MIKE MURDOCK

Real Name: Mike Murdock (see comments)

Identity/Class: Human construct

Occupation: Criminal

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Forey the dog, the Hood (Parker Robbins), Inhumans (Frank McGee, Reader, Sterilon), Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Overdrive, Speed Demon (James Sanders), Trapster (Peter Petruski), White Rabbit (Lorina Dodson)

Enemies: Bushwacker (Carl Burbank), Freddy Killkillan

Known Relatives: (See comments regarding these connections): Jack Murdock (father, sort-of), Margaret Murdock (mother, sort-of), Matt Murdock (twin brother, sort-of); Reader (creator)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Daredevil I#606 (October, 2018)

Powers/Abilities: While the original "Mike Murdock" was an alias of Matt Murdock, he thus had all of Daredevil's abilities. It is unknown if this construct of Mike has any of those abilities. He can wield a hand gun, though.

Height: 5'11" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Red

History:
(Daredevil I#607 (fb) - BTS) - The Reader, an Inhuman with the power to read things to life, fell asleep reading a Braille document written by Matt Murdock. When he awakened, his fingers passed over the portion where Matt was talking about his old false identity, Mike Murdock, who Matt had once pretended to be to cover his own secret identity as Daredevil.

(Daredevil I#607 (fb) - BTS) - Mike Murdock came to life with partial memories of his family (parents and brother) but open holes in his own mind otherwise. (see comments)

(Daredevil I#606) - Mike got drunk at the Bar With No Name, where he flirted with a woman at the bar, revealing his twin brother was Matt Murdock. The woman's husband, Freddy Killkillan, initiated a fight with Mike and the whole bar soon joined in. Daredevil arrived to help break up the fight, and Mike introduced himself to the hero.

(Daredevil I#607) - As Mike tried to convince the bartender (who pulled out a shotgun) to get more drinks, Daredevil yelled at Mike, wondering if he was a shapeshifter or construct of some kind. Just then, four super-villains, including Overdrive, White Rabbit, Trapster, and Speed Demon, walked in and attacked Daredevil while Mike hid behind the bar. Overdrive chose not to fight, but Mike hit him over the head anyway, knocking him out. When Mike mentioned his father Battlin' Jack, Daredevil knocked him out. Daredevil, with Frank McGee, had the Inhuman telepath Sterilon scan Mike's mind, and Sterilon found lots of open space there, but also discovered clear memories that Mike had of being the child of Jack and Margaret Murdock, and the brother of Matt. They went back to the Inhuman Reader and Mike heard how he'd been accidentally created. As Reader prepared to erase him, Mike grabbed a gun and took the dog Forey captive, then fled, letting Forey go once he'd escaped. He showed up at the office of Foggy Nelson, passing Brad, before drawing his gun on Foggy.

(Daredevil I#608) - Mike ordered Foggy to call his brother Matt, but Foggy called Daredevil instead, who soon attacked. Mike kept his gun on Foggy to cover his escape, ordering Daredevil to have Matt call, and he took Daredevil's billy club with him. Outside, Mike reminisced about his adventures with Foggy and Karen fighting the Unholy Three years before, then Foggy informed Mike that Karen was dead. Just then, Bushwacker attacked, setting their cab on fire. As Bushwacker threatened to kill them, Mike hit him with the club, then knocked him out with his gun before shooting him in the legs multiple times. Matt called and met Mike and Foggy in Central Park, where Mike let Foggy go. Foggy promised to bill him for the broken windows in his office. Mike revealed that he realized he was a creation and that his memories weren't real, but he wanted to keep living. When Reader showed up with Forey to "unread" Mike, Matt knocked the cane out of his hand, determined to let Mike live. Mike, feeling betrayed, rushed off into the subway. Mike went to Mayor Fisk, the Kingpin, to try for an alliance, but Fisk didn't believe who Mike was. Sitting in Central Park despondent, Mike was shocked when the Hood revealed himself, inviting Mike to lunch, saying they had a lot to talk about.

Comments: Created by Charles Soule (writer) & Phhil Noto (artist).

In Daredevil I#25, Matt Murdock is feeling frustrated by his constantly having to cover for his secret identity, so he invented a twin brother. While Matt was serious, focused on being an attorney, and emotionally repressed, his brother Mike dressed in flashy clothing, had a confidence about him, and constantly said bold things that Matt couldn't. Mike flirted with Karen Page quite often, and teased Foggy Nelson about his weight even more. Matt was then able to pretend that Mike was actually Daredevil, so that he could protect his own identity. During his time as "Mike", Daredevil faced Leap-Frog, the Masked Marauder, Stilt-Man, the Queega, Mister Hyde, Cobra, Beetle (Abner Jenkins), Trapster (Peter Petruski), the Exterminator, the Unholy Three, and others. In one ridiculous storyline (in Daredevil I#30), Matt pretended to be Mike who then dressed as Daredevil, then Daredevil disguised himself as Thor. After a complicated battle with the Exterminator, who used a time-displacement ray to knock people out of synch with the Earth dimension, Matt reported to his friends that Mike had been killed in battle (in Daredevil I#41). In the very next issue, Matt continued the lies, saying that Mike had trained someone else to be the new Daredevil.

The Reader's construct of Mike Murdock seemed to have some of these memories, particularly the parts with Foggy and Karen involved, but Mike did not seem to know who Daredevil was. Mike also clearly remembered his birth parents and being raised. It is unknown how far those memories extend.

In Daredevil I#609-612, Matt Murdock was hit by a truck and had a complicated fever dream in the hospital, during which time Mike appeared. The actual construct of Mike Murdock is still out there until we are told otherwise.

Killkillian visually resembles the Watchman character the Comedian of DC comics movie.
--MJG

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Mike Murdock should not be confused with:


Freddy Killkillan

(Daredevil I#606) - Super-villain Freddy Killkillan went to the Bar With No Name with his wife. When Mike Murdock, claiming to be the twin brother of Matt Murdock, flirted with Killkillan's wife, a fight broke out. When Daredevil arrived, claiming the Hulk was on his way, the villains, including Killkillan, fled.

--Daredevil I#606


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Daredevil I#608, cover (main)
Daredevil I#607, p17, pan6 (face)
Daredevil I#606, p20, pan1 (Freddy Killkillan)


Appearances:
Daredevil I#606-608 (October-December, 2018) - Charles Soule (writer), Phhil Noto (artist), Devin Lewis (editor)


First Posted: 02/27/2020
Last updated: 02/27/2020

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