How Do You Solve A Problem Like Elektra? Daredevil #16 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Matt Murdock awakens from a night of passion with Elektra Natchios. After a discussion on Matt keeping his identity from Elektra, she informs Matt about Mayor Fisk’s run-in with the Stromwyns. Matt goes out to talk to Fisk about the incident and Fisk tries to stonewall Matt–to little success. In Hell’s Kitchen, Izzy Libris discovers a bloodbath carried out by her new “partner” Hammerhead and his gang. She’s not happy about this turn of events. Later, Matt and Elektra break into the Sectotec server farm, which is owned by the Stromwyns.

Daredevil #16 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Daredevil #16 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

Daredevil #16 finds Matt Murdock struggling with his return to vigilantism with the help of Elektra. Despite her encouragement and evidence to the contrary, Matt insists that he’s not returning to the mantle of Daredevil. That does beg the question as to what to call what Matt is right now, but even he’s not sure what exactly that is.

Wilson Fisk doesn’t have as much page-time in this issue. We only get to see him chastise Matt for his zealous fixation on Hell’s Kitchen.

We get a pretty solid action scene from Sectotec when Matt and Elektra infiltrate it. The Stromywns don’t exactly employ normal security guards and they can actually hold their own against the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.

Daredevil #16 art by Jorge Fornés, Nolan Woodard, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Daredevil #16 art by Jorge Fornés, Nolan Woodard, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Jorge Fornés joins up as the artist on this issue. He brings a more noir-esque style that focuses on shadows and subtle facial expressions and gestures. That said, the action sequence near the end still looks fantastic. The visuals are reminiscent of Chris Samnee’s time on Daredevil, which was a golden era of the title. Needless to say, Jorge Fornés’ artwork kicks ass here. Nolan Woodard brings an effective and moody palette that strikes perfect atmosphere for the book.

Daredevil #16 has the Man Without Fear grappling with his future as a crimefighter and who he is without Daredevil. It also brings him into a brief reunion with Mayor Fisk, which is always welcome. Add to that some excellent visuals and you have a book well worth recommending. Feel free to give it a read.

Daredevil #16 comes to us from writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Jorge Fornés, color artist Nolan Woodard, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco, and variant cover artist Ryan Benjamin with David Curiel.

Final Score: 8.5/10 

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