Mav’s Comic Roundup
by Mike “Mav” Grandizio
Daredevil comic takes on a real world villain, Cancer.
Over the years Daredevil has fought many villains, from the Kingpin to Stilt-Man, to Bullseye but recently the most fierce battle in the book isn’t being fought by the blind lawyer turned crime fighter at all, it’s being fought by his partner. It’s a battle many know all too well, and it’s a battle he may not win. Foggy Nelson, the longtime law partner, best friend and often comic foil of Matt Murdoch (Daredevil’s secret identity) was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a very rare (in adults) form of bone cancer.
This isn’t the first time real life dilemmas have found its way into the world of comic books, however it is rare that Comic Book Superheroes are faced with an evil they can do little about. In the real world there is no magic spell or purple ray that can make cancer go away, and series writer Mark Waid is avoiding minimizing the struggle of people fighting cancer by not relying on some cheap ploy to magically make the cancer go away. Even super scientist and Avenger Hank Pym (Ant Man) admitted to Daredevil in the story that unfortunately “some things are beyond his powers”.
While Foggy is bravely battling through the uncertainty of his diagnosis and treatment, Daredevil himself is struggling with the inability to help his friend when he needs him the most and the fact that the best he can do right now is just be there for his friend. Daredevil’s frustrations echoing a helplessness that many family members struggle with themselves when a loved one valiantly fights the disease.
Adding to the realness of the storyline is the fact that New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich allowed Waid and Marvel to use his name and likeness in the story. Herzlich himself is a Ewing’s survivor who’s story was a part of the press coverage for Super Bowl XLVI.
The storyline is just a few issues old so far, and is running concurrent to Daredevils superhero adventuring as part of the whole story, so theres no telling how long Foggy will be battling cancer, or how the story will turn out. I applaud Marvel for tackling this subject matter, Daredevil is already one of my favorite monthly comics, and the heartfelt realness of this current story will surely keep me on the edge of my seat and rooting for Foggy.
The story began in Daredevil 22 and is currently running through the monthly comic. Issue 24 hitting stands last Wednesday (3/21) You can check it out in your local comic book store or on Comixology. Daredevil is published monthly by Marvel Comics.
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