with what happened to Daredevil as a child. Ben Urich is one of the only people in the city who has figured out Daredevil's real-life identity as lawyer Matt Murdoch. There's also Wilson Fisk, The Kingpin, who gets nearly beaten to death and overthrown by a new criminal from Chicago. This guy thinks he can just come in and take over the big guy's business-and at first, this surprisingly seems to be the case. You see, The Kingpin also has known about Daredevil's identity and has been sitting on the info for when he needs to use it-and this new guy finds this out, leaking it out to the authorities, which has some dire effects on The Man Without Fear. There's also appearances by Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, who are Matt's bodyguards.

Book Two has Matt/Daredevil falling in love with a blind woman, Milla, who he rescued. Matt is still reeling from the death of his previous girlfriend, Karen Page. She was killed by Bullseye. And we suspect that this new relationship may be a rebound, of sorts. A prominent newspaper also prints that Daredevil is really Matt Murdock, which Matt denies-and threatens to sue the paper for defamation. He wants to take them to court rather than admit he's a superhero, something that he may be able to pull off if their source-and FBI man, who has sold the story for money-doesn't testify. There's also an appearance by former lover Black Widow, who wants to know if she can help him out, for old-time's sake. On the crime front Wilson Fisk is nearly dead- his wife takes him out of the country and dissolutes his empire in New York, parcelling pieces off to the other crime organizations. She also learns that her own son was in part responsible for nearly killing her husband and betraying her family-and she has him killed. Part Three has Daredevil declaring himself "Kingpin" of Hell's Kitchen to keep the area under control-and it's out that he's really Daredevil. Wilson Fisk, now recovered, tries to make a comeback in NYC but it doesn't as planned. And Daredevil has married Milla, though that may only be for a short time because she thinks their entire relationship is based on Matt's mental breakdown over Karen Page...it's all very dark and depressing.

I honestly haven't read a Daredevil comic since the Frank Miller run in the 80's. I would say that the Bendis/Maleev books are as character changing as those books-they're that good.

Written By Brian Michael Bendis

Art: Alex Maleev

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