Daredevil #6 Review

Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Art by: Rafael de Latorre
Colors by: Matthew Wilson
Letters by: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover art by: Marco Checchetto, Matthew Wilson
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: December 7, 2022

Daredevil #6 finds Matt Murdock struggling to help the new guests on his island find peace after their unpleasant stay in the Raft. Meanwhile, Elektra seeks out a world leader to test if the Hand’s replacement plan is true.

Is It Good?

Chip Zdarsky is taking his sweet time getting to the meat of a war that everyone knows is coming, and Daredevil #6 takes up even more time by developing a rash of side characters who may or may not be consequential in the conflict to come. Are the character developments interesting enough to be worth the cover price? Not particularly, no, but there are worse ways to spend your time while waiting.

When last we left the King and Queen of the Fist, they broke a select group of criminals out of the Raft to join them on Fist Island with the promise of freedom and a new start. Meanwhile, the issue revealed that the Hand is secretly replacing world leaders with magical doppelgangers to do the Hand’s bidding.

Now, Daredevil #6 spends a copious amount of time on Fist Island as a few of those ex-Raft residents get a therapeutic ear as they adjust to life with the potential for freedom. Agony is told she is loved, Bullet has a heart-to-heart with Daredevil while they make spaghetti sauce, and Stick provides a few words of encouragement to Matt about sticking (heh) out for the long game. Meanwhile, Elektra sneaks up to a world leader in the dead of night to find out if the doppelganger discovery is true. (spoiler: it is.)

The dialog is very good, de Latorre’s art is excellent, and the scene transitions are smooth as glass. That said, this issue is a whole lot of talking with heroes and criminals sharing their hopes, dreams, and feelings.

Again, Zdarsky is taking a very long and winding road getting to the meat of the conflict between the Fist and the Hand. Is this pitstop worth taking up a whole issue to develop characters who may or may not matter in the grand scheme of things? Not really. The issue is rather dull, but at least it’s well-crafted type of dull.


About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.

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Final Thoughts:

Daredevil #6 continues the extended break in the action to engage in multiple therapy sessions with the recently escaped Raft inmates. The art looks great, and the dialog is well-crafted, but the story is moving at a snail’s pace, resulting in a well-crafted but dull issue.

6/10

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