Worlds Collide – Chapter Nine: Daredevil/Batman

The Cast: Daredevil, Batman, Two-Face, Mr. Hyde

The Catalyst: Violent tech robberies in Gotham and New York spell nothing good, especially as all signs point to Two-Face and Mr. Hyde as the culprits.

The Convergence: A stolen Neural Net, experimental in nature, leads Batman to New York where he finds Daredevil hot on the trail of some crooks which in turn leads the two heroes to have a quick tussle as these things usually do. An uneasy truce is made for neither man seems to like the other so that they might find the villains of the piece whom they learn is Two-Face and Mr. Hyde.

The Critique: Labeled as an Elseworlds book, this crossover between the World’s Greatest Detective and the Guardian of Hell’s Kitchen was decent enough but there were times where it would flit between being interesting and bland which did not do it any favours. With what should have been a surefire hit was instead nothing altogether special despite those instances where writer D.G. Chichester would inject a bit of history or a little attitude. The scene which looks back upon Matt Murdock’s time as a law student with Harvey Dent was perfect and would have made a great miniseries in and of itself, something that immediately sparked the imagination of the reader while the closing scene of Bruce Wayne telling Murdock to stay out of Gotham ended the book on the best note possible. Sadly, most of what took place in-between was not as good, though once the action got going, it managed to pick up the pace a little if nothing else. That dynamic between Murdock and Dent would play into the book later on as the good guys would battle the bad guys, one man appealing to the other to dig deep and at the very least, partially redeem himself but it would not last for very long. The artwork by Scott McDaniel and Derek Fisher was appropriately moody and really helped to nail down the feel of the book, giving it just a touch of noir so that slight edge it had, became razor sharp. The only problem it had was the story itself of stolen tech, while slightly fitting and playing into Dent’s character, simply did not make the book sing as it should have and thus made it a slight chore to get through at times. It was an intriguing experience with a few bright moments but in the end, would not leave much of an impression.

The Credits: D.G. Chichester – Writer, Scott McDaniel – Artist, Derek Fisher – Inker, Gregory Wright and Digital Chameleon – Colours, Bill Oakley – Letters

Companies Involved: Marvel Comics, DC Comics

Chronology: January, 1997

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