Rampage (UK) #3 (Story 1)

 Title: Rampage (UK)
 Posted: Mar 2012
 Staff: The Editor (E-Mail)


This is the second of the three short stories in this issue. There's no Spider-Man appearance, just Daredevil.

I also suspect that this is a reprint from an issue of the predecessor title Rampage (UK). But I'm not certain, and so let's give it a review just in case. It's all part of my plan to review every story in these UK magazines.

Story 'Mission of Mercy'

  Rampage (UK) #3 (Story 1)
Summary: 19-Jan-2004 (Spider-Man References, Daredevil Story)
Publisher: Panini Magazines
Editor: Tom O'Malley
Writer: Mitchel Scanlon
Pencils: John Royle
Inker: Faz Choudhury
Lettering: Peri Godbold
Colorist: James Offredi

Daredevil is swinging through New York at night when he hears a surface-to-air missile being launched at a helicopter. Arriving seconds later at the crash scene, he finds the hospital chopper on the ground, on fire, but with no casualties... yet. Mind you, the armed squad of Maggia gangsters shooting wildly at the medical team are doing their best to change that.

Our hero quickly ascertains that the helicopter was on its way to the hospital, carrying desperately needed medical supplies for a very special patient. Daredevil grabs the bag with the supplies, identifies the intended recipient, and makes the mercy dash himself.

On the way, he is attacked in sequence by The Yakuza and then Blacklash - both of whom are trying to stop the medical mission by any means possible. Defeating them both, DD finally makes it to the hospital in time to save the patient's life.

Specifically, the life of Wilson Fisk, aka the Kingpin. Delivering the anti-venom, Daredevil leaves without waiting for any thanks. That's just what he does. He's a hero, dontcha know.

General Comments

Actually, I kind of saw that punchline coming right from the beginning. Clearly, there needed to be some sort of twist at the end of this otherwise linear story. Saving the life of some innocent little girl wasn't going to be interesting in the slightest.

Nope, it just had to be some bad guy, and the Kingpin was the most likely option, especially given the list of people who were trying to foil the rescue mission - Maggia, Yakuza, Blacklash (who works for Justin Hammer). All were natural enemies of Fisk.

Overall Rating

All-in-all then, the story was well constructed. It offered a single, focussed idea, well-expressed and with a single plot twist that some readers would probably guess (but not all).

Within its six pages, it packed a varied cast of villains and a number of action sequences, all wrapped up in some very attractive art-work.

As throw-away stories go, this is definitely among the better examples. Four webs.

 Title: Rampage (UK)
 Posted: Mar 2012
 Staff: The Editor (E-Mail)