Review: ‘Daredevil’ #24 Sets Up Big Changes

by Tony Thornley

Overview

Daredevil is headed for the big house, and there’s not much he can do about it!

Overall
8.5/10
8.5/10

Daredevil might be headed to prison. That’s right- not Matt Murdock, but his alter ego, and that all depends on the events about to unfold in Daredevil #24.

Cover by Marco Checchetto & Matthew Wilson

The stakes may have never been higher for Matt as his trial for manslaughter is looming. It doesn’t look good, and that makes for great reading. It comes to us by Chip Zdarksy, Mike Hawthorne, JP Mayer, Mattia Iacono, and Clayton Cowles.

Matt knows that his chances are not looking good, and he knows that outside forces have stacked the trial against him. It’s just a matter of time before he’s in prison. So he does what he does best- make sure the world is a better place in his wake, whether he’s in it or not.

Set-up and exposition issues are always hard. Many writers hit a point mid-arc when they need to slow down, put pieces in place and prepare for explosive finales. That’s exactly the challenge Zdarsky faces, and he completely blows it out of the water thanks to excellent character writing. By centering the story on Matt, he gets in every bit of motivation, every detail of this trial prep, so we as readers don’t just understand but we’re still cheering for him, knowing that he’s going to lose.

Hawthorne is a skilled penciller and Mayer’s inks look good over his work. It’s a solid issue, with a lot of dynamic work throughout. The biggest issue with the art though is that Hawthorne’s style feels out of place compared to past pencillers on the series. His pencils are a bit more classic superhero work while this volume to date typically has had artists who lean heavily into moody noir. It’s good work, but stands out in the series as a whole. However, Iacono’s well-done color art does give it a throughline with the rest of the volume.

Things are looking grim for Daredevil, but that’s when he works best.

Daredevil #24 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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