November 26, 2020

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Daredevil (Marvel Comics)

DAREDEVIL #6 review

Daredevil #6 is available now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

Daredevil has disappeared from Hell’s Kitchen — and in his absence the real devils are just starting to come out to play…

Review

If you have been following my reviews of Chip Zdarsky’s run on Daredevil you’ll know I have high praise for the writer/artists reinvention of the character.

In the space of five short issues Zdarsky has completely deconstructed the character, taking him to an incredibly new low point and forcing him to remove the Daredevil persona altogether.

In the wake of Matt’s change in circumstances the various supporting players reactions are highlighted in this issue.

But first things first: Matt has a new spring in his step. Shrugging off his problems he is back to work and trying to live a normal life. We get to see a few small glimpses of what that life looks like in this issue as he purchases a gift for Foggy and attempts to use his abilities to aid in his flirting and we see he is now working as legal aid in the local police station.

Although I have a feeling this may not last for too long right now this is a great breather in the heavy story.

With Daredevil off the streets things are not going too well for Detective Cole however. He’s in trouble with his boss for his methods but it seems like Zdarsky is building this guy up for a huge fall.

It’s a perfect twist on the events that Cole needs Daredevil to give him purpose. Though his quest was ultimately admirable, trying to rid New York of vigilantes is an honourable idea but not when half the police force you are working with praise the vigilantes for helping to keep the city safe.

Kingpin – sorry Wilson Fisk – is also having problems dealing with the new status quo and he’s taking it out on his goons. With no Daredevil to contend with he’s both a bit bored and rather angsty.

Of course the concern is that Zdarsky is building towards an epically evil turn from Fisk in order to drive Matt Murdock in to putting the costume back on.

The issue ends with an interesting twist as a shop owner is forced in to paying protection money to a local goon. It’s a moment which shows that regardless of Matt’s feeling there are still people who need Daredevil. It will be interesting to see how this new subplot builds in to Matt’s potential return as Daredevil in the future.

Verdict

Chip Zdarsky continues an incredible reinvention of the Man Without Fear by removing the character from the picture altogether. We’re in a brave new world True Believers and it’s one you don’t want to miss!

7/10

Daredevil #6 is written by Chip Zdarsky with pencils by Lalit Kumar Sharma, inks by Jay Leisten and colours by Java Tartaglia. Cover art comes from Julian Totino Tedesco.

Daredevil #6 cover art by Julian Totino Tedesco

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