Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Penciller: Francesco Mobili
Inker: Victor Olazaba
Colorist: Mattia Iacono
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: Marco Checchetto and Nolan Woodard
What You Need to Know:
The courts have agreed to Matt and Foggy’s request that Matt be arrested as Daredevil to protect his identity. Spidey arrived at his apartment to turn him in himself, but Matt was just barely able to convince him to let him do it himself on his terms. And so his arrest was complete and the issue ends.
Oh, also something about Matt’s imaginary twin brother, using a magic stone to rewrite reality and make himself a real boy. Though that doesn’t come up here, I just thought the Annual was cool.
Daredevil is taken to the courts for the first stage of his trial. Fisk continues his decrying of masked vigilantes and superheroes, even making special reference to the Outlawed story arc/event with the younger heroes of the Marvel Universe. He also pays a visit to the church he had Typhoid Mary in, where she’s just hanging out and leaves after a conversation with him. After the first phase of his trial is over, Daredevil decides to go after some criminals and “put the fear of the devil in some people”. After he finishes up, Iron Man descends from the sky, and in a cathartic moment destroys all the guns. Tony takes Matt to his place for a quick talk, where Matt tells Tony to buy a whole neighborhood, rent the housing to the people for next to nothing, and once the Stromwyns are taken down, Tony will sell the housing to those people for a very very low price as well. Tony’s not exactly thrilled to spend billions on Daredevil’s plan but says he’ll think about it, especially since it would do a lot of good for these people. Tony also mentions that if Matt’s gonna be going up against some bigger bads, he’s gonna need an upgrade. The issue ends with Matt going back to Foggy’s office, where Kirsten McDuffie returns to help them out with the case!
This series continues to be one of Marvel’s finest ones currently running. Zdarsky keeps knocking it out of the park with everyone’s characterization. I was really happy with how Tony was written here, the only instance of his Tony I know of is Spider-Man Life Story, and that the story definitely doesn’t have an accurate Iron Man in it. Something as trivial as his destroying the crate of guns was cathartic to see. Can’t wait to see what the Iron Devil’s gonna look like in a couple of issues. Francesco Mobili’s art is really good, I love the sketchy shadows and textures. Really, my only problem is wondering when we’re going to get a payoff for the events that happened in the Annual, with Matt’s brother rewriting his entire history to include himself in it. But I will wait however long it takes for that plot point to come up again. Overall, I love this issue a lot.