SISTER MAGGIE

Real NameMargaret Grace “Maggie” Murdock

Identity/Class: Human civilian

Occupation: Nun

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Daredevil, Glorianna O'Breen, Karen Page, Punisher (Frank Castle), baby Karen;
    a large number of unidentified children and adults that she has cared for and taught

Enemies: Bullseye, Mysterio (Quentin Beck)

Known Relatives: Matt Murdock (Daredevil, son), Jonathan "Battling Jack" Murdock (husband, deceased)

Aliases: Sister Margaret

Base of Operations: Clinton Mission Shelter, a number of different missions among the poor and the homeless;
    mobile to other countries on missionary work

First Appearance: Daredevil I#229 (April, 1986)

Powers/Abilities: Sister Maggie has had extensive training in Catholicism. She has very strong faith in her God, which gives her the strength to accept difficulties in life and to maintain an optimistic and hopeful attitude. She is highly talented in projecting this information to others, helping them to cope with their problems as well. She is highly compassionate and has some basic medical training (first aid skills).

Height: 5'4"
Weight: 90 lbs.
Hair: Light grey (formerly blond)

 

 

 

 

History:
(Daredevil: The Man without Fear#1 / Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#1 (fb) - BTS) - Under unspecified circumstances, Maggie had a relationship with Jonathon Murdock but, perhaps due to his violent life or due to her feeling that their relationship was a sin, she left him and joined a convent. She later gave birth to their son, whom the other sisters named Matthew.

(Daredevil: The Man without Fear#1 (fb) - BTS) - As Jack descended into violence and alcohol, many people felt that Maggie had broken him.

(Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#1) - Maggie surprised Jack back at his apartment, revealing their son to him. She made it clear that she could not stay with him, fearing what would happen if her father knew about Matthew. She told Jack they had made a mistake and sinned against God, and she left him to care for Matt.

(Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#2 (fb) - BTS) - Maggie sent Jack a letter reaffirming that she felt she had tarnished herself with their relationship and that he had chosen a life she could not co-exist with. She asked that he consider her dead.

(Daredevil: The Man without Fear#1 / Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition: Daredevil) - Jack told Matt that his mother was dead, further embellishing that he had promised his wife on her deathbed to make a better life for young Matt than the one he had led.

(Daredevil I#229 (fb) - BTS) - She became a nun, most commonly known as Sister Maggie.

(Daredevil I#349) - While Matt was growing up, Maggie kept an eye on him, though she never revealed her true identity or their relationship to him.

(Punisher III#18 (fb) - BTS) - Maggie used to go to St. Jude's, back when it was still a thriving Church.

(Punisher III#18 (fb) - BTS) - Maggie began working in a number of different missions among the poor and the homeless.

(Daredevil II#4 (fb) - BTS) - Maggie, guided by her faith in God, spent all of her feelings of guilt over abandoning Matt when he was a child.

(Daredevil I#229 (fb) / Daredevil: The Man without Fear#1) - As Matt Murdock lay in the hospital after being blinded following being hit by the truck carrying radioactive materials, he was dimly aware of a woman (at the time he had no idea who he was)  kissing his forehead, and of her golden cross hanging from her necklace. Recognizing that he had gained superhuman senses, she told him that what happened to him might be a blessing, and that he must promise to keep his new powers a secret, even from his father. She left soon after this, but Matt felt stronger and calmer, and he knew that he would survive this.

(Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#3) - Maggie visited Jack while he sat in church and cried over his son's injury, telling him that Matt is strong and that the Lord would guide him and Jack both. She told him that he could be a good man and that if she didn't believe that she wouldn't have left Matt in his care. She gave him a cross to remind him of the man he could be, asking that he take it off when he must indulge his flesh and when he had to fight but to remember that he was made for better things.

(Daredevil I#229) - After being nearly killed by the Kingpin, Matt was stabbed by Turk Barrett, after which he made his way to Fogwell's Gym (where his father used to train) before collapsing. Maggie found him there.

(Daredevil I#230 (fb) - BTS) - Maggie had Matt brought to her Church mission for treatment

(Daredevil I#230) - Maggie had a scare when Matt's heart stopped beating, but it started again soon after. After he recovered and found he was not yet strong enough to walk, Maggie introduced herself and helped him back into bed, telling him he had to stay. She put her cross around his neck, and he recognized it as the same one that the woman wore when she visited him long ago. Matt developed a climbing fever, but Maggie was confident that it would break. Weakened by his injuries, massive blood loss, and exposure to contamination from the East River, Matt's fever continued to climb. Maggie prayed by his side, asking the Lord to punish her for her past sins but to spare Matt.
    Soon after, Matt's fever broke, and he recognized her scent as being close to his own. He asked her if she was his mother, and she replied, "Of course not, child." Matt heard her heartbeat jump and knew she was lying.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#277/1) - Sister Maggie opened the door of the rescue mission and brought Peter Parker to Matt Murdock.

(Daredevil I#233) - Maggie and several other nuns cared for a number of people who had been recently injured, including Glorianna O'Breen. When Matt came to visit, Maggie told him he needed to get some rest. He agreed to do so as soon as possible.

(Daredevil I#267) - Prior to departing Manhattan for a trip across the country, Matt stopped by Maggie's church. She was in the middle of trying to teach some kids about God, but she took a break for Matt. She sensed what he needed, and direct Matt to a confession booth to speak to the priest.

(Daredevil I#295 (fb) - BTS) - Maggie did some missionary work in South America, and she asked the other sisters to help Matt if he ever needed it.

(Daredevil I#295 - BTS) - Matt brought an injured man to Maggie's church, and one of the other sisters readily came to his aid.

(Daredevil I#380) - Matt visited Maggie and took her to get some ice cream. When Matt accidentally picked up her "Heavenly Hash" ice cream, Maggie made it clear that her beliefs on sharing did not apply to ice cream.

(Marvel Holiday Special#2/8) - Daredevil silently watched over Sister Maggie as she greeted a woman at the church who had come to seek confession.

(Daredevil I#325) - After Matt's identity had been exposed as Daredevil and Matt had then faked his own death, he came to see Maggie. She was ecstatic to see he was still alive. He told her that he needed to assume a new alias and asked for a name. She told him that was a job for his father, and Matt took her hand and said, "and mother." After some thought, Maggie told him she always liked the name "Jack." He soon took the alias Jack Batlin.

(Daredevil I#348) - Matt came to Maggie, seeking absolution after remembering that he had (as far as he knew) accidentally killed a prostitute years before when he had first begun to assume the identity of Daredevil. Maggie listened to his story and told him she loved him, but that it was not in her power to forgive him; for that he would need God. She encouraged him that God would show him the way, though it might not be easy and he would have to walk that path by himself. After he left, she prayed to God to help Matt.

(Daredevil I#349) - Maggie worried about Matt, recalling his younger years, and realizing that his failures were her own. She prayed for him again.

(Punisher III#18) - Hearing rumors of a man living in St. Jude's, which had sense been de-consecrated (?), Maggie went back to her old church. She soon met its resident, Frank Castle, the Punisher, who was suffering from amnesia. Maggie told him about herself and asked about his story. He confirmed that he remembered only fragments of his past, enough to know he wasn't interested in learning more. Maggie told him that she had helped another who had fallen from grace, and that she would not report him to the church authorities because she had heard talk on the streets that he was a fallen angel seeking redemption. She told him she'd be back to talk some more, and hoped he would participate more in the conversation.

(Daredevil I#375) - While Daredevil watched over the critically injured Marissa Dwyer (a victim of Charlie Burroughs), Maggie showed up, telling him that he had a guardian angel watching over him. She encouraged him to have faith that she could save him.

(Daredevil II#4) - While caring for an infant girl suspected of being the Antichrist, Daredevil brought her to Sister Maggie at the Clinton Mission Shelter.

(Daredevil II#4 (fb) - BTS) - Maggie brought Daredevil into the Church, and he slept for two days straight in her room. While he slept, she cleaned his costume and cared for the infant.

(Daredevil II#4) - When Matt woke up, Maggie greeted him and offered him some food. After some small talk, Matt got her to finally admit that she was his mother. She noted the similarities between him and his father, but told him she had no answers for why she had left him so many years before. When he questioned all the problems he had had in life and told her that God had let her off pretty easily, she slapped him across the face, and he dropped to his knees and apologized. After they talked for hours, she encouraged him to ask God for answers about the baby, telling him that after all of his experiences in the supernatural that he should have no problem believing in the Almighty. He questioned how she could be so confident in her faith, and she told him a story about a knight and a monk. Maggie then advised Matt to talk to Karen, who was waiting for him downstairs in the sanctuary.

(Daredevil II#5 (fb) - BTS) - While Daredevil met with Dr. Strange to question Mephisto about his possible involvement, Bullseye -- sent by Mysterio (posing as Nicholas Macabes) to retrieve the baby -- assaulted the Clinton Mission Shelter. Maggie and the others refused to tell him where the baby was, so he killed Sister Theresa and tortured Sister Anne, but Maggie kept the baby hidden.

(Daredevil II#5) - When Daredevil returned, Maggie told him what had happened, and then Bullseye appeared and attacked him. While the two battled, Maggie and Karen spoke quietly, and Karen showed up soon after, offering the baby to Bullseye in exchange for not killing Daredevil, whom he had shot and now had at his mercy. Karen tricked him, delivering a doll, while Maggie tried to escape out the door with the real baby. Bullseye dropped Karen with the doll and then snatched the baby from Maggie and raised Daredevil's billy club to kill her (or the baby), but Karen had grabbed his discarded gun and demanded he stop. Bullseye mocked her, as the gun only had a single bullet, and he then hurled the billy club at Daredevil, but Karen leapt into its path and was killed when he went through her chest. Bullseye took the baby and left.

(Daredevil II#8) - Maggie met up with Matt at the hospital when he visited the baby girl Mysterio had used as a pawn; still banged up from her recent trauma and using a walker, Maggie was likely a patient at the same hospital. They discussed the child and what the baby means to Matt and how the whole Mysterio nightmare has affected him. Maggie told Matt that the authorities had arranged for the kid to be adopted and said the baby needed a name. Matt suggested calling her Karen.

    Maggie later attended Karen's funeral.

Comments: Created by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.

Per Degaton novel info:
(Daredevil: The Cutting Edge) - Sister Maggie asked Matt to represent a man named Louis Bastuto. Matt went to Ryker's Island to meet with Bastuto.

  This novel, per page 34, follows the events of Daredevil I#366, in which Larry Cranston exposed inmates of Ryker's Island to his gas, and per page 181 it follows Venom's Wrath (see Joy Mercado's entry) as it refers to the kidnapping in that story involving Captain Esteban.

    I misplaced my copy of Daredevil II#8 (it's somewhere amidst the other 25, 000 books in my comic room). Sean McQuaid supplied the info for me. Thanks, Sean!

    Thanks to Markus Raymond for pointing out and detailing the Amazing Spider-Man appearance.

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Daredevil I#229, last page (holding Matt)
Daredevil II#4, p14, panel (face; with baby Karen)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#229-230 (April-May, 1986) - by Frank Miller (writer),  David Mazzucchelli (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#277 (June, 1986) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Frenz (pencils), Bob Layton (inks), Jim Owsley (editor)
Daredevil I#233 (August, 1986) - by Frank Miller (writer),  David Mazzucchelli (artist), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#267 (June, 1989) - by Ann Nocenti (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#295 (August, 1991) - by D.G. Chichester (writer), Lee Weeks (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil: The Man without Fear#1 (October, 1993) - by Frank Miller (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciler), Al Williamson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel Holiday Special#2 (January, 1993) - Ann Nocenti (writer), Tom Grindberg (penciler), Fred Fredericks (inker), Renee Witterstaetter (editor)
Daredevil I#325 (February, 1994) - by D.G. Chichester (writer), Scott McDaniel (penciler), Hector Collazo (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#348-349 (January-February, 1996) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Cary Nord (penciler), Bill Reinhold (inker), James Felder (editor)
Punisher III#18 (April, 1997) - by John Ostrander (writer), Tom Lyle (penciler), Robert Jones (inker), Mark Berndardo (editor)
Daredevil I#375 (May, 1998) - by Joe Kelly (writer, with assistance from Chris Claremont), Cary Nord & Mark Lipka, Ariel Olivetti & Pier Brito, John Paul Leon, Tom Lyle & Robert Jones, Brian Denham & Chris Carlson, Rick Leonardi & Scott Hanna (artists), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Daredevil I#380 (October, 1998) - by D.G. Chichester (writer), Lee Weeks (pencils), Robert Campanella (inker), Tim Tuohy (editor)
Daredevil II#4-5 (February-March, 1999) - by Kevin Smith (writer), Joe Quesada (penciler), Jimmy Palmiotti (inker), Nanci Dakesian (editor)
Daredevil II#8 (June, 1999) - by Kevin Smith (writer), Joe Quesada (penciler), Jimmy Palmiotti (inker), Nanci Dakesian (editor)
Daredevil: The Cutting Edge (June, 1999) - Madeleine E. Robins (writer)
Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#1 (August, 2007) - Zeb Wells (script), Carmine di Giandomenico (art), Alejandro Arbona (assistant editor), Warren Simons (editor)
Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock#3 (October, 2007) - Zeb Wells (script), Carmine di Giandomenico (art), Alejandro Arbona (assistant editor), Warren Simons (editor)


Last updated: 01/05/08

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