Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Color Artist: Mattia Iacono
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Julian Totino Tedesco
Spider-Woman Variant: Mike Del Mundo
What You Need to Know:
Hell’s Kitchen is engulfed in a massive gang war and the police are ordered to stay out of the neighborhood no matter what. Matt Murdock, formerly Daredevil, is on his way with a new partner, Detective Cole North, the man who took him down when he was last Daredevil. The Owl has orchestrated this massive gang war to claim Hell’s Kitchen for himself now that Kingpin has stepped down to focus on his obligations as mayor.
In the middle of Hell’s Kitchen, Bullseye, the Rhino, Bullet, Crossbones and Stilt-Man are wreaking havoc throughout the neighborhood. But the people of Hell’s Kitchen aren’t gonna just sit around and take it, as various people take up a Daredevil mask and fight back. Matt and Cole join the fray(after a surprise attack from Stilt-Man), as Matt holds a dying civilian in a homemade Daredevil costume. As Matt holds the dying civilian, he realizes that all of these people are united under one symbol, him. Daredevil. And so Matt dons a Daredevil mask once again, and is ready to take back his city.
This run continues to be one of my favorite Daredevil runs ever, and that’s saying something since Daredevil has had a LOT of really great runs. This issue is definitely one of the strongest so far. I am in love with Zdarsky’s portrayal of Matt, his whole arc has been great to read about. He gave up Daredevil after he accidentally killed someone in a fight, he thought it a “tainted symbol”. But now Daredevil is finally back thanks to the people of Hell’s Kitchen stepping up to defend their home, he finally joins them and returns to being the hero this city needs. And of course, STILT-MAN IS HERE NOW! My ONE complaint though is that Rhino felt way too evil for me. The way he’s been written lately I just don’t see him being comfortable with doing this kind of thing, especially running over a church(which he threatens to do). There’s other things in this issue I haven’t touched on since you should really read it yourself.
The art is simply fantastic. Marco Checchetto is definitely one of my favorite Daredevil artists ever. His style fits the tone so well it’s insane. And Mattia Iacono’s coloring blends perfectly with it. The way Marco draws the fights makes them feel so real and visceral. And the explosions and fire and smoke all look really good as well. Do yourself a favor and add this issue to your collection, especially if you’re a Daredevil fan.