Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Best of "What If...?": #2

Volume 2 #2 (1989)
What if Daredevil had killed the Kingpin?

CoverWritten by Danny Fingeroth
Drawn by Greg Capullo

Matt Murdock has spent years fighting for justice both as an attorney and as the masked crimefighter Daredevil. But Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime and Murdock’s greatest enemy, has just learned that Matt and Daredevil are one and the same. And so, he devotes his limitless resources to ruining Matt’s life.

Matt’s bank accounts are frozen. His law license is revoked. His home is bombed. In a matter of months, the Kingpin robs Matt of everything, including his sanity. Without any reasoned plan, Matt confronts the Kingpin in his headquarters, armed with nothing but a nightstick. Fisk beats Murdock into unconsciousness, frames him for murder, and arranges his own death. The Kingpin's victory is complete.

But in another universe, Matt is more calculating. He enters Fisk’s headquarters unarmed, but he lifts a gun off of a guard. Moments later, the Kingpin looks down the barrel of that gun and calls a man who isn’t bluffing. With the squeeze of a trigger, Matt secures revenge at the cost of all that he has ever stood for…

“There is only one solution. A man breaks the law… he’s got to pay the price. And again, Matt Murdock goes in pursuit of justice.”

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