Chip Zdarsky, Rafael de Latorre, and Marco Checchetto launched a new volume of Daredevil after the Devil’s Reign event. This trade paperback will collect the first five issues of that volume. So much happens as Matt Murdock is freed of his day-to-day life as Matt and is thrust into the crazy world of helping to lead the Fist. From Hell’s Kitchen to a world stage to eradicate evil, watch as Daredevils do what they can to save everyone while they keep their souls.
We have been fortunate with these last two series of Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky and company, as they have been very character-driven and honest. Within this trade, Zdarsky will bring in characters and give them depth and a chance for redemption – you will find yourself rooting for them. Some are also very challenging, like Robert Goldman and Bullet, but they help the story by challenging Matt Murdock’s convictions. That challenge is great as it hits Matt internally, which is the hardest hit for him, so we get some profound writing that can bear witness to a hero or a madman.
The art is also always unique; we have artists Marco Checchetto and Rafael de Latorre with colorist Matt Wilson on the central issues. Checchetto and de Latorre always bring amazing action to their pages, and it works for characters like Daredevil and Elektra facing off against the Hand. The fighting is like ballet as the movement is choreographed so perfectly on the panels, while Wilson keeps a strong sense of continuity with his colors that you can’t tell the difference in the art. I’ve included links to full reviews of each issue, and here are some snippets:
Daredevil #1 hits heavy as we see Matt Murdock go through some familiar pain. Chip and Marco are continuing their trailblazing run on Daredevil, I think this will live up to the phrase, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Buckle up and keep your head on a swivel, as it will be a hell of a ride.
Daredevil #2 (LGY #650) is an excellent issue worth the celebration, and I think that ending will give many fans something to talk about. You’ll discover new layers to Matt’s life and gain a unique insight into why they happened. This new villain is a formidable adversary who hits Matt right in the religion. All this is wrapped up in beautiful art by current and past creators, such as Ann Nocenti, Scott Hanna, Klaus Janson, Chris Samnee, John Romita Jr., Alex Maleev, Paul Azaceta, Chris Giarruso, Mike Hawthorne, and Phil Noto.
Daredevil #3 contains significant character interactions that create a potential crossover with the Hand. Luke Cage was one of the stars of this issue and proves that when you pick up the Daredevil series, you get more than just the Man Without Fear. Matt is looking to set up an army, and he has quite the cast to help him do that.
In Daredevil #4, the art department continues to hold to its high standard. Rafael de Latorre and Matthew Wilson craft quite the world in this issue as we are deep in the mountains of mysticism. Rafael draws the scenes perfectly with his massively brutal action sequences and challenges himself by making the intimate moments just as exciting without losing the emotional connection. Matthew colors the art perfectly so you can feel lost in the world. Don’t miss out on this issue that sets the stage for the new era of Daredevil. I am so surprised by the events here that they didn’t use this in the milestone #1 or #650 issues.
With the closing issue, the creative team plays with the prison scene by having familiar faces appear. It’s an exciting choice for Elektra and Daredevil to use for recruiting forces, playing to having faith in second chances, Daredevil’s relationship with Elektra, and even his inner struggles to be a better man. The issue will be a quick read with beautiful art, but take note of Daredevil’s interactions with Detective Cole and the character at the end. I can see Chip Zdarsky using those two characters as the angel and devil on Matt’s shoulders for the upcoming conflict with the Hand.
In Daredevil & Elektra by Chip Zdarsky Vol. 1: The Red Fist Saga, Zdarsky, Checchetto, de Latorre, and Wilson continue to deliver some of the best Daredevil action. If you’ve lapsed on this series or want to return, start here, as the current story has Daredevil and company on a collision course with the Hand and the Punisher. Both characters are set in their ways and believe they are doing the right thing, but does that make it so? Watch the journey through hell continue here.
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