Elektra Returns And A New Villain Arises In Daredevil #610

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Elektra pays a visit to Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil. The two spend a night together, and Matt asks Elektra to stay. She does, and Matt brings her into his operation to bring down Mayor Wilson Fisk. Frank McGee is wary of her, but the team goes forward with their plan to kidnap John (James?) Wesley, the Kingpin’s closest confidant. They strike when he is in transit, and a battle on the streets of New York breaks out.

Daredevil #610 cover by Phil Noto
Daredevil #610 cover by Phil Noto

Daredevil #610 finds Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios reunited, even though both seem to know that it is a bad idea. Daredevil wants to trust Elektra even though she is a killer, and Elektra wants to stay with Matt even though he disapproves of her methods.

The set piece of the issue is the aforementioned street battle between Kingpin’s men and Matt’s team for the fate of John Wesley. It’s pretty damn cool, and Phil Noto does good work with the setup.

We see more of the mysterious assassin from last issue, and we even learn his name.

John (the Marvel Wiki and IMDb say James, the comic says John) Wesley is an old Daredevil character who hasn’t been seen in a while and is surely back due to Toby Leonard Moore’s excellent portrayal of the character in Season One of Netflix’s Daredevil series thrusting this figure into the spotlight again. It’s also just possible that Charles Soule wanted to use this character again; in any case I feel he’s not used to his full potential here.

That’s a minor dig though, as the majority of the comic provides plenty of fun and drama. Elektra, Reader, and the new assassin character especially shine here.

Daredevil #610 art by Phil Noto and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Daredevil #610 art by Phil Noto and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Phil Noto’s artwork is pretty damn fantastic, as it so often is. The action scenes are coherent and play out well. The textured and somewhat smeared look of the inking and characters is distinct and appealing. Daredevil himself looks as awesome as ever, and–this is weirdly specific, I know–I like the way he draws Elektra’s hair. The color palette of the whole comic leans towards red–as it should–but there is a nice balance of blues and browns to keep the contrast strong.

Daredevil #610 is a tense and action-packed second step for “The Death of Daredevil.” We have an intimidating new villain, a mysterious and suspicious return of Elektra, and wonderful artwork from Phil Noto. This one gets a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

Daredevil #610 comes to us from writer Charles Soule, artist and cover artist Phil Noto, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles.

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