Daredevil #3 threw me for a loop as I was reading it, as I felt like I was missing something. So I went back and read the last issue, because Matt’s part left off mysteriously. Even after catching up to that reveal, it leaves me wondering what happened, but it sets the stage for what will happen next. Plus, it made me revisit that cover and gave it some new meaning. Let us jump into this issue and explore what waits!
Starting with that beautiful cover by Marco Checchetto and Matthew Wilson, I am taken aback by the flame horns — it perfectly captures the story inside, as Matt Murdock is still wearing his prison get-up. I’ve been ranting about this volume for quite a while, and I would relate this to seasons four and five of Netflix’s Daredevil show. I would consider this cover a perfect character poster for the “season.”
In my interpretation of the cover, I thought this was Matt enraged with anger as to what is happening in Hell’s Kitchen with a trio of Bullseyes on a murder spree, but as the issue progresses, we see that this is quite the change. After seeing Matt in his Shadowland and King in Black takes, this adds a new level of darkness to the character. I would consider this a turning point issue and wouldn’t be surprised if it gets a reprint in time for issue #34.
I think it would be wise to take a character inventory on Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk after this issue. Their reveals in this issue will help make the reactions deeper from their past problems in those back issues from this volume, especially with Fisk. I am delighted that the explanation of the multiple Bullseyes gets revealed here. Maybe I imagined things, but I see from the art that the specialist who helps with Bullseye in Ravencroft looks just like the officer talking to Cole North. If that is a match, we will have a whole new bag of issues to unpack.
It is great to see Marco Checchetto back on the interior, and he opens the issue hard and fast with the Bullseye flashback and the fight scene with Elektra. I also like how Chip Zdarsky handles Elektra in this fight because she is outclassed, but her “not going to die today” attitude and fast thinking is great. She gets some help from a Marvel Universe guest star, which turns into a fascinating conversation for the two. I think there might be more to that cover hint from issue #22!
Daredevil #33 is another great issue. The reveal to Bullseye, finding this new skeleton in Fisk’s closet, and seeing the path Elektra is on to keep me entertained for the month. I look forward to seeing the wrap-up to these new developments, and this issue helps to carry the arc forward.
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