Like a great number of people, I adore Frank Miller's initial Daredevil run. While many of those fans would point to the death of Elektra as being the high watermark of the era, I have to go with this issue. It fully showcases Miller's talents as a storyteller, as he breaks down the fourth wall in the framing sequence and then switches to a noirish first person narrative by Foggy 'Guts' Nelson. Daredevil helps out from the shadows, as 'Guts' hits Hell's Kitchen trying to get some information. He forms and unexpected and comical alliance with Turk. It's a terrific story, and a true collaboration between Miller and Klaus Janson. The look on Kingpin's face when Daredevil says 'Don't Mess With Guts Nelson' over a walkie talkie is priceless. It's really too bad they didn't include a better mix of action and humour for the movie. Such a missed opportunity. Still, we will always have Daredevil #185.
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