Hell’s Kitchen Was An Afterthought: ‘Daredevil #17’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Matt Murdock meets with Ms. Carraro, the mother of Joey Carraro–the man for whom Matt is acting as parole officer. Ms. Carraro reveals that her son told her that he’s Daredevil, but she forgives him for accidentally killing her other son. Elsewhere, Izzy Libris has another meeting with Hammerhead; it ends violently. Matt tries once again to explain himself to Foggy, but Foggy isn’t having any of it. Later, Matt goes to the Soho Venetian Masquerade Ball to have a face-to-face with the Stromwyn siblings. This one ends violently too.

Daredevil #17 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Daredevil #17 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

Daredevil #17 finds Matt dealing with the aftermath of the billions he and Elektra stole from the Stromwyns. He distributed it among the people of Hell’s Kitchen, but he knows there will be retribution from the billionaire siblings.

He’s also still struggling with his return to vigilante work. He’s not yet ready to call himself Daredevil, but he doesn’t know what he is. That is one part of the comic that felt pretty repetitive. It feels like Matt has had this talk with Foggy about three or four times over the past five issues. 

That complaint aside, the rest of the comic is excellent. The scene with Ms. Carraro is genuinely heartfelt and emotional. It’s hard to believe that a mother would forgive the man that killed her son, even accidentally. However, Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Fornés make it work here.

The confrontation between Matt and the Stromwyns is chilling too. These two are thoroughly and shockingly cruel. The scale of it does put Fisk to shame.

Speaking of Fisk, he only has one scene in this comic, though I’m sure we’ll see more from him soon.

Daredevil #17 art by Jorge Fornés, Nolan Woodard, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Daredevil #17 art by Jorge Fornés, Nolan Woodard, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Jorge Fornés puts in another strong issue here, giving the world of Matt Murdock the grit and dirt it needs. There is an understated nature to many of the scenes which helps sell the drama and realism. Nolan Woodard brings a well-balanced color palette which maintains the foreboding atmosphere of it all.

Daredevil #17 is another strong showing from Zdarsky, Fornés, and the team. While the pacing is starting to feel a little sluggish here, there is still plenty of intrigue, action, and character drama to keep the book downright gripping. As such, this issue still earns a recommendation. Check it out.

Daredevil #17 comes to us from writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Jorge Fornés, color artist Nolan Woodard, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, and cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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