Daredevil #240 by Ann Nocenti

Daredevil #240Daredevil #240 by Ann Nocenti

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is really good. Continuing and concluding Daredevil’s encounter with Rotgut, a twisted albino African American, warped by his upbringing and by the decay of the society he lives in. Rotgut sees the apartment block he lives in as a sort of body, the pipes that run through the building akin to veins, and through his twisted logic the only way to purify that body is to inject poison into it.

There’s a lot of talk of antibodies, and here Nocenti cleverly uses the kids who idolise Daredevil as the building’s antibodies, as they run throughout warning the residents about the poison. Except one of the residents abuses one of the kids verbally, so the kid chooses not to warn him and he dies. Something the kid will be forever changed by. So the cancer, the disease, has corrupted the child.

This is a very tightly written issue, perhaps the strongest issue in this run yet. Louis Williams’ art is also great, both gritty and atmospheric. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this run.

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