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Famous last words,
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This review is from: Daredevil: End of Days (Daredevil (Unnumbered)) (Hardcover)
End of Days is billed as the final Daredevil story and comparisons have been made with the Batman story The Dark Knight Returns. A closer analogy would be with Citizen Kane and this is acknowledged within the story itself. The book opens with Daredevil dying in battle with the psychopath Bullseye and concerns journalist Ben Urich's investigation into Matt Murdock's dying words. Thus, Daredevil is mostly an offscreen presence as Brian Bendis explores the street level heroes and villains of the Marvel universe.
These "final" stories are increasingly common and can range in quality from the gloriously deranged Unforgiven pastiche of Mark Millar's Old Man Logan to the dreary Last Avengers Story. End of Days is one of the best in this crowded market. Set a few years from now the story revisits the highlights of Daredevil sagas past particularly Bendis' own successful run on the comic. Particular highlights include retired assassin Elektra as a lethal soccer mom and a cameo by a particularly grizzled Nick Fury. The final revelation of the meaning of Daredevil's last words is slightly unexpected but satisfying, although I'm unconvinced that it would have been enough to drive Bullseye to commit suicide.
Bendis is a writer who I have often felt to be over-exposed and somewhat self-satisfied but there is no denying that he has a strong feeling for Matt Murdock and his world and if this really was the last Daredevil story then there would be no better epitaph