We left off on a hell of a cliffhanger last issue, and the hits keep on coming in Daredevil #29. To catch everyone up to speed: Matt Murdock in prison as Daredevil, Elektra is protecting Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil, and Mike Murdock is playing the part of his twin brother, Matt. We also get some movement with newer characters like Alice and Butch. So, now that roll call is out there, let’s jump into this issue to what drama awaits!
SPOILERS AHEAD for Daredevil #29!
I really like the inclusion of Alice and Butch — being newer characters, it will be interesting to see which path they choose. Alice sadly has been orphaned after the events of King In Black, and is now being taken care of by Elektra who is asking Alice to decide if she wants to be strong or weak. Butch, on the other hand, is a “glitch in the Matrix” type character since Mike Murdock’s wish to be real also brought Butch into our lives; this issue really shows he is a dependable guy considering the status he just received from Izzy Libris, and I can’t wait for Wilson Fisk to find out about that and Butch as well. These new characters add sizzle to the story already unfolding.
Elektra does some wild stuff as the guardian of Hell’s Kitchen, and one of the major highlights of the issue is when she takes on some protection thugs. She isn’t brutal, but she doesn’t pull punches either, and this is where Marco Checchetto brings Chip Zdarsky’s words to life perfectly. There is a part where Elektra is scrapping with Alice and she says, “let your opponent’s momentum do the work” and Marco shows us just exactly what Chip was saying in that case; those poor noses and legs.
Another crucial aspect of this issue is Matt having to deal with being poisoned. As he is trying to save himself, I like that his mind is really wondering who he can trust and who is out for him. It’s a perfect mix of paranoia and logic hitting you cold all at once. Matt then finds himself out in the yard and has to defend his life from physical attack. So, who would want to poison Matt? The first rule of suspicion is asking who benefits: Wilson Fisk. So how does he go about it? Was it the prison staff or the prisoners?
I have to give a major shout out to Marcio Menyz for the moment we see Matt’s radar in action, as that black, white, and red panel just pops against the rest of the astonishing art on the page. This makes me want to lobby for Daredevil: Red, White, and Black! So lots of fighting action, character development that builds forward, and a villainous return that is just going to be something when that plot point gets played later!
Daredevil #29 is a great issue that drives existing characters forward while fleshing out new ones. Plus, a villain is returning, so that is going to spell disaster when they are up and running. Matt has to hold his own and find out who wants him dead…if he isn’t already! Wild mix of drama, mystery, and action as only this DD team can do it!
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