Hell Comes For The Kitchen: ‘Daredevil #19’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

The police’s search for the Owl continues, but it’s interrupted by a mass attack on Hell’s Kitchen being carried out by Bullseye, Crossbones, and Rhino among others. The police try to slow them down, but they are badly outgunned. Bullseye and Crossbones begin killing indiscriminately. Detective Cole North and Daredevil are on the edge of the Kitchen and they are intercepted by Stilt-Man. Thankfully, Hell’s Kitchen knows how to defend itself. The citizens take to the streets to fight back against these monsters and some even don the mask of the Daredevil to do it.

Daredevil #19 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Daredevil #19 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

Daredevil #19 brings the past few arcs to a violent climax as some of New York’s most dangerous criminals unite to tear Hell’s Kitchen apart. The Kitchen has been without police and heroes for a while now, so it almost seems that these villains have the run of the neighborhood. Thankfully, that’s not true.

It’s a brutal and intense issue. While the likes of Rhino and Stilt-Man aren’t accustomed to killing without concern, Crossbones and Bullseye have no qualms about slaughtering everyone. We are made witness to the wanton destruction, fear, and bloodshed. It also highlights how monstrous both the Stromwyns and the Owl are.

All of this builds up to two major responses that provide a lot of “hell yeah” catharsis to this otherwise bleak comic. First, the citizens of Hell’s Kitchen finally push back against the rampage and then Matt finally arrives to join the fight.

Daredevil #19 art by Marco Checchetto, Mattia Iacono, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Daredevil #19 art by Marco Checchetto, Mattia Iacono, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Marco Checchetto returns with this issue and he makes one hell of a return while he’s at it. He captures the carnage and chaos of Hell’s Kitchen with a seeming ease. His style brings it all to life vividly in his trademark sleek and textured style. Mattia Iacono backs it up with an explosive color treatment that really brings the visuals home.

Daredevil #19 is an exciting and brutal issue, showcasing the worst of humanity tearing through the innocent to serve other equally horrid interests. It’s a damn good comic and reminds me why I love superhero comics so much. Needless to say, this one comes recommended. Give it a read.

Daredevil #19 comes to us from writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Marco Checchetto, color artist Mattia Iacono, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco, and variant cover artist Mike del Mundo.

Final Score: 9/10

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