Daredevil Month: An Assassin Approaches!

Posted: March 31, 2015 in Comic Book Study
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Image taken from marvel.wikia.com

Welcome back to the last few weeks of Daredevil Month everyone. A few days ago, I did a review on how Daredevil in the Marvel Knights 2099 universe was also his world’s Kingpin. That alone was pretty weird, but what about a world where Daredevil worked for the Kingpin? That’s right Exiles fans, we’re about to take a trip to Earth-181 and see Assassin Daredevil in action!

Assassin Daredevil appeared in the Exiles series (which ran from 2001 to 2009) starting in issue #62. When readers first saw the alternate Man Without Fear, he was held as a superhero trophy by the Timebroker (who apparently doesn’t actually exist, and whose role is filled by a bald and alternate universe Hyperion), appearing in a big spread among other superheroes (like a battle damaged Vision) who are also being held as trophies.

He shows up in a few issues since, but doesn’t really do anything until issue #83, when the Exiles finally let him out of that trophy wall and send him to his home reality. When he finally gets home, the most he has to say to his enquiring employer is “Hope you didn’t give my job away while I was gone.”

Later on, we see Assassin Daredevil back on the prowl in his home universe (apparently the Kingpin didn’t give away Daredevil’s job like he was thinking), and already had a kill under his belt again. Holding a bloody billy club in his hand, he remarks “It’s good to be home”, with the Kingpin waiting nearby.

My Thoughts

Image taken from marvel.wikia.com

So what happened? What would ever make Matt Murdock turn his back on his father’s message and become a killer for hire?

Considering that he’s still Daredevil in this world, and that he still appears to have his powers and training, Matt Murdock must have still trained with Stick, lived with his boxer father Jack, and eventually developed into a man who would use his powers in public. My guess is that, in this world, either Stick trained him to be a killer, or more likely, Elektra’s death pushed Matt over the edge.

Unable to deal with the grief, Daredevil killed Bullseye and turned his services to the Kingpin (in this reality, the Kingpin never had anything to do with Elektra’s death or had much of a conflict with Daredevil). Daredevil would eventually hone his skills and become one of the most deadly assassins his world had ever seen. This is just a theory though, so who knows what really happened on this world?

Do you think an assassin Daredevil would be cool to see on a permanent basis? How different would this Daredevil be from regular assassins, like Bullseye or Elektra? Leave a comment below, follow me on Twitter, and don’t forget to check out the Comic Books vs The World Youtube channel. Keep returning to the blog to enjoy daily content during Daredevil Month!


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