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So, today's Daredevil left Matt between a rock and a hard place and I'm thinking about the way it ended.

Spoilers below! )
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Fandom: Daredevil
Rating: PG
Characters: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson
Words: 3699
Summary: Foggy's got a bad case of cabin fever. Matt's had a rough night. Sometimes a friendly game of Monopoly can make everything better.
Genre: Friendship, Bromance, Angst
Warnings: Mentions of chemo side effects, mentions of suicidal tendencies

Notes:

Thanks to Kathy and Debbie for the beta! Thanks to [profile] green_grrrl at [community profile] little_details on Livejournal for information on how San Francisco’s buildings have changed in the last ten years.

As a kid, I always played Monopoly with a jackpot—won by landing on Free Parking—as did everyone I knew. It was a surprise to me to find out that there actually isn’t such a thing in the official rules.

Timeline: Daredevil Vol. 4, shortly after #4

References: Daredevil, Volume 3, #s 8, 23. Volume 4, #s 2–4

For [personal profile] boywonder

Jackpot )

Way Cool!

Apr. 17th, 2015 04:58 pm
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Had a PM today from someone asking if they could read my latest Daredevil fic over their Youtube channel!



I'll be posting the actual fic momentarily. In other news, I've been seeing a lot more traffic on my DD fics since the Netflix premiere. Guessing that's true for most people.
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Fandom: Batman/Daredevil Crossover
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Matt Murdock
Words: 1057
Summary: When Bruce Wayne finds himself in a bit of legal trouble in New York, he discovers that good attorneys are easy to find, but hard to keep in the dark—even when they're blind!
Genre: Action/Adventure, Crossover, Drama
Warnings: None
Timeline: Daredevil near the end of Volume 1. Batman post-Knightsend, pre-No Man's Land.

Prologue )
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Title: When the Rest of the World Walks Out
Author: [personal profile] dragonbat2006
Fandom: Daredevil
Characters: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, Wilson Fisk, Peter Parker
Rating: T
Genre(s): Hurt/Comfort, Action, Angst, Drama
Spoilers: Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #134, 137, Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #276–8. Daredevil, Vol. 1 #228–9.
Warnings: None, this chapter
Word Count: 5,369
Story Summary: Born Again AU. After the grand jury's ruling is handed down, Foggy can't help wondering if he could have done more. He decides to drop in on Matt and make sure that he's doing all right.
Chapter Summary: While Matt recovers from his injuries, Spider-Man has a big favor to ask.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8

Chapter 9 )
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Title: Bending Toward Justice
Author: [personal profile] dragonbat2006
Fandom: Daredevil
Characters: Matt Murdock, Gwen Stacy, Wilson Fisk, Foggy Nelson, Aleksei Sytsevich, George Stacy
Rating: T
Genre(s): Canon AU, Action, Angst, Drama
Spoilers: Edge of Spider-Verse #2; Man Without Fear #1
Warnings: Canonical Character Deaths
Word Count: 15,021
Story Summary: In a world where Spider-Woman is the only costumed crime-fighter, Matt Murdock works for the Kingpin—and hates himself for doing so. How did things get to this point? And is it too late to turn things around? Spoilers for Edge of Spider-Verse #2

Bending Toward Justice )
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Guys? 25 pages? 13,275 words? Can you encourage a smaller bunny next time?

Well, it's at the betas now.
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Look. I am writing three separate stories right now, one of which is a Daredevil fic. Yes, I know I was annoyed the other day by Matt's portrayal in Edge of the Spider-Verse #2. But dang it all, did you have to start making me see how things could have come to that point? Did you have to give me a concrete 12-point outline for bringing him back to the light, as it were?




...You're going to make me write it too, aren't you?



I hate you.


Sigh.

The only thing worse than having plot-bunnies like you is not having them.


Thanks. I think.
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Title: When the Rest of the World Walks Out
Author: [personal profile] dragonbat2006
Fandom: Daredevil
Characters: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, Wilson Fisk, Peter Parker
Rating: T
Genre(s): Hurt/Comfort, Action, Angst, Drama
Spoilers: Daredevil Vol. 1 #229, Vol. 3 #28, Spectacular Spider-Man #107–110.
Warnings: None, this chapter
Word Count: 5,369
Story Summary: Born Again AU. After the grand jury's ruling is handed down, Foggy can't help wondering if he could have done more. He decides to drop in on Matt and make sure that he's doing all right.
Chapter Summary: Matt's suffered extensive injuries at Kingpin's hands. It's up to the Night Nurse's staff to pull him through—if they can!

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7


Chapter 8 )
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Title: When the Rest of the World Walks Out
Author: [personal profile] dragonbat2006
Fandom: Daredevil
Characters: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, Wilson Fisk, Peter Parker
Rating: T
Genre(s): Hurt/Comfort, Action, Angst, Drama
Spoilers: Man Without Fear #1, Daredevil Vol. 1, Nos. 16, 17, 226, 227, 228
Warnings: None, this chapter
Word Count: 3045
Story Summary: Born Again AU. After the grand jury's ruling is handed down, Foggy can't help wondering if he could have done more. He decides to drop in on Matt and make sure that he's doing all right.
Chapter Summary: Foggy finds out that not all of Matt's friends have abandoned him. Some have just been out of the loop.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6


Chapter 7 )
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Title: When the Rest of the World Walks Out
Author: [personal profile] dragonbat2006
Fandom: Daredevil
Characters: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, Wilson Fisk
Rating: T
Genre(s): Hurt/Comfort, Action
Spoilers: Man Without Fear #1, Daredevil 226, 227, 228
Warnings: Mental breakdown
Word Count: 5002
Story Summary: Born Again AU. After the grand jury's ruling is handed down, Foggy can't help wondering if he could have done more. He decides to drop in on Matt and make sure that he's doing all right.
Chapter Summary: Matt decides that it's time to confront the Kingpin.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5

Chapter 6 )
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Title: When the Rest of the World Walks Out
Author: [personal profile] dragonbat2006
Fandom: Daredevil
Characters: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, Wilson Fisk
Rating: T
Genre(s): Hurt/Comfort, Action
Spoilers: Man Without Fear #1, Daredevil 226, 227, 228
Warnings: Mental breakdown
Word Count: 2798
Story Summary: Born Again AU. After the grand jury's ruling is handed down, Foggy can't help wondering if he could have done more. He decides to drop in on Matt and make sure that he's doing all right.
Chapter Summary: Foggy has a request... but he might end up getting more than he bargained for....

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4

Chapter 5 )
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Title: When the Rest of the World Walks Out
Author: [personal profile] dragonbat2006
Fandom: Daredevil
Characters: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, Wilson Fisk
Rating: T
Genre(s): Hurt/Comfort
Spoilers: Man Without Fear #1, Daredevil 226, 227, 228
Warnings: Mental breakdown
Word Count: 2912
Story Summary: Born Again AU. After the grand jury's ruling is handed down, Foggy can't help wondering if he could have done more. He decides to drop in on Matt and make sure that he's doing all right.
Chapter Summary: Just because the secret's out doesn't make everything smooth sailing...

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

Chapter 4 )
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Title: When the Rest of the World Walks Out
Author: [personal profile] dragonbat2006
Fandom: Daredevil
Characters: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, Wilson Fisk
Rating: T
Genre(s): Hurt/Comfort
Spoilers: Daredevil Vol 1, #228
Warnings: Mental breakdown
Word Count: 2138
Story Summary: Born Again AU. After the grand jury's ruling is handed down, Foggy can't help wondering if he could have done more. He decides to drop in on Matt and make sure that he's doing all right.
Chapter Summary: Matt reacts to Foggy's revelation last chapter.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2

Chapter 3 )
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Title: When the Rest of the World Walks Out
Author: [personal profile] dragonbat2006
Fandom: Daredevil
Characters: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson
Rating: T
Genre(s): Hurt/Comfort
Spoilers: Daredevil Vol 1, #s 203, 227, 228
Warnings: Depression
Word Count: 2090
Story Summary: Born Again AU. After the grand jury's ruling is handed down, Foggy can't help wondering if he could have done more. He decides to drop in on Matt and make sure that he's doing all right.
Chapter Summary: Matt wakes up the next morning and tries to come to grips with yesterday`s events.

Note: I am borrowing heavily from Frank Miller`s portrayal of Matt`s depression in Daredevil, Vol 1, 228. I apologize for any inaccuracies.


Chapter 1

Chapter 2 )
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Title: When the Rest of the World Walks Out
Author: [personal profile] dragonbat2006
Fandom: Daredevil
Characters: Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson
Rating: T
Genre(s): Hurt/Comfort
Spoilers: Daredevil Vol 1, #s 203, 227
Warnings: None
Word Count: 2340
Summary: Born Again AU. After the grand jury's ruling is handed down, Foggy can't help wondering if he could have done more. He decides to drop in on Matt and make sure that he's doing all right.

When the Rest of the World Walks Out )
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Frankly, I wish that DC would copy Marvel more on what's really working: not 'reboots', just updated origins that fit the times. For example, during Batman:Knightfall, Scarecrow sent a booby-trapped VHS cassette to the police. If this were a Marvel property, should a writer need to refer back to that storyline today, the cassette would be retconned to a DVD or blu-ray, or even a download link (complete with a virus or some malware that their MacAfee/Avast couldn't detect...). But there's no need to say 'that story didn't happen. Here's the Nu52 rebooted Scarecrow who NEVER used VHS.'

I don't like Marvel's renumbering, but I can live with it. Especially with a few other key elements that Marvel's currently providing.

Accessible issues. Mark Waid is great at this. I saw this on his Twitter feed yesterday, in fact. In response to a query from a fan:


@MarkWaid I do have a question regarding DD#1. Do I have to have read the previous run to "get it"? I have it in the read pile.



he said:


Never. Never, ever, ever, unless I fail to do my job. Every issue HAS to stand on its own as well as be part of a series.



Not every arc. Every. Issue.

You know something? For whatever reason, I've never been a big Spidey reader. Weird, because I was a huge fan of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends as a kid. I didn't (and don't) dislike the character. I just never really felt I wanted to read more. Well, thanks to Marvel Unlimited, I decided that I wanted to read the Civil War event. When I finished the core books, I started looking at tie-ins, including the Spidey books. And... even though I think the last Spider-Man title I read was either the annual where he and MJ tie the knot or Web of Spider-Man #1, I had absolutely no problem picking up the story. I didn't need to know about the first 45 years. I just dove in and started reading. In other words, while Waid is a great example of what I'm talking about, it's not just Waid. It's Straczyinski (sp?), it's Bendis, it's Soule, it's Brubaker... it's Marvel.

With DC? Half the time, I need to read back issues to follow the plot month to month. Because not only are the stories less accessible... they're less memorable.

Give me serious storylines, but make them easy to follow. Remember to put a little bit of lightness, not necessarily comedy relief (though that's okay too) in to balance the grim-and-gritty. And there's nothing wrong with grim-and-gritty. Daredevil was noir for decades, but every so often, he got to make (or hear!) a joke. (Full disclosure: I started reading DD in the middle of Volume 3. My introduction, unless we count my reading a reprint of his origin years ago, was to Waid's version. I have since gone back and read all the back issues I could get off Comixology and Marvel Unlimited and while I have enjoyed reading the Bendis-Brubaker-Diggle years, I freely acknowledge that I probably enjoyed them as much as I did because I'd already read current DD and knew that as dark and grim as Volume 2 got, there was going to be a brighter day coming.)

Where DC is going wrong is in trying to imitate Marvel's sizzle... but missing the point that the reason for that sizzle is that Marvel remembered to put steak on the grill! And until DC figures that out... their sizzle? Is going to be a lot closer to a hiss.
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Comic strip, yes. Aftermath of Farley's death in "For Better or For Worse." But book, not so much. Today, that changed.

First three pages of Daredevil 36.

Scans under cut! )
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Even an intriguing Batman development isn't hooking me the way Marvel is. I picked up She-Hulk #1 on a lark and... it is so... FUN! DC just isn't anymore. There are some decent stories. There are some intriguing developments. But even the best stuff they're putting out doesn't have me on the edge of my seat, counting down the days to the next issue.

I'm on tenterhooks for Daredevil. I tweeted Chris Samnee because the unlettered preview art for #36 actually tugged at my heart-strings (2nd page. Matt and Foggy in the hospital. Owwwww!) in a good good way. Got a reply back, too, but that's beside the point.

She-Hulk seems to be more of the fun. It's hit the perfect equilibrium between comedy, drama and action, between external and internal conflict. The characters are relatable in a way that DC's aren't. Probably because DC's answer to 'make them relatable' is 'erase most of past canon and start fresh with a blank slate' while Marvel's is 'let's have jumping-on point issues... even if we annoy folks by renumbering, where we update the origins for the 2010s. Matt Murdock now had a computer in college, etc. Explain who these guys are briefly and then get on with the stories.'

When I think back... it seems like Marvel's take is how it should be. I started reading DC in 1988. I bought back issues because I wanted more to read about my favorite characters, but I never felt like I couldn't enjoy Batman or X-Men if I didn't have every single back issue ever. I joined in media res and learned as I went along.

Incidentally, that approach taught me that when I was writing a story, I didn't need to detail up-front every single thing about my characters' appearances, back stories, etc. It was fine to start in the middle and fill in the blanks as necessary.

This hurts. It hurts because the only times I've picked up the odd Marvel issue until about a year and a half ago was when an issue was written by one of a handful of writers I'd told my LCS "Put aside anything these people write and add it to my pull-list. Even if it's just a collection of Hostess Fruit Pie ads." (Very short list. Chris Gage, Gail Simone, Tamora Pierce, and Russell Lissau. The first two because I love most of their work. Tamora Pierce because I'm a fan of her novels and so was onboard for her White Tiger mini. It... wasn't as good as her novels, but it was still decent. Russell Lissau is on my list because he's an all-around nice guy who comes onto message boards and he wrote a Batman story years ago that showed me that his vision of Batman was almost a perfect match for mine. I've liked a lot of his other stuff, too.) I picked up Daredevil on a lark during a slow week when it was "I have maybe 2 or 3 things coming in for my pull-list. The blurb says this is a good jump-on point and I've heard good things about Mark Waid. Yeah, he wrote some JLA stories I've got in trade and I liked those. Let's take a chance."

And now, I'm still not reading much Marvel. I'm nervous about picking up team books with multiple titles, so I'm mostly staying clear of the X-books and A-books. For now. But I'm loving what I am reading and pre-Reboot, I wouldn't have considered picking up a regular non-DC title (barring those 4 writers).

Why isn't DC fun anymore?

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