Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 14, 2021
I love this book! I say it every time I review it, and I will keep doing so until things change. Could that be this issue filled with prison fights, training, and underhanded mob dealings? Let’s find out…
The issue opens with Matt poisoned in jail and looking to live. Knowing that whoever is trying to kill him will be watching, he tries to leave the cafeteria, but there is way more than one person involved in taking down Daredevil.
While this is going on, Elektra is in full-out Daredevil mode, sort of. She is still trying to “do what Matt would do,” just with an Elektra flair. Training a young girl to fend for herself while also putting the squeeze on the Libris family enforcers in Hell’s Kitchen. Zdarsky is doing a great job of showing a kinder, gentler Elektra without making it feel forced.
One of the best things about this run is how Zdarsky can juggle various plot lines, and he grabs a big thing for his recent Annual and runs with it. In some other book, this would be the most significant thing going on in the issue, but this isn’t any other book, and Matt is in huge trouble.
Huge trouble might be an understatement as the issue ends with Daredevil trying to purge the poison from his body, fight a ton of nasty inmates, and most importantly, trying to live to tell the tale. By the end, I am not so sure if he did any of those! In a comic world where cheap cliffhangers are par for the course, I am genuinely worried.
This is another excellent issue in a series full of outstanding issues. Zdarsky’s character work shines, and he continues to give little payoffs to loyal readers while building something massive. The art is fantastic, and the only thing I can criticize is that while big things are happening, there wasn’t a ton of overall story progression all around. It’s a setup issue, but boy, does it set up some crazy things for the next issue!
Daredevil is my favorite ongoing series out right now, and this issue should be able to convince anyone why. Chip Zdarsky’s character work shines, and while most writers try for big wow moments, he goes bigger but in a way that doesn’t feel forced. Everyone should be reading this book.