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* AxCrazy: Nuke, to a frightening degree. See PsychoForHire below.

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* AxCrazy: Nuke, Nuke is the end result of a military project designed to create a super soldier. The procedure twisted his mind and reduced him to a frightening degree. See PsychoForHire below.delusional maniac who will unhesitatingly kill anyone whom he perceives to be a threat to him or his home country.



* BerserkButton: For a crime lord, Fisk is actually a pretty reasonable guy. He listens to his subordinates and considers their advice. But ''don't'' mention his wife.[[note]]Years prior, near the beginning of Miller's DD run, Vanessa became collateral damage in a gang war (literally, that was the title) between Fisk and his rivals. Miller's contemporaneous GN ''Love and War'' details Fisk's efforts to rehabilitate her mind. It's implied that his failure to help her is still getting to him.[[/note]]
* {{BFG}}: Nuke's gun, "Betsy," which he uses to blow away a large portion of Hell's Kitchen.

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* BerserkButton: For a crime lord, Fisk is actually a pretty reasonable guy. He listens to his subordinates and considers their advice. But ''don't'' mention his wife.wife, or he will personally strangle you to death.[[note]]Years prior, near the beginning of Miller's DD run, Vanessa became collateral damage in a gang war (literally, that was the title) between Fisk and his rivals. Miller's contemporaneous GN ''Love and War'' details Fisk's efforts to rehabilitate her mind. It's implied that his failure to help her is still getting to him.[[/note]]
* {{BFG}}: Nuke's Nuke carries a massive gun, "Betsy," which he uses to blow away a large portion of Hell's Kitchen.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Matt's been disbarred and still hasn't reconciled with Foggy, but he's recovered from the trauma inflicted on him throughout the story and is shown to be happy together with Karen. On the flip side, the Kingpin manages to escape legal consequences for his actions, but the Daily Bugle's exposé ruins his attempts at creating a legitimate public image for himself and undermines control of his criminal empire.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Matt Murdock ''is'' this trope. During his rehabilitation in the Catholic mission, he relives the ''terrifyingly painful'' early days of acclimating to his new senses.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Matt's been disbarred and still hasn't reconciled with Foggy, but he's recovered from the trauma inflicted on him throughout the story and is shown to be happy together with Karen. On the flip side, the Kingpin manages to escape legal consequences for his actions, but the Daily Bugle's exposé expos&eacute ruins his attempts at creating a legitimate public image for himself and undermines control of his criminal empire.]]
* BlessedWithSuck: Matt Murdock ''is'' this trope. During his Murdock's rehabilitation in the Catholic mission, he relives the ''terrifyingly painful'' early days of acclimating to his new senses.senses. Though he is able to hear and smell far-away objects with uncanny precision, he soon picks up unpleasant essences and suffers from deafeningly loud noises, being overwhelmed to the point he can barely sleep.



* {{Determinator}}: Murdock. Loses everything, including his right to practice law, becomes a paranoid wreck and is badly beaten and left to die by the Kingpin -- and he just keeps coming back.
* DeusExMachina: The sudden appearance of the Avengers (or at least, Cap, Thor and Iron Man) in the final issue may seem like this. [[invoked]][[FridgeBrilliance Or it's merely more evidence]] of the tightly-bound and frankly overlapping nature of the Marvel Universe's superhero community since a major attack on a New York neighborhood would logically trigger a response from the other superheroes in the city.
* DirtyCop: Subverted and played straight. NYPD Lieutenant Nick Manolis, who framed Murdock initially, needed money to [[spoiler:pay for an operation to save his son. He tries to set it right, but that didn't turn out well for him]]. Other dirty cops are willing to ''kill'' for the Kingpin.
* EasilyForgiven: Let's face it, Karen Page is. Sure, she deeply regrets it, but the fact still stands that she has sold DD's identity. He never whispers a single reproach at her for it.
* EmphasizeEverything: It's Frank Miller. Even at his best he falls for this.
* EvilIsPetty: Very, very, very petty. Kingpin goes above and beyond to try to ruin Murdock's life.

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* {{Determinator}}: Murdock. Loses Murdock loses everything, including his right to practice law, becomes a paranoid wreck and is badly beaten and left to die by the Kingpin -- and he just keeps coming back.
* DeusExMachina: The sudden appearance of the Avengers (or at least, Cap, Thor and Iron Man) in the final issue may seem like this. [[invoked]][[FridgeBrilliance Or it's merely more evidence]] of the tightly-bound and frankly overlapping nature of the Marvel Universe's superhero community since a major attack on a New York neighborhood would logically trigger a response from the other superheroes in the city.
* DirtyCop: Subverted and played straight.
DirtyCop:
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NYPD Lieutenant Nick Manolis, who framed Murdock initially, needed money to [[spoiler:pay for an operation to save his son. He tries to set it right, but that didn't turn out well for him]]. Other
** A group of
dirty cops are willing to ''kill'' for bribed by the Kingpin.
Kingpin and kill one of his former subordinates when she agrees to testify against him.
* EasilyForgiven: Let's face it, Murdock's life is ruined as a direct result of Karen Page is. Sure, she deeply regrets it, but the fact still stands that she has sold DD's selling his secret identity. He When they reunite, he notices her decrepit state and embraces her, never whispers whispering a single reproach at her for it.
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it. By the end of the story, [[spoiler:it's implied that the two will resume their relationship]].
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EmphasizeEverything: It's Frank Miller. Even at his best he falls for this.
* EvilIsPetty: Very, very, very petty. Kingpin is told that Matt Murdock is secretly a superhero, whose actions have barely impacted the profit of his previous crimes. Even though the criminal is unsure of this information, he goes above and beyond to try to ruin Murdock's life.life to confirm it.



* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: Literally -- a genetically engineered character named ''Nuke'' is a major antagonist in the third act of the book.
* GoodShepherd: A female version in Sister Maggie (who may or may not be, to this day, Matt's real mother) who takes care of Murdock after he's injured.

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* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: Literally -- a A genetically engineered character named ''Nuke'' is a major antagonist in the third act of the book.
book. His actions alone lead to the deaths of hundreds of innocents in Hell's Kitchen.
* GoodShepherd: A female version in Sister Maggie (who may or may not be, to this day, Matt's real mother) Maggie, who takes care of Murdock after he's injured.



* ManipulativeBastard: Guess who? Most blatant example is his manipulation of Nuke, pretending to be a loyal patriot struggling against a traitor named Daredevil.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Guess who? Most of the conflict originates from Kingpin's ability to influence numerous prominent figures, including higher-ups in the police, army and the IRS, by means of bribes, threats or even simple lies. One of the most blatant example examples is his manipulation of the mentally unstable Nuke, pretending to whom he pretends to be a loyal patriot struggling against a traitor named Daredevil.



* OrgyOfEvidence: Matt is deeply troubled by the way his life is unraveling around him and doesn't know if its paranoid to think that maybe someone is out to get him. Then his home blows up.

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* OrgyOfEvidence: Matt is deeply troubled by the way his life is unraveling around him and doesn't know if its it's paranoid to think that maybe someone is out to get him. Then his home blows up.



* PhoneyCall: A chilling moment in the second issue: Matt, at the end of his rope after having just attacked a cop, calls Foggy, begging for help because there's something wrong with his mind. On Matt's end of the conversation, we hear him being reluctantly persuaded that everyone really is working for the Kingpin, including the cop, and that Matt should go challenge the Kingpin right now. As he walks away from the phone, we hear the time recording coming from the speaker.

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* PhoneyCall: A chilling moment in the second issue: Matt, at the end of his rope after having just attacked a cop, calls Foggy, begging for help because there's something wrong with his mind. On Matt's end of the conversation, we hear him being reluctantly persuaded that everyone really is working for the Kingpin, including the cop, and that Matt should go challenge the Kingpin right now. As he walks away from the phone, we hear the time recording coming from the speaker.



* PsychoForHire: Kingpin hires two in his steadily more desperate attempts to kill off Matt; Nuke and the CostumeCopycat of Daredevil. Neither of them end up doing the job, and ends up exposing him to legal scrutiny.
* PsychoSerum: Nuke's pills. "GIVE ME A RED!"
* RaisedCatholic: If you didn't already know Matt Murdock was, this story beats you over the head with it. In a [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools good]] way.

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* PsychoForHire: Kingpin hires two in his steadily more desperate attempts to kill off Matt; Nuke and the CostumeCopycat of Daredevil. Neither of them end up doing the job, and ends end up exposing him to legal scrutiny.
* PsychoSerum: Nuke's pills. "GIVE ME A RED!"
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Nuke is addicted to his "red pills", which increase his adrenaline levels at the cost of making him even more deranged than he already is.
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RaisedCatholic: If you didn't already know Matt Murdock was, this story beats you over the head with it. In a [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools good]] way.it.



* RewatchBonus: [[spoiler:Go back to the part where Maggie prays over Matt after you find out she might be his mother. Try not to get choked up. You will fail.]]
* RousingSpeech: Played with by Miller. After Ben Urich is intimidated into silence by the Kingpin's goons, J. Jonah Jameson (Yes, of Franchise/SpiderMan fame, displaying HiddenDepths) gives an incredible speech explaining how important it is that the Bugle expose the Kingpin for what he is despite the potential consequences. Urich is unmoved at first. He later decides to pursue the story, but the speech isn't portrayed as an important factor in his decision.

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* RewatchBonus: [[spoiler:Go back to the part where Maggie prays over Matt after you find out she might be his mother. Try not to get choked up. You will fail.]]
* RousingSpeech: Played with by Miller.with. After Ben Urich is intimidated into silence by the Kingpin's goons, J. Jonah Jameson (Yes, of (of Franchise/SpiderMan fame, displaying HiddenDepths) gives an incredible speech explaining how important it is that the Bugle expose the Kingpin for what he is despite the potential consequences. Urich is unmoved at first. He later decides to pursue the story, but the speech isn't portrayed as an important factor in his decision.



** Also Comicbook/CaptainAmerica. Nearly every character -- even the crazed Nuke -- practically salutes in his presence -- except Murdock, who's more annoyed that Cap is interfering in his private war against Fisk.

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** Also Comicbook/CaptainAmerica. Nearly every character -- even the crazed Nuke -- practically salutes in his presence -- except Murdock, who's more annoyed that Cap is interfering in his private war against Fisk.



* TookALevelInBadass: Turk Barrett, a minor criminal introduced in Daredevil #69, manages to stab Matt Murdock. Admittedly, at the moment Matt had pneumonia and his mental health was in tatters.


* AxCrazy: Nuke, to a frighting degree. See PsychoForHire below.

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* AxCrazy: Nuke, to a frighting frightening degree. See PsychoForHire below.


* EvilIsPetty: Very, very, very petty. Kingpin goes above and beyond to try to ruin Murdok's life.

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* EvilIsPetty: Very, very, very petty. Kingpin goes above and beyond to try to ruin Murdok's Murdock's life.



* RousingSpeech: Played with by Miller. After Ben Urich is intimidated into silence by the Kingpin's goons, J. Jonah Jameson (Yes, of Franchise/SpiderMan fame) gives an incredible speech explaining how important it is that the Bugle expose the Kingpin for what he is despite the potential consequences. Urich is unmoved at first. He later decides to pursue the story, but the speech isn't portrayed as an important factor in his decision.

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* RousingSpeech: Played with by Miller. After Ben Urich is intimidated into silence by the Kingpin's goons, J. Jonah Jameson (Yes, of Franchise/SpiderMan fame) fame, displaying HiddenDepths) gives an incredible speech explaining how important it is that the Bugle expose the Kingpin for what he is despite the potential consequences. Urich is unmoved at first. He later decides to pursue the story, but the speech isn't portrayed as an important factor in his decision.


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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Matt's been disbarred and still hasn't reconciled with Foggy, but he's recovered from the trauma inflicted on him throughout the story and is shown to be happy together with Karen. On the flip side, the Kingpin manages to escape legal consequences for his actions, but the Daily Bugle's exposé ruins his attempts at creating a legitimate public image for himself and undermines control of his criminal empire.]]



* RousingSpeech: Played with by Miller. After Ben Urich is intimidated into silence by the Kingpin's goons, J. Jonah Jameson (Yes, of Franchise/SpiderMan fame) gives an incredible speech explaining how important it is that the Bugle expose the Kingpin for what he is despite the potential consequences. Urich is unmoved at first. He later decides to pursue the story, but the speech isn't portrayed as an important factor in his decision.


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* RousingSpeech: Played with by Miller. After Ben Urich is intimidated into silence by the Kingpin's goons, J. Jonah Jameson (Yes, of Franchise/SpiderMan fame) gives an incredible speech explaining how important it is that the Bugle expose the Kingpin for what he is despite the potential consequences. Urich is unmoved at first. He later decides to pursue the story, but the speech isn't portrayed as an important factor in his decision.

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* TheBusCameBack: This story marked the return of Karen Page after a seven-year absence, her previous appearance being in issue #138.


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* GrandFinale: For Creator/FrankMiller's run on ''Daredevil.''


* CutLexLuthorACheck: Deconstructed. Fisk is trying to expand into legitimate businesses and be a VillainWithGoodPublicity, but his vendetta against Daredevil is costing him money and putting that ambition in jeopardy. The first crony to try and point that out to him is "bought out" and later has both his legs broken off-panel; the second is murdered by Fisk then and there. Fisk is ''trying'' to turn his criminal genius to more acceptable enterprises, but his obsession with Daredevil and his violent instincts keep overriding his sense.

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* CutLexLuthorACheck: Deconstructed.{{Deconstruction}}. Fisk is trying to expand into legitimate businesses and be a VillainWithGoodPublicity, but his vendetta against Daredevil is costing him money and putting that ambition in jeopardy. The first crony to try and point that out to him is "bought out" and later has both his legs broken off-panel; the second is murdered by Fisk then and there. Fisk is ''trying'' to turn his criminal genius to more acceptable enterprises, but his obsession with Daredevil and his violent instincts keep overriding his sense.


* PietaPlagiarism: The splash page where Maggie the nun is holding a badly injured Matt has them in a pietà pose. Unlike some other examples in superhero comics, the comparison to Jesus and Mary is well justified here, since Matt's "rebirth" has parallels to Jesus's resurrection, and we find out Maggie actually is his mother.

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* PietaPlagiarism: The splash page where Maggie the nun is holding a badly injured Matt has them in a pietà pose. Unlike some other examples in superhero comics, the comparison to Jesus and Mary is well justified here, since Matt's "rebirth" has parallels to Jesus's resurrection, and we find out Maggie [[spoiler:Maggie actually is his mother.mother]].


* PietaPlagiarism: The splash page where Maggie the nun is holding a badly injured Matt has them in a pietà pose, Unlike some other examples in comics, the comparison to Jesus and Mary is well justified here, since Matt's "rebirth" is juxtaposed with Jesus's resurrection, and we find out Maggie actually is his mother.

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* PietaPlagiarism: The splash page where Maggie the nun is holding a badly injured Matt has them in a pietà pose, pose. Unlike some other examples in superhero comics, the comparison to Jesus and Mary is well justified here, since Matt's "rebirth" is juxtaposed with has parallels to Jesus's resurrection, and we find out Maggie actually is his mother.

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* PietaPlagiarism: The splash page where Maggie the nun is holding a badly injured Matt has them in a pietà pose, Unlike some other examples in comics, the comparison to Jesus and Mary is well justified here, since Matt's "rebirth" is juxtaposed with Jesus's resurrection, and we find out Maggie actually is his mother.


%%* AxCrazy: see PsychoForHire below.
%%* BattleaxeNurse: Lois.

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%%* * AxCrazy: see Nuke, to a frighting degree. See PsychoForHire below.
%%* * BattleaxeNurse: Lois.Lois, Kingpin's enforcer who dresses as a nurse and is built like a truck.



%%* {{BFG}}: Nuke's gun "Betsy".

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%%* * {{BFG}}: Nuke's gun "Betsy".gun, "Betsy," which he uses to blow away a large portion of Hell's Kitchen.


%%* PsychoSerum: "GIVE ME A RED!"

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%%* * PsychoSerum: Nuke's pills. "GIVE ME A RED!"



* RewatchBonus: [[spoiler:Go back to the part where Maggie prays over Matt after you find out she's his mother. Try not to get choked up. You will fail.]]

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* RewatchBonus: [[spoiler:Go back to the part where Maggie prays over Matt after you find out she's she might be his mother. Try not to get choked up. You will fail.]]



%%* SociopathicSoldier: Nuke.

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%%* * SociopathicSoldier: Nuke.Nuke. Genetically modified supersoilder -- who is also completely insane and needs a steady intake of drugs just to function.


%%* DespairEventHorizon: Ben Urich crosses this thanks to Lois.
%%* {{Determinator}}: Murdock.

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%%* * DespairEventHorizon: Ben Urich crosses this thanks briefly when one of Kingpin's enforcers breaks his fingers and tortures the man he was about to Lois.
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interview in front of him.
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{{Determinator}}: Murdock.Murdock. Loses everything, including his right to practice law, becomes a paranoid wreck and is badly beaten and left to die by the Kingpin -- and he just keeps coming back.



* DoNotGoGentle[=/=]RousingSpeech: Played with by Miller. After Ben Urich is intimidated into silence by the Kingpin's goons, J. Jonah Jameson (Yes, of Franchise/SpiderMan fame) gives an incredible speech explaining how important it is that the Bugle expose the Kingpin for what he is despite the potential consequences. Urich is unmoved at first. He later decides to pursue the story, but the speech isn't portrayed as an important factor in his decision.

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* DoNotGoGentle[=/=]RousingSpeech: RousingSpeech: Played with by Miller. After Ben Urich is intimidated into silence by the Kingpin's goons, J. Jonah Jameson (Yes, of Franchise/SpiderMan fame) gives an incredible speech explaining how important it is that the Bugle expose the Kingpin for what he is despite the potential consequences. Urich is unmoved at first. He later decides to pursue the story, but the speech isn't portrayed as an important factor in his decision.



%%* EvilIsPetty: Very, very, very petty.
%%* {{Frameup}}: The gist of the Kingpin's plan.
%%* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: Literally.

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%%* * EvilIsPetty: Very, very, very petty.petty. Kingpin goes above and beyond to try to ruin Murdok's life.
* {{Frameup}}: The gist of the Kingpin's initial plan -- he gets Matt Murdock disbarred from his law practice due to bogus testimony from a cop in his pocket, among other things. Later on, Kingpin attempts to frame Daredevil by killing his friends with a lunatic dressed in his costume. Unfortunately for Kingpin, Daredevil was onto him from the beginning, takes out the lunatic no problem and gets a new costume out of the deal.

%%* {{Frameup}}: The gist of the Kingpin's plan.
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* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: Literally.Literally -- a genetically engineered character named ''Nuke'' is a major antagonist in the third act of the book.



* GoneHorriblyRight: Fisk destroys Matt's entire life in the ''very first issue'' of the story. Then Matt strolls into Fisk's office, gets his crap handed to him, and Fisk tries to kill him in the East River. When they don't find a body, Fisk realises Matt's alive, With nothing to lose, and [[OhCrap coming for him]]. After all, a man without ''hope'' is a man without ''fear''.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: Fisk destroys Matt's entire life in the ''very first issue'' of the story. Then Matt strolls into Fisk's office, gets his crap handed to him, and Fisk tries to kill him in the East River. When they don't find a body, Fisk realises realizes Matt's alive, With nothing to lose, and [[OhCrap coming for him]]. After all, a man without ''hope'' is a man without ''fear''.



%%* PsychoForHire: Nuke and [[spoiler:the CostumeCopycat of Daredevil.]]

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%%* * PsychoForHire: Kingpin hires two in his steadily more desperate attempts to kill off Matt; Nuke and [[spoiler:the the CostumeCopycat of Daredevil.]]Daredevil. Neither of them end up doing the job, and ends up exposing him to legal scrutiny.


1986 was a big year for Creator/FrankMiller. In between the [[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns other]] [[ComicBook/BatmanYearOne stuff]], he also happened to write this: an overlooked classic and swan-song to his hugely influential 1979-83 stint on the character. The story goes like this: Karen Page, the love of Matt Murdock's life, now a [[BrokenPedestal washed-up and coked-out adult film star]], sells his secret identity for a fix. Said information, as good as gold, makes its way to no less than the Kingpin of Crime, Wilson Fisk. Who proceeds to "test" the information -- by [[ForTheEvulz completely ruining Murdock's life.]]

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1986 was a big year for Creator/FrankMiller. In between the [[ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns other]] [[ComicBook/BatmanYearOne stuff]], he also happened to write this: an overlooked instant classic and swan-song to his hugely influential 1979-83 stint on the character. The story goes like this: Karen Page, the love of Matt Murdock's life, now a [[BrokenPedestal washed-up and coked-out adult film star]], sells his secret identity for a fix. Said information, as good as gold, makes its way to no less than the Kingpin of Crime, Wilson Fisk. Who proceeds to "test" the information -- by [[ForTheEvulz completely ruining Murdock's life.]]


* VillainousBreakdown: Fisk undergoes a subtle one over the course of the story after he learns that Murdock is still alive. It's very clear that he's becoming quite unhinged, culminating in Fisk sending the [[PsychoForHire psychotic]] Nuke to Hell's Kitchen and making him shoot up the place to draw Matt out.

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* VillainousBreakdown: Fisk undergoes a subtle one over the course of the story after he learns that Murdock is still alive. It's very clear that he's becoming quite unhinged, culminating in Fisk sending the [[PsychoForHire psychotic]] Nuke Nuke]] to Hell's Kitchen and making him shoot up the place to draw Matt out.

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