Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Colorist: Marcio Menyz
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: Marco Checchetto and Matthew Wilson
What You Need to Know:
Matt paid a visit to Iron Man’s last night to demand he buys up a bunch of property and sells it to the people of Hell’s Kitchen for basically nothing to put a dent in the Crime Families’ business, Typhoid Mary is on the loose somewhere in New York, and Tony implies he’ll build Matt a new armored suit. The issue ended with Matt returning to Foggy’s office, only for Kirsten McDuffie to return to help with the case!
Kirsten gets to work putting together a case for Daredevil, while Matt spends the whole time reminiscing about their time together. Once Kirsten leaves for the day, Matt also leaves out the window, mad at Foggy for surprising him with this. Though as he jumps roof to roof he admits Foggy is right, he needs people in his life, he needs help. He’s just paranoid (and rightfully so) that anyone close to him will die. Elektra shows up during his patrol and mentions how the Hand has a new leader who is going global, which I’m sure will be the focus of a future arc. Matt leaves, not wanting to deal with that or her right now, and instead goes to the bank where Kingpin is having a meeting with the Crime Families. He says that it’s clear they need someone in charge and appoints Izzy Libris (after slamming Hammerhead’s face into the table over and over). Before the meeting can continue, suddenly the vault door gets bashed in, with Daredevil standing on top. He makes it clear that no matter what, he will take down Fisk and his flunkies, and he won’t have to do it alone, as Spider-Man is right there with him. The duo leaves, and have a heart-to-heart on a rooftop, rebuilding their friendship and becoming partners in crime-fighting once again. Matt goes back to the office the next morning, only to see… Matt Murdock!
Still one of Marvel’s strongest books right now. I can’t sing Marco Checchetto’s praises enough because his artwork is just so good! I’m interested in where this is going, Izzy is effectively the new Kingpin, Spidey and Daredevil are friends again, Kirsten is back in the supporting cast, and of course, the events of the Annual are paying off, with Mike Murdock returning to pose as his twin for the trial! It’s all coming together to be something interesting. And then we have the stuff with the Hand which could be cool as well, I’m interested to see when that gets paid off and the Hand becomes the main threat of the book for a while. Overall this was a good issue, and I’m excited about the next one.