Characters Appearing: Daredevil, Foggy Nelson, Jarvis, Karen Page, Liz Allan, Mysterio, Rosalind Sharpe
Issue(s): Daredevil #358
Meanwhile, Sharpe wants to Matt to look into the foreclosure status of Four Freedoms Plaza now that the Fantastic Four are dead. Matt initially refuses, but Sharpe hangs the prospect of firing Foggy over his head and he reconsiders.
Mr. Peabody invited Foggy and his partners to a fancy gala, and Foggy says he should get his old tuxedo out of mothballs, wondering if "blue ruffles" are still in style. I feel like this is a misremembering of Foggy's awesome tuxedo from Daredevil #165, but i guess anyone who wore that would also wear blue ruffles at some point.
While Foggy is telling Matt about Peabody's company, they talk about the current state of the Marvel universe.
On his way to Avengers mansion to talk to Black Widow, he's attacked by an illusion of the Juggernaut (the cover kind of spoils the surprise here, but thanks to DD's radar sense it doesn't last long anyway).
At Avengers mansion, DD only finds Jarvis, who strongly implies that the heroes will be returning (it's interesting how quickly Marvel was willing to tell us that the Heroes Reborn venture wouldn't last).
At the gala, "Onslaught" attacks...
...but of course it's really Mysterio.
Or rather, a robot controlled by him.
Daredevil should take that "next time" threat a lot more seriously. I'd be especially concerned since another villain with illusion powers - Mastermind in Daredevil #352 - knew exactly how to get to Daredevil through his civilian friends.
As for Mr. Peabody, he was at the gala disguising himself as Liz Allan, and he'd done such a good job that Foggy just had professed his love to "her".
Peabody was working with Mysterio on the insurance racket.
Foggy and the real Liz kiss when this is all over. But When Matt gets home, he finds an angry Karen Page, who thinks that Matt was trying to rekindle his romance with the Black Widow. Nothing really comes of that when we get back to the Karl Kesel run, which i'm glad of. Kesel will continue the idea that, post-Onslaught, Daredevil has an added burden trying to keep the city safe now that so many of Marvel's heroes are gone.
This doesn't have that extra spark to it that the Kesel/Nordrun has, but it's not bad. I usually think of Pascual Ferry's art as being over-the-top but he's pretty down to earth here, saving his "extra" style for the illusions (which is appropriate).
I could be over-interpreting the sales figures below, but after a major downward spiral (compare the numbers below to previous "Average" and "Closest" values and you'll see we started at around 230,000 2 years ago) it looks like a significant uptick in the most recent issue. The Kesel/Nord run did get some positive coverage in Wizard (and this issue's lettercol also notes that the run has resulted in a number of readers "coming back to the fold"), and i really think this might have been showing Marvel a way out of the 90s boom/bust that will lead to the change in direction for Heroes Return.
Statement of Ownership Total Paid Circulation: Average of Past 12 months = 57,739. Single issue closest to filing date = 79,423.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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