Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Art by: Marco Checchetto
Colors by: Matthew Wilson
Letters by: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover art by: Marco Checchetto, Matthew Wilson
Cover price: $5.99
Release date: August 17, 2022
Daredevil #2 (2022) finds Matt Murdock desperately racing to save people from a devastating train explosion when his old friend, Goldy, explains how Matt’s life as Daredevil was orchestrated from the start.
Is It Good?
Daredevil #2 (2022) is sharper, leaner, and more focused than issue #1 with an intriguing explanation about Goldy’s self-proclaimed status as Matt Murdock’s guardian angel. In terms of overall execution in the storytelling, issue #2 is an improvement compared to #1 which sets up Goldy as a villain who may or may not be a villain. Perhaps. Maybe. I’m not sure.
The uncertainty of Goldy, whoever or whatever he is, elevates this issue immeasurably because he’s not, again, exactly a villain. Goldy is simply following the voice in his head telling him to do little things. The little things are generic words and deeds that would be considered routine to the naked eye, but those little things cascade into a series of events that change the course of a person’s life. Stopping a stranger to ask for directions leads to the destruction of an apartment building via a gas leak. Placing a brick in the right spot on a sidewalk stops an elderly woman from dying in a police car chase. Saying a small phrase out loud to the right person separates Daredevil and Elektra for years.
Goldy is the living embodiment of the Butterfly Effect, so on pure originality alone, this issue earns a few bonus points. Amping up the intrigue even further is the broader question – who’s whispering these instructions in Goldy’s mind?
This issue works because it mixes a unique idea for a villain with a narrative that causes Daredevil to question everything he thought he knew about his past without “breaking canon.”
Of course, I would be remiss without mentioning Chcchetto’s art. It’s fantastic. Zdarsky is one of the few writers around who knows how to work with the artist to communicate the part of the story, and Chcchetto’s art sings.
About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.
Daredevil #2 (2022) sets up one of the most unique and intriguing villains in the Daredevil canon. How do you punch Fate? How do you arrest Destiny? It’s an interesting idea that makes for a completely unknowable journey, and I’m looking forward to taking it.