Daredevil #253 (1988)

daredevil christmas issue
Another Christmas issue.  First, Ann Nocenti shows us how kids get influenced by O.G.s in the hood.  The O.G.s are The Wildboys, who will figure into Typhoid Mary’s master plan.

A boy named Ralf steals Darla’s skateboard.  IMG_4443
But we also see that Kingpin is basically like Donald Trump, who once built a skyscraper that cast a shadow over an entire poor neighborhood and literally killed the trees in the park.
In the end, though, Ralph does the right thing…

And Matt Murdock rewards him…

The title of this issue is “Merry Christmas, Kingpin.”

Kingpin’s parallel story that never crosses, where there is a fly in his building and, throughout the issue, he rants about Daredevil/Murdock and tries to kill the fly.  Unsuccessfully.

Yes, the unsmashable fly is sledgehammer symbolism, but it works well in this short, simple story.

Creators: Ann Nocenti, John Romita Jr.
Grade: C+

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