Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Color Artist: Mattia Iacono
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: Marco Checchetto and Eric Arcinigea
What You Need To Know:
All Hell had broken loose in Hell’s Kitchen thanks to the Owl’s schemes. Matt Murdock has taken up the mantle of Daredevil once more, and takes the Kitchen back, with a little help from Fisk. After the massive battle across the neighborhood, Daredevil turns himself into the police for the murder he committed at the beginning of the run.
Detective North reluctantly arrests Daredevil, assuming he has some kind of escape plan in mind once they reach the station, but Daredevil tells him no, he is turning himself in for the crime he has committed. Foggy stops their car to tell Matt that this plan is crazy and if he turns himself in, he’d reveal he’s Matt Murdock and then everyone he knows will be a target. So he has an idea, go on trial AS Daredevil, because in the Marvel Universe, superheroes are viable witnesses in court, meaning their superhero aliases can be their legal identity in court. Matt goes back to his place to get his suit, where Spider-Man is waiting for him, to tell him again that he is done after how he handled accidentally killing someone. Spidey tells him he’s there to turn him in, but Matt tells him he’s already turning himself in but as Daredevil. Spidey leaves, knowing he’s not going to be able to convince him otherwise, but that he will be back if he’s lying. And so Matt turns himself in as Daredevil, but District Attorney Ben Hochberg tells him that he needs to know who he is under the mask before he agrees to the arrangement, so Matt takes off the mask in front of him and him alone. And then the issue ends with Daredevil arrested for murder.
This was a decent issue. Not my favorite of the run so far, but overall I liked it. There are some parts I’m not too keen on, mainly the cop stuff. With Matt calling Cole a “good cop” being the big one, which I understand these issues are written months in advanced so it’s not too bad, just that the “hero cop” is something that I think needs to just go away as a character archetype. But that’s neither here nor there. Anyway, Spider-Man confrontation with Daredevil was great as they usually are. The first one was definitely stronger as a scene, but I do like that Spidey is willing to give Matt the benefit of the doubt on this one, but that if he lies to him he’s coming back. The art by Marco Checcetto is amazing as always, I’m a bit disappointed there wasn’t a fight scene for him to draw this time, but we just had a massive one for the past 2 or 3 issues now, so this being a more mundane issue is fine. But yeah overall this was a pretty good issue.