Issue(s): Daredevil #310, Daredevil #311
Also out there is Calypso, and she is hanging out with the Nameless One. Calypso turns out to be the sister of Mambo, the voodoo queen that was with the Nameless One in his previous appearance.
Meanwhile, Matt Murdock is contacted by a Haitian refugee hoping to retain his legal services to gain political asylum.
The refugee, Yves Chapoteau, is being pursued by an INS agent named Dumphry and the Nameless One AND members of the Haitian civilian militia (Cagoulars). Daredevil helps with Dumphry and the militia, and then gets into a fight with the Nameless One.
Meanwhile, Calypso's eyes must not be working so well, because she spots the doppelganger and thinks it's the real Daredevil.
But she eventually figures it out, and uses her abilities to kill it.
The art is i guess trying to replicate mood of the McFarlane art from Calypso's last appearance, but it just makes me feel like i'm going blind.
Daredevil tries to convince the Nameless One that it shouldn't be trying to capture Yves, and he eventually kills himself, allowing himself to be stabbed by his own sword. It's said that he's now at peace. Then Calypso shows up and entrances Daredevil. The next thing we know, a zombie-fied Matt Murdock is sent after Yves, who was in the middle of an arms deal.
Yves recognizes Murdock and says his name, and since "to know one's secret name is to have power over him", Murdock flees.
Several pages of more awful McFarlane-esque art follow, depicting a flashback showing how Murdock became a zombie.
Matt then goes back to his day job!
According to Yves, Daredevil has to fight Calypso when she is blind to her own shadow to become unzombiefied. To pass the time until then, he watches TV, catching a talk show appearance by Brother Voodo talking about Simon Garth.
Brother Voodoo sends Daredevil a message through the TV.
Aaaaaargh, this art is so ugly.
The above seems to just be a dream, but Daredevil eventually goes after Calypso for real, fighting her at noon when she doesn't cast a shadow.
All her other zombies then turn on her, and the building they are in collapses.
Yves is arrested by Dumphry, but it's ok because Murdock donates to Amnesty International.
At the very end, we see someone digging up a grave.
Glenn Herdling, who is filling in for D.G. Chichester on these too issues, often loses me, but this time i'm going to blame it on the art. Not that there's normally anything wrong with Scott McDaniel, but there's no reason to go with a bad McFarlane imitation just because Calypso is in the book. I'm also going to blame it on the voodoo. I'm all for people getting turned into zombies and stuff, but is it really something you can just snap out of? And the whole "no shadow / noon" thing feels like it belongs in a Silver Age horror story. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but Herdling plays it very straight.
I'll also note that this has virtually nothing to do with Infinity War, but that's understandable.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Daredevil returns from Las Vegas in this issue, so he shouldn't appear anywhere between Punisher War Journal #47 (the last part of Dead Man's Han) and here. So Ghost Rider #35-38 and Daredevil's other Infinity War appearances all have to take place after this.
Only issue #310 is an Infinity War tie-in, but i think Daredevil would appreciate not being left a zombie for too long, so i've covered both issues in this entry. See the Considerations for Infinity War #1 regarding my tagging of Hellspawn, the Daredevil doppelganger.
Crossover: Infinity War
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
It's amazing how many crossovers Daredevil participated in. For a low-level hero, writers sure wanted to use him in crossovers. He was in Mutant Massacre & in Fall Of The Mutants. Even Spider-Man wasn't involved in those.
Posted by: CLYDE | April 6, 2016 3:07 PM
Not long after this, McDaniel stopped mimicking Todd MacFarlane and started blatantly swiping Frank Miller's "Sin City" art style. Eventually someone wrote in to one of the Sin City titles describing McDaniel as "shameless", to which Miller responded with something like "Yeah, I don't even bother checking out these poseurs any longer".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 6, 2016 4:04 PM
I think Daredevil was in the mutant crossovers because Ann Nocenti was the writer in those days and she was friends with (and sometimes editor of) Chris Claremont and the Simonsons.
Probably the same reason Thor was in Mutant Massacre.
Posted by: Red Comet | April 6, 2016 4:20 PM
Since Matt is comming back from Las Vegas at the beginning of this issue, and we see Daredevil doppelganger as Matt is getting out of the cab I would say this definitelly have to be placed around the same spot as Spider-Man 24, before the meeting at Four Freedom Plaza
Posted by: fragsel | January 30, 2018 2:27 PM
Thanks for pointing out that Daredevil returns from Vegas in this issue. That also affects Daredevil's appearance in Ghost Rider #35-38.
Posted by: fnord12 | January 31, 2018 3:01 PM
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