King in Black might still be going on in the Marvel Universe proper, but it is over and done with as far as the main players in Hell’s Kitchen are concerned. I am very impressed with the way those crossover issues were handled — I was pre-ordering them at first just to keep my collection going, and now I see them as some of my favorites in this volume. This issue was also familiar to me as it really reminded me of those X-Men issues after an event where characters would be in their natural habitat with no disasters happening, living their lives, interacting with each other. That style of comic is very refreshing from time to time, and Daredevil #28 serves that up very nicely along with some interesting situations for our heroes and villains.
This issue, the action comes from the words and emotions of our characters, beautifully rendered by Marco Checchetto’s art and Marcio Menyz’s colors. It’s great to have one artist on the book, giving it a seamless feel. Checchetto and Menyz give us perfect backgrounds and body language to showcase the mental anguish and hard feels that are happening here. When you look at this issue, do yourself a favor and really look at the faces of each character. I really feel that Wilson Fisk actually cares for Typhoid Mary and what has happened to her thanks to his facial expressions.
Even though those two characters have been heels in stories past, it is such a beautiful moment shared with us in this issue. I appreciate that even though all these connections are happening and this is really showing people caring for each other, Elektra still holds true to her character and voice. Her inner monologue recognizes that it is easier “to be responsible for the strong” and Alice isn’t a person that Elektra would’ve interacted with. Keep an eye out for Alice as she might be on the path to something in future issues.
The interactions Matt Murdock goes through are very interesting, starting with Kirsten. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel that this visit of hers with Daredevil in prison might be setting up the idea that she has feelings for our hero and that could be a responsibility Matt will shoulder. I also appreciate the situation Chip Zdarsky puts Matt in with Neil — it’s just heartbreaking enough and it finally gets Matt to do something he should’ve done quite a while ago in getting mental help. There is nothing wrong with that, and this issue shows that we don’t have to do this alone.
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