Retroactive: Detective Comics 2008 & Daredevil 1983

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My Favourite Covers

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Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme? For Detective Comics, the crown goes to: Detective Comics #848. I’m a huge fan of Dustin Nguyen so this year was not only a treat for me but also supremely difficult in choosing one cover over the other. There were so many standout images that I wish I could bestow the crown on multiple covers but eventually I chose this one for multiple reasons. Not only does it contain a wealth of beautifully drawn and arranged images but upon reading the issue you realize that it contains many hints about what is going to unfold inside. Front and centre is the Dark Knight himself, strong and confident, ready to take on all challengers. Behind him, the cover’s background colour is composed of murky browns, browns that eventually form into the image of the latest foe Batman is currently tracking down, the Scarecrow. Meanwhile, the cover has various photos strewn about which feature our story’s other plot involving Catwoman and Hush. One photo features Catwoman apparently sleeping peacefully albeit that is far from what is actually transpiring. Another two photos show Hush, one with the bottom part of his bandages gone, a stitched scar peeking out from behind the main title, while the other shows the upper portion of his face, surgical pen markings mysterious drawn upon him. Littered about the cover are various surgical implements and the real reason why they are prominently shown is one of the major revelations that this storyline has in store for us. Finally, there is the heart, a seemingly random image that we think could be symbolic of something but after concluding this issue we learn the sinister reason of why it is emblazoned on the cover. A fantastic piece that only grows in value after indulging in the issue’s contents make this the best of the best for me. For Daredevil, the title goes to: Daredevil #200. Leading up to this issue, Daredevil has been hot on the trial of his legendary foe, unable to engage him in a one-on-one battle…until now. We are immediately taken in by the image of Bullseye, lying on the ground, his head cranked at a chilling angle, his one arm convulsing in pain. The motion of his hand tells us that he is in fact still alive but that angle of his neck could hint that he doesn’t have too long left to go, his mouth gaping open as if he is letting out a blood chilling scream, his eyes bulging out from the intense pain. Behind him stands our triumphant hero albeit a hero who has undergone quite a fight looking at him. Daredevil’s costume is torn in multiple places, fabric hanging, his arm is adorned in a cast, and his baton is speckled in blood. That his face is covered in shadows makes him appear almost like a demon and the fact that we can’t read his facial expression, whether he be happy, remorseful at what he has done, or just plain exhausted, adds that extra dimension to the cover and makes us wonder: Are we witnessing the loss of life by Bullseye and the loss of Daredevil’s very soul in the process?  
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So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

8 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 2008 & Daredevil 1983

  1. Great weekend edition of Retroactive! I really liked Detective Comics #842 with Batman making his way through a blizzard of slow, a simple, yet striking image that is also strangely mysterious as well. We are so used to seeing Batman lurking in the shadows, seeing him blending in with this snowstorm is something very different. I had to pick Daredevil #200 with DD and Bullsey squaring off in this titanic showdown. A brilliant era of Daredevil and what a fantastic 200th issue this was, with Bullseye and DD fighting and no one, or nothing, to get in their way!

    • “Batman making his way through a blizzard of slow, a simple, yet striking image that is also strangely mysterious as well.”
      What I also find intriguing about the cover is what looks to be blood on him. Is it his? Is he injured? Or is it someone else’s?

      “A brilliant era of Daredevil and what a fantastic 200th issue this was, with Bullseye and DD fighting and no one, or nothing, to get in their way!”
      I read somewhere that they do battle in the same ring that Murdock’s father fought in? An awesome touch indeed.

      Thanks for sharing your selections!

      • Not sure what happened to Batman in that issue, been while since I read that. You are right about Daredevil #200 DD and Bullseye do indeed end up fighting in the same ring Matt’s father fought in. A brilliant issue, with one hell of a showdown!

  2. Daredevil # 197 has many details that really please my eye: neon lights, a starless sky, the leading character walking on a desert sidewalk under a street lamp… the cover artist clearly drew inspiration from the noir movies I love so much, so I instantly fell in love with this image he created.
    The icing on the cake is the menacing presence of Bullseye, whose fiery glance is pointed on Daredevil and the girl walking next to him.
    Also, notice that Daredevil is walking with a very cautious attitude. Maybe his sixth sense warned him that Bullseye is about to attack him?
    As for Batman, I pick Detective Comics # 846. This cover shows Batman undoing Hush’s mask, and this is a delightfully subtle way to suggest that Bruce’s about to dismantle the evil plan his enemy concocted.
    Special mention for issue # 842, because I love how the black of Batman’s costume is combined with the white of the snow surrounding him.

    • “Daredevil # 197 has many details that really please my eye: neon lights, a starless sky, the leading character walking on a desert sidewalk under a street lamp… the cover artist clearly drew inspiration from the noir movies I love so much, so I instantly fell in love with this image he created.”
      This cover was my runner-up for the exact reasons you listed. Looking at #200 though, something about it just gripped me immediately.

      “As for Batman, I pick Detective Comics # 846. This cover shows Batman undoing Hush’s mask, and this is a delightfully subtle way to suggest that Bruce’s about to dismantle the evil plan his enemy concocted.”
      And the grand twist later on in the arc of Hush revealing his “face” beneath is quite a turn indeed. Totally unexpected. Like I said, you can’t go wrong with any of Nguyen’s pieces. My other favourites are #841 (the sheer wealth of detail as Batman “partakes” in a tea party), #843 (the female Ventriloquist being surrounded by puppets of Scarface and Batman), and #847 (Batman and Hush doing battle, tearing though a picture of the two of them as children). Fantastic!

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your choices!

      • “Looking at #200 though, something about it just gripped me immediately.” Maybe your sixth sense tingled as well, because DD # 200 one of the best Daredevil issues ever. Also, you’re right: Daredevil and Bullseye do battle in the same ring that Matt’s father fought in. It’s an incredibly moving story.
        “Thanks, as always, for sharing your choices!” Thank you as well for your reply and, most of all, for taking the time to read what I wrote about Monuments Men. It’s been thoroughly appreciated. : )

        • “Daredevil and Bullseye do battle in the same ring that Matt’s father fought in. It’s an incredibly moving story.”
          Such an awesome idea. That detail just puts this issue over the top for me and compels me to track it down and read it for myself.

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