Daredevil #241 by Ann Nocenti

Daredevil #241Daredevil #241 by Ann Nocenti

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Under the simply gorgeous Mike Zeck and Klaus Janson cover is a very peculiar tale illustrated by none other than Todd McFarlane. This was early in McFarlane’s career and so virtually none of his usual stylistic ticks are present, and instead he delivers what is simply a very well drawn issue of Daredevil.

As for the story itself, well, I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. Daredevil is hounded by an unusual character called The Trixster, who seems to be going through an existential crisis. He’s not a villain in the traditional sense, but instead a stuntman who seems to regret that despite his fame and success nobody knows his true identity. This existential crisis leads him to perform a series of self destructive stunts, apparently with the aim of ending his own life. And…spoiler alert…despite his bet efforts, Daredevil fails to prevent this. Happy Christmas everyone?

The tone of this issue is just downright weird and maybe it’s just me, but I have no idea what it’s trying to say or what the point of it it. It’s not bad, it’s well drawn and the dialogue and captions are well written. It’s just…I don’t get it. Sorry.

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