What If?: What If Karen Page Had Lived? #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Michael Lark Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 29, 2004 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 2
6.7Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

The worst thing that ever happened to Daredevil was watching his one true love Karen Page die in his arms after a brutal attack by his archenemy Bullseye. The events that followed spiraled Matt Murdock's life out of control and he has never recovered. But what would have happened to Daredevil if Karen Page had survived?

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jan 13, 2005

    Fresh from his departure from "Gotham Central" Michael Lark lands on the one title that would be a perfect fit for his photo-realistic style, as if it wasn't for Alex Maleev's equally impressive work on the title, Daredevil would seem to be the ideal home for Michael Lark. Still, this one-shot gives us a good look at what might've been, as Michael Lark gets the opportunity to play in Daredevil's world, starting with a fantastic double-page spread that captures Daredevil's history, and this is followed by an equally impressive one-page shot of Matt enjoying a rare moment of happiness with Karen. This is contrasted by the undeniably powerful shot where Karen lies dead, and I have to say this image packed more visual punch that the actual scene managed to convey in the original story. The shot of where Matt attacks the Kingpin is also quite impressive, as is the shot of Times Square as the city reacts to the news. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jan 5, 2005

    Ultimately, this is one one-shot that I would have preferred to see given a little more room to breathe. With Bendis, the current master of decompression, at the helm, this concept could have found feet as an alternate-reality miniseries in the vein of Powerless as it is, the story merely stands as an engrossing and compelling story, but one which has a sense of being just a little too superficial and too quickly told to make it a classic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Jan 3, 2005

    I like Michael Larks 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. Read Full Review

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