Marvel Comics Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Marco Checchetto Color Artist: Matthew Wilson Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles Guest Artists: Rafael DeLatorre, Alex Maleev, Paul Azaceta, Phil Noto, Chris Samnee, Klaus Janson, Mike Hawthorne, John Romita Jr., Scott HannaAs we enter the home stretch of Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto’s run on Daredevil, Zdarsky continues to break new ground while paying homage to the character’s past. In an arc that is ostensibly about Matt and Elektra’s final battle with the Hand, neither Elektra nor the Hand appear. Daredevil, meanwhile, finds himself engaged in a bizarre, supernatural encounter with former classmate Robert Goldman. Goldy’s newly revealed abilities challenge Matt’s faith in new ways, and at the same time recontextualize some of his most formative moments as a hero. A host of guest artists depict Goldy’s unseen influence on moments with Mary Walker, Bullseye, the Hand, the Kingpin, and Elektra. Without knowing the source or limits of Goldy’s powers, it’s unclear what kind of challenge Matt could pose against what appears to be, essentially, an angel. Furthermore, there’s no apparent link between Goldy’s interest in Matt and the Fist vs. Hand plot. That said, Goldy has expressed interest in Elektra and Matt as early as the Devil’s Reign event. This issue doubles down on his belief that Matt and Elektra will be the death of one another. Speaking of the red-clad, mostly reformed assassin, the issue’s lack of Elektra –and by extension the Elektra Daredevil kit– is nearly damning. But Checchetto’s rendition of New York City under a driving rain is gorgeous. Goldy’s movements, especially through the air, are both whimsical and burdened by predestined carnage. The issue is anchored by two spectacular set-pieces: the bedlam of a subway car explosion and, per Matt’s description, “the under-construction heavens,” where Checchetto gives frenzied life to the rain, construction work, and general chaos that obfuscates Matt’s senses. Based on Daredevil #2, it’s easy to guess at whose death he’d prefer. The issue ends with something of a bombshell regarding Matt’s relationship with Elektra. Though, the devil’s uncouth romantic dealings may wind up putting that partnership at serious risk.
Chip Zdarsky proposed a simple climax for his Daredevil run: the end of the Hand. So far, the Red Fist Saga has been blood complicated for the devil of Hell's Kitchen--not to mention a whole hell of a lot of fun to read!
- Gorgeous Art