Written by Charles Soule
Illustrated/Cover by Phil Noto
Lettering by Clayton Cowles
Edited by Devin Lewis and Lauren Amaro
(Summary) The Reader has accidentally brought Matt Murdock’s fictional twin brother, Mike Murdock, to life. In a desperate attempt to avoid being unwritten, Mike kidnaps Reader’s dog and holds Foggy Nelson hostage. Can Matt talk reason into his new brother before he does something he can’t take back?
(Review) I’ve really been enjoying Soule’s latest run on Daredevil so far, but something about this latest story arc isn’t clicking with me. The explanation of Mike’s existence, while extremely creative, is a bit too confusing and comes almost out of nowhere. The story had formerly been following Daredevil’s investigation of the Kingpin’s election tampering, but that was ground to a halt to follow this new plot thread. Granted, it’s tied together at the end of this issue, but it comes too late and feels a bit clumsily done. That being said, Soule still does manage to keep this comic entertaining. The dialogue is great, especially any conversation between Matt and Mike. Mike’s motivations and personality are also very well explained, there’s a great scene midway through this issue involving the villain Bushwacker that does a fantastic job showing just how violent and unpredictable Mike can be. This story may have come out of nowhere and messed up the flow of the original story, but I’m still interested to see where it goes after issue 608.
The art is also pretty good. Nothing spectacular, but it’s detailed and expressive enough. The best part of it is probably the colors, they’re very subdued and capture the noir atmosphere of Daredevil quite well.