Review: Daredevil #601



I came to this run of Daredevil written by Charles Soule a few issues after it had come out. I never expected it to grab me as much as it did. From the intriguing villains like Tenfingers, and Muse, to newer and interesting characters like Blindspot, and how well Soule wove the deep history of friends and foes of Matthew Murdock’s past in with new storylines so well. Fast forward quite a few issues, and this series is still fantastic, and in my opinion, one of Marvel’s best titles.

Now, to have a truly great Daredevil run, you really should have Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin in there, and I am glad to say that’s exactly what this arc has, and lots of him. I like my villains to be layered, and to sometimes surprise you, and what Marvel has done with Fisk lately with the Civil War II miniseries and the other miniseries following that, both showed you another side of the character. Sure he’s violent, unpredictable, corrupt, and menacing, but there’s also an oddly compassionate, forgiving, admiring side there too. He may be a bad guy, but he’s not quite Carnage. Now with Fisk being mayor, we get a balance between both sides. You can see he cares about things, and isn’t pure evil, but if you get in his way, he will run through you like a bull would to red cloth.

I am happy to say that this arc of Mayor Fisk just keeps getting better. From the minute Fisk became the mayor, to the fallout from Daredevil #600, to this issue, I have been loving every minute of it. This is what superhero comics should be. Filled with action, but also give you some unexpected turns, some great dialogue, and set up what comes next. Soule does that masterfully here. Even after this comic has finished, I am wondering where he will go next in issue #602, and that is exciting. Don’t get me wrong, you may have an idea where it will go, but there’s always some new and intriguing development in this arc, and I love it.

Due to a loophole, Matt Murdock is now the mayor of New York City, while Wilson Fisk lays in the hospital from The Hand’s ruthless attack on him in the last issue. He acts immediately, setting into motion a plan to take on the deadly assassins, and free his friends, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Misty Knight, Iron Fist, Moon Knight, and Colleen Wing. I cannot wait to see where this goes next issue, and I am sure we can all guess, it’s going to be all out war. Don’t forget Blindspot, because I am sure he will be there too.

The art by Mike Henderson and colors by Matt Milla are great. The muted and bright reds blend together to give depth and shadows to a not only Daredevil, but The Hand as well. There are some fantastic panels with very little or no text on them, and they flow from side to side perfectly, creating some awesome action sequences. Henderson does an awesome job on pencils with this comic considering the big shoes Ron Garney leaves when he isn’t on it.

If you have never read a Daredevil comic before, but are a fan of the Netflix show, grab this and issue #600 and you will be fine with the story going forward. You may need to figure some things out along the way, but this is a solid jumping on point. If you love Daredevil comics, and aren’t reading this run, or even this arc, do yourself a favor and buy these comics, or wait for the trade. Either way this story and this run will go down as a classic run in my opinion.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Mike Henderson Colors: Matt Milla Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review