Issue(s): Daredevil #225
Matt returns to his law office to find that it's no longer his law office. Nelson & Murdock are behind on the rent and are getting kicked out. Foggy lets Matt have it, even going for a really low blow.
Foggy leaves, but Matt realizes that he's headed for the roof. Foggy is contemplating suicide, and the Vulture is there to egg him along.
The grave-robbing and this are both an interesting use of the Vulture that brings him closer to his namesake (i've noted that Kurt Busiek used the Vulture in the opposite way in Untold Tales of Spider-Man #20). Mazzucchelli's art is great at creating a moody depressing atmosphere that fits this issue perfectly.
Matt shows up as Daredevil, and the Vulture seems to indicate that he's close to figuring out some secrets.
In the subsequent fight, Daredevil brings the Vulture indoors to limit his flying abilities. In a bit of subtle humor, they first crash into a building that has a couple on a couch together, so i thought it was a home, but turns out to be an office building, so i think somebody was engaging in some hanky-panky on the man's time.
Anyway, the Daredevil/Vulture fight winds up in the basement, and Daredevil tells the Vulture he's beating the Vulture up because of what he represents: "The death and decay that eat away at a man until he surrenders... the horror that pulls you down into the pit!" Daredevil tells him he's not the surrendering type, and he leaves the basement and enters the light of day.
Heavily, obviously metaphorical, but it works really well and could have served as a turning point on the series if O'Neil had stayed on, although Foggy's issues still seem unresolved. Instead it's a great end to his run.
During the battle, DD is observed by a silver bird who turns out to be the Black Crow. The Crow tells a rock that Daredevil is worthy, and the rock responds that he must "return to him and do what must be done", or die. Nothing comes of it.
Quality Rating: A
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Kinda glad that the Black Crow didnt reappear in DD. He made sense fighting Captain America as a kind of AmerIndian political statement maker against historical atrocities. He would lose his significance if he fought DD (who couldn't be said to represent "America" the way Cap did)
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