Review: ‘Daredevil’ #22 Takes Back The City

by Tony Thornley

Overview

“TRUTH/DARE” CONTINUES! Still grappling with the blood on his hands, Matt Murdock makes one of the biggest choices of his life. But what effect will Matt’s choices have on DAREDEVIL? And what about the people who need him? See why people are talking about DAREDEVIL as one of Marvel’s best ongoing series!

Overall
8/10
8/10

Despite all the mistakes Matt Murdock has made, he’s had one thing at his core that’s kept him from falling apart. In Daredevil #22 we see what that is- Matt Murdock is basically a good person.

Cover by Marco Checcetto & Nolan Woodard

For this entire run, Matt has been running away from all he’s done wrong. But this issue shows what happens when he embraces what he is as a symbol. It comes to us from Chip Zdarsky, Francesco Mobili, Victor Olazaba, Mattia Iacono, and Clayton Cowles.

Daredevil is on trial. With charges filed against him for the death of a street thug, Matt Murdock scrambles to ensure that Hell’s Kitchen is a better place while he’s behind bars. However, it’s not over yet, as Foggy Nelson calls in a secret weapon to help in Matt’s defense!

This is a transition issue as the story arc sets up the events to come over the next several issues. However, this isn’t JUST a plot or exposition dump, and it shows Zdarsky’s skill as a writer. Matt’s internal monologue is a deep dive into his psyche as he genuinely grapples with what he’s done and his fate, but it also shows that there’s a way through this for him. Beyond that though, the mid-issue team-up with Iron Man is where the issue shines.

There’s no doubt that Matt has always been in favor of social justice causes. He’s taken enough hopeless cases to prove it. Here though, he implores Tony Stark to do better, and step into the situation in a way that would affect real positive change for the Kitchen. It’s incredibly poignant, but it’s also a realistic take on real world issues in a superhero universe.

Mobili and Olazaba step in on art for this issue. Though they aren’t as polished as Marco Checcetto or Jorge Fornes, they do a great job at showing the struggle Matt is going through, even if he’s attempting to remain stoic. Simple changes in body language and facial expression, when paired with Cowles’ lettering bringing the script to life, make the readers feel not just the anguish Matt is feeling, but also the anger of Wilson Fisk, or the tightly coiled threat of Typhoid. Iacono’s colors tie it closely to the rest of the run but it also makes sure that this New York City feels authentic while remaining fantastic.

Daredevil is in for the fight of his life but this issue shows us that he’s affected change, hopefully for the better.

Daredevil #22 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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