The X-Axis by Paul O'Brien
DAREDEVIL #50 - Celebrating fifty fabulous issues since the last
renumbering. Still, multiples of ten, eh? Gotta love 'em. This is the
final issue of the "Hardcore" storyline and in traditional anniversary
style, it's the climactic fight between Daredevil and the Kingpin. A
bunch of guest artists, mostly from the series' past, turn up to
contribute individual panels of the fight. It's a cute device intended
to illustrate that this is an eternal conflict for the two characters
which will never go away, and because of that it doesn't really matter
that the continuity is shot to hell (nobody seems to have told the guest
artists that the Kingpin wouldn't be wearing his usual suit, though the
colourist has tried mightily to distract attention from the problem).
Not quite sure what Michael Avon Oeming is doing in the list - when did
he ever draw Daredevil? - but it's still a nice way of making the
anniversary artist jam look like something more than a gimmick. And
this time round the fight actually gets a convincing ending - though
we've said that before, haven't we?
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