Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 27, 2019
I am not a huge Daredevil fan…and that is a bit of an understatement. I haven’t read much more than his first appearance, haven’t watched any of the Netflix show and really, my biggest bit of fandom is watching the Ben Affleck movie back in the day. Yea, I’ve heard it’s bad, but I actually didn’t mind it! So, what I am trying to say is I am going into this book as a clean slate and it’s up to Chip Zdarsky to make or break me as far as Daredevil goes. I really liked the first issue, but does that continue here? Let’s find out…
The issue opens by introducing us to the two cops who are going to try to put Daredevil behind bars. It’s very quick but gives us a heavy bag hitting Cole North who will eventually be one of the narrators of the book.
We then shoot over to Foggy Nelson and a little Daredevil in the dark shadows. Seriously, when Matt reveals himself, I think Foggy might have shit his pants! Zdarsky does a pretty clever thing here as he has Matt tell us what Foggy is going to say to him (turn yourself in…) and then has Foggy do just that. It is a subtle way to show new readers the bond that these two have without shoving it at us with a narration box. Pretty Sneaky Sis!
Of course, Matt isn’t going to go that route and as he goes off to prove (mainly to himself?) that he didn’t kill anyone, Cole and his partner Fred bust in to question Mayor Fisk.
I love the way Zdarsky is playing this whole murder thing. I don’t want to think that Matt is a murderer, but all the evidence points to it and Matt is really starting to feel desperate. I also love his Kingpin. He is huge and imposing, thanks to Marco Checchetto’s art, but there is more to it than just looks. Zdarsky manages to write him big and imposing as well. Two things that I also loved about these scenes…Cole seems more and more like a badass and Zdarsky gets clever again with how good Daredevil usually is at hurting bad guys. But maybe not this time.
The issue continues with Daredevil getting some sound advice, a peek at who may be behind this all (or just someone who is ready to take advantage of it) and we end with a crazy cliffhanger that I thought we would eventually get to…just not this quickly!
Yea, I loved this issue. With this book and Invaders, you can color me a huge Chip Zdarsky fan and getting them both in one week was a pleasant surprise. With each issue, I am becoming more of a Daredevil fan and I am genuinely scared for what might happen to Matt next issue. The art and story are both great here and besides the story still being in the setup phase, I can’t find much to complain about here.
This is a damn good comic. Even if you aren’t into Daredevil, I suggest you give this a try for the intriguing story and the great art.