Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 22, 2020
Daredevil is my favorite book coming out right now, and it isn’t a close race. I love what Chip Zdarsky has done with the character and look forward to a long run filled with the rollercoaster ride of emotions he gives each issue. After the last issue’s cliffhanger, the emotional journey might just be beginning. Let’s jump in and find out how Daredevil #21 stacks up…
If you haven’t been reading this book up to this point, you are crazy and lazy and ain’t no friend of mine. Go back and start from issue #1 right now! I will wait for you, I promise. Are they gone? I wasn’t going to wait for them!!!
Daredevil #21 opens with the start of the Hells Kitchen cleanup. Villains are being led away in cuffs, and everyone is trying to figure out what to do next. Of course, the last issue’s cliffhanger spelled out what Matt intends to do, and that doesn’t change here. He is turning himself in. Kingpin tries to make it a bigger deal (if that’s possible) by posturing and yelling, but it all comes down to Matt doing what’s right.
While that’s going on, we get to see the downfall of Owlsley, which is long overdue. He has been the absolute worse, and I’m not sure how Marco Checchetto draws him in a way that he just looks diseased. I would not go near that guy on a good day! The scene also shows the lengths Izzy Libris will go to win. It is way above the standard try-hard shit you usually see.
Back to Matt, he convinces Cole North to take him downtown (it is only right), but even Cole is surprised that Matt is being genuine. Things do take a clever turn when Foggy shows up and convinces Matt to do things a little bit smarter, which leads to a bit of friction with old friends, including Spider-Man. Spidey shows up acting all holier-than-thou and doesn’t seem to be watching the news lately. We could have used your help in the Kitchen yesterday, you jerk!
The issue ends with Matt facing murder charges and Chip Zdarsky making me feel a bit nervous when it comes to the looming trial. The Stromwyns (rich assholes, remember) can undoubtedly influence something like this and would do it for a laugh or even a Trading Places $1 bet. I am very, very worried.
This issue didn’t blow me away like the last couple, but it would be hard to do that in a cool down/setup issue. Zdarsky is putting the pieces into place for the next big storyline, and the Trail of Daredevil feels classic (we have seen this sort of thing many times before), but it also feels earned…very earned. As long as a couple of rich assholes don’t gum up the works!
Daredevil is the best book on the shelves right now, and Chip Zdarsky kicks off his next huge storyline this month, and it’s going to be a doozy. This issue is one of those transition issues between big arcs and is mostly setup for what’s to come. It’s still a must-read for Daredevil fans, but if you aren’t reading this book, I suggest you get your head checked and start from the beginning of the run. It’s well worth the time and effort.