DAREDEVIL & SIN-EATER
“The Death of Jean DeWolff” is a notable story for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps most prominently, it created a rather lasting connection between Daredevil and Spider-Man, who are paired off in both their super heroic and civilian lives over the course of the story. The story is also notable, though perhaps slightly less so, for the introduction of a brand-new villain, DeWolff’s murderer, the Sin-Eater. The two pair off in today’s set!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Daredevil and Sin-Eater were part of Series 43 of Marvel Minimates, which was a whole assortment based on the “Death of Jean DeWolff.”
Daredevil’s no stranger to Minimates, being the focal point of the very first Series and all. However, at the time of this ‘mate’s release, we hadn’t gotten a basic red DD in quite some time, and the last one had been part of an exclusive offering. Given the prominence of his role in “The Death of Jean DeWolff”, he’s a natural fit for the assortment. This same figure was also offered in TRU Series 13, alongside the Kingpin. Daredevil is constructed using two add-on pieces, one for his mask, and the other for his billy club holster. The mask had previously been used on the Shadowland version of DD from Series 38, and has subsequently become the standard piece for him. While it think the horns might be just a touch too long, it’s otherwise a very nice piece, and a worth replacement for the older Series 1 mask. The holster was new to this figure (and, like the mask, has become a standard issue piece for the character). It sits well on the thigh, and holds the clubs securely. And, most importantly, it doesn’t impede the leg movement or stick out awkwardly like the old piece did. The paint on this version of DD is rather striking. The red is very bright, and the contrast of the black shaded details adds quite a bit of pop to his design. It’s a very artistic interpretation of the character, and matches up with his comics incarnation in a way that would be hard to do in other formats. The musculature helps to make him a far cry from the old Series 1 version, and I absolutely love how well his face lines up with what’s printed on the mask. Underneath, there’s a Matt Murdock face, which even includes his sunglasses, allowing for a more proper unmasked appearance. Daredevil was packed with two batons (which can be stowed in his thigh holster), a grappling cane, and a spare hairpiece (reused from Series 21’s Tony Stark) for his unmasked look.
Perpetrator of the titular murder, and central to the story’s big mystery is the Sin-Eater, a villain who made his debut in the pages of this story. In retrospect, a rather minor character, perhaps, and not one who had a particularly lengthy career, but an impactful character all the same. Sin-Eater has six add-on pieces in use. He’s got a generic slip-on mask, glove cuffs, a belt, and a pair of flared boots. All of his pieces are re-used from prior offerings; the mask has been used countless times, the cuffs are from The Spirit ‘mates, the belt is Batman’s, and the boots hail from the Invaders boxed set. Fortunately, Sin-Eater’s undoubtedly one of those characters that’s almost tailor-made for re-use, and this assortment of parts suits him well. Sin-Eater’s paintwork is garish and rather appalling…which is to say it’s quite loyal to the source material. His costume has to be one of the ugliest ones ever to come out of Marvel Comics. That doesn’t stop the paint on this figure from being exemplary, though. The detail work, especially on the “face” of the mask, is quite impressive. Underneath of the mask is the face of….SPOILERS on a story that’s decades old…Stan Carter. Stan’s very angry, which is a nice change of pace, and I like how the eyes line-up with those on the mask. For accessories, Sin-Eater includes his shotgun, which I believe was a new piece. He also includes an alternate hair piece to display Stan unmasked, as well as an extra head and hair, depicting Sin-Eater red-herring Emil Gregg. Gregg uses the same eyes as Stan and the main mask, thereby making him just as credible an unmasked identity for the villain, and somewhat preserving the surprise for those buying the set without having read the story. That’s a nice touch!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Series 43 was an assortment I was very excited for when it hit, so I made a point of picking it up brand new from Cosmic Comix on day of release. Daredevil was certainly in need of an update to his standard look, and this figure delivered that in spades. Even all these years later, he’s still one of the best versions out there. Sin-Eater’s definitely a much more minor character, but it’s always nice to see such characters crop up from time to time. DST put in the effort to make a good figure of this guy, and it paid off!