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What If Karen Page had Lived?

Posted: Monday, January 3, 2005
By: Michael Deeley



Writer: Brain Bendis
Artist: Michael Lark

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Bendis, sitting in the same diner and seat from What if Jessica Jones had joined the Avengers, tells what might have happened if Karen page, Daredevil’s first true love, was not killed by Bullseye. In this story, Karen barely survives Bullseye’s attack. Matt “Daredevil” Murdock learns Bullseye worked for Mysterio who learned Matt's identity from the Kingpin. Matt “visits” the Kingpin and in a rage, deals him a killing blow. Matt’s life goes downhill from there.

Just like the Jessica Jones issue, Bendis takes too long on the set-up. 8 pages are spent on Daredevil’s origin, Karen’s death, and its aftermath. Now, those events took place in the first issues of the new Daredevil series written by Kevin Smith. They were big sellers and attracted some mainstream attention. It’s safe to say anyone currently reading Daredevil (and that’s a fairly large number), has read those issues. I think a brief retelling of Karen’s death would have sufficed.

Beyond that, the story is similar to what’s happened in Bendis’s Daredevil comics. The media circus, the super-hero trial, and the inevitable downward spiral to the bottom all happen here too. But it’s much, much worse.

So if Karen had lived, she and Matt wouldn’t be together. Matt would still be alone, and in a much worse situation. It makes me think Bendis has some “happy” ending planned for his Daredevil stories. After all, this is an imaginary story, and has nothing to do with Marvel continuity, right?

I like Michael Lark’s art, but his inks seem a little sketchy. The book feels gritty and at the same time a bit vague. Pair him with an inker, and I could see them as he new art team on Daredevil.



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