"Decalogue, Part Four of Five"
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Alex Maleev
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: VC's Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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As the meeting in the church basement continues we see the current narrator is Milla Donovan's best friend, and we see she details how she was on hand when her friend married Matt Murdock. We also see her detail how Daredevil rescued her daughter from a horrific encounter, but while Daredevil was able to return her daughter to her physically unharmed, the young woman promptly killed herself after making it clear she was traumatized by the demon creature that appeared in a previous story. We than make an extraordinary discovery about this meeting.
I have to say I'm quite impressed by how Brian Michael Bendis has managed to slowly transform this arc into a pretty engaging Daredevil adventure, as while the book started off as being rather loosely tied to the Daredevil universe, this issue manages to come up with a compelling threat for Daredevil to face, and by issue's end we receive a nice little surprise about this church meeting that makes it quite clear that this was very much a Daredevil story all along. In fact if I had to make a guess I'd say that one of the people gathered together at this meeting is the newest host of the little demon baby creature that has now made an appearance in a couple of the stories, and of course the man who exposes Matt's presence to the others is the most likely suspect. This issue also offers up a character who is more directly linked to Matt Murdock, as his marriage to Milla Donovan moves on to centre stage, as this issue's storyteller is Milla's best friend who we learn was on hand to serve as a witness at the marriage ceremony. This issue also gives us a better look at the marriage itself which is something that really hasn't gotten much attention, as I rather enjoyed the back and forth exchange where we see Milla and her friend discuss her impending marriage to Daredevil. I also loved the scene where we see this woman details how Daredevil and the demon creature entered her life, as there's a great little character moment where we see her describe the phone call that she received from her daughter, and the mental anguish that followed as she waits for news. The discovery that this woman makes later in her daughter's room was also a deeply unsettling moment that nicely underscored how truly evil this demon-like creature is. The scene where Matt's presence in the room is brought out into the open was also extremely well done, as the slow reveal of this scene was a near perfect presentation of this ability. In the end this was my favourite chapter of this arc, as it nicely heighten the tension level in the room, and it leaves us in a very interesting place.
This issue offers up some lovely examples of Alex Maleev's ability to bring a sense of realism to these pages, as the double page shot of Matt Murdock's marriage is a wonderful piece of art, and the scene later in the issue where Daredevil arrives holding the unconscious body of the young woman that he rescued was a great looking heroic shot. I also loved the idea that during the conversation sequence where Milla discusses her impending marriage, the art offers up visual indicators that the character is actually fidgeting while she talks, as we see her playing with her glass. There's also a lovely panel where we see Alex Maleev actually manages to visually expressed the idea that Milla has overheard her friend's phone conversation. However the visual highlight of the issue would have to be the scene where the mother enters her daughter's room and makes her discovery, as there's actually something more unsettling about the idea that we don't actually see what the young girl did to herself, as one's imagination makes it far worse. The final page is also a nice image to carry readers into the next issue.
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