Oh boy, these pages. Oh boy, this arc. I love that these were made for a hero book called Daredevil, and that Daredevil barely even appears until the last issue of this four-issue arc about Ben Urich investigating a traumatized child. Also: the insert in which JJJ’s dialogue is delivered by his cigar.
It seems to me that, of all the big comics writers of the last however long, Bendis has the foremost eye for working with innovative artists. This arc was shortly before he took over Daredevil with Alex Maleev, which was shortly before he started Alias with Michael Gaydos, making it a very fruitful mid-to-late 2001. His current work on Uncanny X-Menhas featured some of the most creative art of our time from Frazer Irving, Chris Bachalo, and now Marco Rudy.
Daredevil #16 (Wake Up, part one), May 2001. writer: Brian Michael Bendis art: David Mack