Daredevil #265-266 (1989)

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We’re back in Inferno New York, and Ann Nocenti may be the perfect writer for this kind of bizarre, horrifying and hilarious situation.

This issue starts with a dentist being attacked by his own equipment, and then becoming possessed by it.

He then kills a police officer and takes on his zombie identity.

I don’t think I mentioned in my summary of #263 that Karen Page finally decided to leave Daredevil.  In this issue, he’s sad about that and spends the entire issue without uttering a word.  Like here, where he fights the dentist…

The violence in this issue is over the top, and even the local kids who admire Daredevil unconditionally notice he’s different.

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We have a blind hero who is now also mute, albeit due to emotion and choice.  He’s like the Terminator in T2: A silent force, bashing his way through the Inferno wasteland to reach his goal. And what is his goal?  Beer!


And at the end of the issue, we see the city returning to normal and even the people at the bar can see DD has been through the ringer.

From there, issue #266 is Daredevil drinking his beer.a beer with the dare devil

It’s a Christmas issue, and the launch of the Daredevil-goes-to-hell arc.  He gets drunk with Satan.  And Satan looks a little like Black Widow in the beginning.

And then he is revealed as Mephisto.

Romita Jr.’s Mephisto is truly hideous, and constantly changes shape during the issue.

He appears fat and bloated, monstrous, and in a more traditional heroic body as well–which makes his statement that Daredevil is a reflection cast in Mephisto’s image all the more powerful.

In the end of the issue, DD rejects Mephisto and falls down drunk.

An incredible issue.  Nocenti has a clear vision for Daredevil, and even a corporate-mandated tie-in can’t deter her.  Just phenomenal comics.

Creators; Ann Nocenti, John Romita Jr.
Grade: A+

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