Daredevil Month: Reviewing “Eye for an Eye”

Posted: March 24, 2015 in Reviews
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Image taken from marvel.wikia.com

Welcome back to Daredevil Month everyone. I mentioned yesterday that I wanted to cover two Daredevil and Batman crossover comics. Today, I’m covering the first issue I mentioned in yesterday’s post: “Eye for an Eye”, which first saw print in 1997.

The Plot

Daredevil and Batman fight. Image taken from bigglasgowcomic.com

The issue is a self-contained Elseworlds tale, featuring (who else?) Daredevil and Batman. After technology is stolen from Wayne Enterprises (more below), Batman chases two villains, DC’s Two-Face and Marvel’s Mr. Hyde, into NYC. Meanwhile, Daredevil investigates a series of thefts involving computer equipment throughout the city, which of course turns out to be the exact same case Batman is covering.

Bats and DD eventually run into each other and, in typical late-1990s comic book fashion, the two clash before teaming up to take down the real threat (as with any other crossover comic, the fight between the two heroes ends in more or less a draw before they depart on their adventure).

On the villain side of things, Two-Face and Mr. Hyde had stolen a computer chip that acts as powerfully as a human brain does. The flipside though is that the chip needs to be formed in organic brain tissue. Two-Face’s plan, therefore, is to trick Mr. Hyde into consuming large quantities of a specific drug, which will both speed up the formation of the chip and eventually kill Hyde, before harvesting the chip from his brain.

Eventually, the two pairs meet and battle. Daredevil manages to reach the Harvey Dent personality in Two-Face, who then helps DD and Batman cure Mr. Hyde of the drugs in his system before disappearing again (Two-Face later claims that side of his personality is gone for good this time). Daredevil, as Matt Murdock, then appears in one final standoffish conflict with Batman in his Bruce Wayne persona.

My Thoughts

Overall, the issue isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read, but it does need a little bit of work. My biggest sticking point is the way Daredevil is portrayed throughout the issue. I may not be the biggest 1990s Daredevil fan, but even I know that Red wouldn’t ever talk like he does in this comic. At one point, he even goes “you’re [Batman] a smooth interrogator, ain’tcha?” Who talks like that?

Image taken from bigglasgowcomic.com

The other big downside for me is Two-Face’s history. In this shared universe, Harvey Dent and Matt Murdock both went to the same law school, giving Daredevil an edge when the two heroes fight the two villains. It’s an interesting idea to have Dent’s personality return in their confrontation to help cure Mr. Hyde, but then Marvel/DC ruins it by having Two-Face come back anyway.

It feels like there’s no real dilemma here. You know the heroes are going to come out on top, you know they’ll fight before they get to the “real” fight with the villains, etc. What keeps this issue from being very cookie cutter and boring though are the interactions Bats and DD have on the page.

I know I said earlier that Daredevil’s personality is a bit odd in these pages, but to see his courtroom ideals clash with Batman’s more bleak and grim ones is definitely fun to read. You can tell the writers had fun exploring what makes each hero super in their own way, and that alone is the main reason I would suggest picking up a copy of this issue.

All in all, I really wish this crossover lasted longer than a single issue. Oh wait, it does.

COMIC GRADE: 6.5/10

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