Doing Time is the sixth collection from Chip Zdarsky & co.’s run on Daredevil in which they have made some drastic changes to Daredevil and Hell’s Kitchen. This is an excellent collection of comics on a fan-favorite hero that many will be talking about for years. I was amazed at how Zdarsky was able to work in the King in Black crossover and still managed to drive his story forward. There are some great character visuals that I hope Hasbro looks to for future Marvel Legends action figures in these pages. Here is a quick rundown of the issues with links for more details.
Daredevil #26 – This is a great tie-in issue to King in Black. Yes, it does change lanes with what we have been reading and wanting, but Zdarsky makes this a side trip you’ll want to go on. Get ready for some wild showdowns, plot advancement, and a broken man meeting a dark god. Hell’s Kitchen is cooking! 9.5/10
Daredevil #27 – The art department on this book is just stellar; color artist Marcio Menyz does a great job keeping the style and tone of this book meshed well. Zdarsky is just sticking it to these characters, but it makes for intriguing dilemmas and reminds us of how they endure. I feel this could’ve benefited by having a third issue to the arc, as it would’ve been great to see this play out more, but hopefully, we will see the fallout continue in the next issue. 9/10
Daredevil #28 – This is a spectacular character issue with an exciting development at the end. Zdarsky does a fantastic job mixing a character piece with the comedown comic from an event and tops it off with a wild ending. Checchetto goes solo on this issue and nails it by dropping so much emotion from his characters like you can feel their sorrow and heartache. 9.5/10
Daredevil #29 – Daredevil #29 is a significant issue that drives existing characters forward while fleshing out new ones. Plus, a villain is returning, so that will 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! A wild mix of drama, mystery, and action, as only this DD team can do it! 9/10
Daredevil #30 – While Daredevil #30 is dialogue-heavy, it builds the “Doing Time” arc as the characters get ready for intersections that will make for great action later. Artists Marco Checchetto and Mike Hawthorne shine with their art and the feelings they showcase. However, that last page is going to make things messy later in this arc! 9/10
Altogether, this is a fantastic set of issues collected in trade paperback format. As for the trade itself, there is not much outside of the standard collection of comics and variant covers. We do get some black and white pages from artists Marco Checchetto and Mike Hawthorne, though. I get that these trades are a value-priced set of issues, but I wish Marvel would give a little more, maybe an introduction from a creative team member.
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