It's Christmas in Hell's Kitchen, as described in the most negative and nauseating way on the first page. Daredevil stops kid gang The Fat Boys from taking "donations" dressed like a charity Santa. They give their money to a nun not knowing she's really a con woman.
On Christmas morning, the Trixter, a stuntman who's a master of disguise and many gadgets, laments how he's world famous but no one knows his real name. He sees Daredevil as a kindred spirit who might tell him, "what makes one man a hero and another a fool". He reappears walking a high wire over Rockefeller Center dressed as an angel with a horned skull mask. Daredevil senses that Trixter is wearing a device that creates "chaotic force waves". DD climbs up on the wire and tries talking him down. Trixter is distracted by voices in his head telling him to jump. A brief tussle ensues where Trixter seems to choke on his own scarf. DD saves him, but the Trixter gets away.
Daredevil finds him later climbing the Chrysler building. DD thinks about how important he looks to the Trixter and how he must choose his words carefully. On the way up, Daredevil sees the Fat Boys on another building practicing a skateboarding trick. He tells them not to try such dangerous stunts when he's not around. Daredevil continues his climb. Along the way, he loses his footing. The Trixter saves him, them taunts him about how it's supposed to make him feel good. Trixter beats DD to the top and lashes himself to the steeple. He begs Daredevil to save him as a storm moves in. DD starts untying the lashes, but the steeple's struck by lightning. Trixter is killed instantly. DD thinks about how other people see him, and why he couldn't find the words to save the Trixter. Just then, Freddie of the Fat Boys shows up asking DD to teach him more tricks.
I couldn't find any entries about the Trixter in any online Marvel character databases. Until I hear otherwise, I can only conclude he was created just for this issue.
This issue was reprinted and included with the Daredevil action figure in the
Spider-Man Classics toy line. It's a good example of Ann Nocenti's tenure on
the series. Daredevil is constantly questioning himself and his motivations,
while ignoring the people around him. The fights with Trixter aren't as
simple as good guy vs. bad guy; it's more like a suicidal man crying out for
help. He just happened to ask it from Daredevil.
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