Ellison co-wrote Daredevil #208 with Arthur Byron Cover. The issue doesn’t advance any subplots or provide any new insight into Daredevil’s character—those are usually jobs for the regular creative teams—but it does showcase Daredevil’s skills and resourcefulness by subjecting him to a night of hell.
He’s lured into a mansion that used to be an elegant home, but the owner, consumed by thoughts of vengeance, has rigged it into a giant death trap specifically for Daredevil. DD endures a seemingly endless parade of dangerous obstacles as he seeks an exit, when all he really wanted to do that evening was get a good night’s sleep before his early morning court date.
The story could just as well have starred Batman or Green Arrow, but it’s not really a story about a costumed vigilante. It’s a story about the high cost of revenge, with the altered mansion serving as an excellent metaphor.
This is a textbook example of how to do a fill-in issue.
Writers: Harlan Ellison and Arthur Byron Cover
Penciler: David Mazzucchelli
Inker: Danny Bulanadi
Cover: David Mazzucchelli and Bob Wiacek
Publisher: Marvel Comics
How to Read It: back issues
Appropriate For: ages 10 and up