We’re over half-way there at this point and I hope those of you reading have enjoyed going through the list and that there has been at least a character or two that you don’t often see as much in other top-tens; or perhaps that a favorite character of your own was represented. But in getting back to the list, coming in at #4 is Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil.
I reckon that I don’t need to recap Daredevil’s origin in detail, other than to say he came from very humble beginnings, and like so many other great characters, dealt with serious adversity all his life, culminating in the death of his father at the hands of the Fixer’s men, and his own tragic accident with radioactive chemicals while attempting to save a pedestrian that left him blind. Fortunately, as is often the case with adversity, it proved to be a refiners fire for Matt. He began training his body, as well as his mind, to make a difference in the world. Hell’s Kitchen, in particular. And while Matt was indeed struck blind, the accident unlocked a gift as well – enhanced senses that amplified his sense of sight, hearing, touch and taste to a superhuman degree. Additionally, he developed a “radar sense” that allows him to “see” the impressions of solid objects, and people, around him. With these unique abilities Daredevil had the tools, and together with the tutelage of Stick, he would hone the skills necessary to become one of the most adept defenders of human liberties around.
Daredevil was one of those characters that I first gravitated towards when I began collecting. In fact, his was one of the first books I bought off the stands with my allowance money as a kid. There was just something fascinating about a character that donned a red suit with horns and a billy club, who was blind but took the name “Daredevil.” The visual, not unlike Nightcrawler, is an ironic one and it goes miles in depicting the genius that has gone into his creation and refinement over the years. And, interestingly, unlike some other characters, the life of Matt Murdock was nearly as captivating as it was when he donned the mask. A lawyer by profession, Matt’s enhanced abilities make the courtroom a very compelling place for readers to watch him enact justice as well and given my interest in such things that goes a long way. Plus, a with a rogues gallery that includes: Bullseye, The Kingpin, Typhoid Mary and so many other great villains (with their many nuances) reading the book has always been a heck of a lot of fun.
In recent years I haven’t been able to follow the character as much as I’d like (no thanks to a tightening wallet) and the last run I was able to put together was Brubaker’s debut storyline “The Devil, Inside and Out,” which I enjoyed a great deal. However, I am hoping to spend some time and money in the months to come tracking down the rest of Brubaker’s run as I’m sure he’s doing great things. He’s one of the best writiers in the business and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read of his over the years. It’d be criminal of me not to read his work on good ‘ol hornhead!