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Appearing in "Apocalypse"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #227.

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Synopsis for "Apocalypse"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #227.

Karen Page, the former secretary of the Nelson & Murdock law offices and the ex-girlfriend of Matt Murdock from long ago, had left years earlier to pursue an acting career. After a brief period of success, however, her life takes a turn for the worse, as she becomes a heroin addict and gets reduced to starring in pornographic films in Mexico. Strapped for cash, she sells the information that Matt Murdock is Daredevil for just a single shot of heroin. After a long process, this information is eventually sold upward to New York, all the way to the Kingpin. Kingpin tells his assistant, Wesley, to follow up on this.

Meanwhile, Matt Murdock wakes up one morning to find that things just can't seem to go right for him. Over the course of the next six months, the Kingpin uses his influence to have the IRS freeze Murdock's accounts, the bank foreclose on his apartment, and police lieutenant Nicholas Manolis testify that he saw Murdock pay a witness to perjure himself. That night, Matt goes out as Daredevil and shows up at Manolis' house. Daredevil tries to talk with him, but Nicholas tries to throw him out and attacks him. Daredevil knocks him down and leaves. Once Daredevil is gone, Manolis calls the Kingpin to let him know that he'll continue playing along, but that his son needs treatment for his condition soon, Manolis apparently being bribed by Kingpin.

By coincidence, Murdock's girlfriend, Glorianna, breaks up with him and turns to dating his law partner and best friend, Foggy Nelson, on the rebound. This makes Matt even more depressed. Coming home, Matt watches from the sidewalk as his apartment blows up in front of him. Finding his destroyed costume in the wreckage, Matt deduces that the Kingpin must be behind all of this.

Appearing in "Purgatory"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #228.

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Synopsis for "Purgatory"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #228.

In the midst of Daredevil's initial investigations in to who has completely ruined his life, he uncovers that Manolis is helping another person to frame Murdock for all of his transgressions in exchange for medical treatments for his son, but Murdock is unable to find out who is truly the mastermind behind the frame up and is unwilling to turn Manolis in to the authorities by himself. An exceptional legal defense by Foggy Nelson saves Murdock from a jail term, though he is still subsequently barred from practicing law. His initial plan partially foiled, the Kingpin decides to have Murdock's apartment firebombed as revenge, leaving his costume in the wreckage to show that he knows his secret identity and is responsible for his recent trials. He also gives out the order to have anyone else who handled the information on Daredevil's identity killed. However, Karen Page eludes Fisk's assassins and makes her way to New York in order to find Murdock and get over her ailment.

Appearing in "Pariah"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #229.

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Synopsis for "Pariah"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #229.

Matt Murdock is now homeless thanks to what the Kingpin did to him, and after a while he begins suffering from paranoia and extreme aggression. All the while, he is continuously followed by the Kingpin's subordinates, who also provide the Kingpin with frequent updates on Murdock's mental state, as Fisk has become obsessed with the fruits of his scheme to destroy Murdock. Driven by thoughts of revenge himself, Murdock finally confronts the Kingpin in his office, and in the end is brutally beaten by the crime lord to the point where people think him dead, though he is still alive. To avoid an investigation into his apparent death, the unconscious Murdock is drenched in whiskey by the Kingpin and strapped into a stolen taxi cab, which is then pushed into the East River. Before it can crash in the water; however, Murdock regains consciousness, breaks out of the cab, and swims to safety. Badly injured, he stumbles through Hell's Kitchen, eventually finding his way to the gym where his father Battlin' Jack once trained as a boxer. There he is found by his mother, who, having not been in Matt's life for several decades, has become a nun at a local church. She nurses him back to health as they rekindle their love.

Appearing in "Born Again"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #230.

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Synopsis for "Born Again"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #230.

While Daredevil is recovering from his injuries, Murdock's confidant, Ben Urich, a Daily Bugle reporter, is investigating his friend's plight and starts to stand vigil with Nick Manolis as his son is taken it for surgery for his terminal illness. When his son finally dies, Manolis decides to confess to Urich about the frameup and his suspicions that the Kingpin was the mastermind behind it. Nurse Lois, a crime enforcer assigned by the Kingpin to monitor Manolis and make sure he does not step out of line, responds by breaking Urich's fingers and beating Manolis nearly to death. When an unintimidated Manolis calls Urich from his hospital bed, Lois breaks into his room and strangles him, laying the receiver on his bed so Urich can hear his murder as it occurs. Rather than cowering him into submission, this goads Urich to finally come forward with his investigation, alerting his paper and the authorities of the situation at hand.

Appearing in "Saved"

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Daredevil #231.

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Synopsis for "Saved"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #231.

Following Manolis' death, Karen Page finally arrives safely in New York, having hitched a ride with a pornography fanatic and huge Karen Page fan named Paulo Scorcese, who keeps her supplied with heroin in exchange for sexual favors for him. She then contacts Foggy Nelson to ask about Murdock's whereabouts. When he realizes that Paulo has been beating her, he soon insists on taking her into his home to protect her from the addict. To draw Murdock out of hiding, he arranges for a violent mental patient to be released from an asylum, dress up as Daredevil and kill Nelson. Nurse Lois is ordered to relocate so that she cannot implicate him, but she rebels and attempts to kill Urich on her own merit. Meanwhile, at Foggy's apartment, Karen is shocked to find that Paulo has tracked her to Foggy's apartment.

Murdock, who has been shadowing Urich since hearing of the articles he is writing on the Kingpin's treachery, knocks out Lois and leaves her for the authorities. He then overhears a phone call to Urich which tips him off to the plot to kill Nelson. At the same time, Page spots Scorcese once again stalking Nelson's apartment building for Karen. To prevent his killing Nelson and her, she runs outside to meet him, and they are attacked by hitmen who the Kingpin has ordered to kill anyone who emerges from the building (since they likely know he is Daredevil). The Daredevil imposter soon arrives to find Murdock waiting for him. Murdock defeats the imposter and Paulo, and saves Page. Page confesses that she was the one who gave away his secret identity, but Murdock tells her he has moved beyond the loss of his material possessions. They move into a derelict apartment, where Murdock helps her through heroin withdrawal while supporting them as a diner chef.

Appearing in "God and Country"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #232.

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Synopsis for "God and Country"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #232.

As Urich writes the stories, the Kingpin becomes increasingly obsessed with killing Murdock, and eventually he uses his military connections to procure an maniacal American super soldier named Frank Simpson, or Nuke. Meanwhile, Nuke, on an assignment in Nicaragua, jumps out of his attack helicopter and opens fire on a military base. After killing everyone there, Nuke is informed by his pilot of Kingpin's business proposition. Nuke heads for New York.

Regaining consciousness and getting brought in to the authorities, Nurse Lois offers to testify against the Kingpin in exchange for a reduced sentence, but Fisk instead has her killed by a Daily Bugle reporter sent to supposedly interview her. During an interview Ben Urich is leading, protected by officer Hegerfors, the reporter opens fire, and only Ben survives the firefight. Meanwhile, having failed to draw Murdock out of hiding, the Kingpin meets with Nuke and tries to deceive Nuke by telling him that Daredevil is un-patriotic. After their meeting, Kingpin orders Nuke to make a general flat-out assault on Hell's Kitchen in an attempt to lure out Daredevil. Later, Nuke's pilot flies him into a populated area where Nuke shoots down dozens of civilians and destroys the diner where Murdock used to work. Murdock avoids the destruction, and leaves to suit up. Appearing as Daredevil for the first time since his apartment was destroyed, Murdock is left with no choice but to fight Nuke head-on in order to avoid more civilian deaths.

Appearing in "Armageddon"

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Daredevil #233.

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Synopsis for "Armageddon"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Daredevil #233.

As everyone watches in horror, Nuke continues to fire bullets and missiles off randomly throughout Hell's Kitchen. Daredevil dives clear just as one of Nuke's missiles collides with the water tower next to him. He hen begins dodging the bullets coming at him from Nuke's helicopter. Finally, Daredevil catches up with Nuke on a rooftop, and the two begin to fight. Nuke clubs Daredevil several times with his gun, but Daredevil manages to do some damage. Daredevil tries to take out some of his pressure points and muscles, but finds that he's too strong, and that his blows are ineffective. On the verge of being beaten, Daredevil kicks Nuke off of the roof, where Nuke lands on some power lines, and gets electrocuted. He then falls out of those, and lands on top of a car. As he lands, he fires a missile up a Daredevil. Daredevil dodges, and the missile explodes to his side. Having doe off of the roof to avoid the missile, Daredevil lands on top of Nuke, who is on the parked car. Daredevil then dives off of the car, just as it explodes. Daredevil watches in horror as Nuke walks out of the blaze, on fire. Daredevil Daredevil grabs Nuke, and holds him up against a pole. Suddenly, Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor are there, saving innocents. Captain America is rescuing victims from the fire, and he tells Thor to make a thunderstorm. Thor does, and it begins to rain, putting out fires. The rain puts out the fire on Nuke, who is begging for one of his white pills. Iron Man tells Daredevil to stand down, and let them take Nuke.

Once the Avengers arrest Nuke, Daredevil leaves. Later, Matt visits the nunnery, which has been made into a makeshift hospital, until all the victims of Nuke's attack can get real medical help. Matt meets Karen inside, but detects Captain America's heartbeat, and leaves. Matt meets Cap on the roof, and Cap asks who Nuke is. Matt tells him that he doesn't know, and asks why Cap didn't ask his employers who Nuke was. As Matt leaves, Captain America becomes disturbed by the fact that Nuke has a USA flag tattooed on his face, and starts to investigate his background. When the military authorities give him rather evasive answers, Cap breaks into top secret records and discovers Nuke is the only surviving test subject of an attempt to recreate Project Rebirth, the project that enhanced the Captain's own body and made him the super-soldier. Meanwhile, Nuke breaks free from custody in the same base, and goes on a killing spree through the base. He is stopped by Captain America, who knocks him through a window. Together, they fall out of the building, and smash through a roof, landing inside a building. As Cap attempts to make it to the room with Nuke in tow, the Kingpin arrives, and gives the order to kill Nuke. Cap and Nuke get shot at by one of the military's helicopters, but Daredevil arrives, and pushes them out of the way. As they try to get out of the way of the bullets, Nuke is shot fatally. Daredevil, having heard word of Nuke's escape while stealing money from criminals to rebuild the diner that was destroyed during Nuke's attack, finds Cap and Nuke on the rooftop. Daredevil dives and knocks them out of thew ay of oncoming bullets, and grabs Nuke from Captain America and takes him to the Daily Bugle, hoping to get him to testify about the Kingpin. However, he is not fast enough to get there, and Nuke dies before he can provide any evidence. Daredevil lays Nuke's body on a desk inside the Bugle, in front of the stunned employees.

Trying to get Nuke back from Daredevil, Captain America instead stumbles upon one of the hitmen sent to kill Nuke and Daredevil. The hitman names the Kingpin as being behind Nuke's assault on Hell's Kitchen, setting off a wave of lawsuits and murders. The Kingpin is able to fight off pretty much all the charges, but his public image as an honest and respectable businessman is finally shattered, and his lieutenants lose confidence in him. His obsession unabated, he disregards Captain America's role and once again plans for revenge on Murdock instead. But Murdock has different plans, and he is living in Hell's Kitchen content with his new life with Karen and his vow to fight for justice in his neighborhood and the Man Without Fear - Born Again.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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