Daredevil Retires…Again In Daredevil #6

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The Owl continues to spread his power base in Hell’s Kitchen, and Daredevil is no longer around to challenge him. Matt Murdock has retired as the Man Without Fear, and he is know simply a parole officer. Meanwhile, Detective Cole North is hated and demeaned at his precinct, and his captain wants him to go after Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Mayor Wilson Fisk is feeling restless, and he decides it’s time to do something.

Daredevil #6 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Daredevil #6 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

Daredevil #6 once again finds Daredevil “dead.” Matt Murdock no longer believes he should be the vigilante hero of Hell’s Kitchen, and his old enemies are using this opportunity to expand and consolidate.

Funnily enough, it seems that those who hated Daredevil the most are the ones who will want to see him return. Detective Cole North is exposed to the seedy side of the NYPD, and Mayor Wilson Fisk needs an adversary.

It does feel like we’re getting into a bit of a loop given that we just had a “Death of Daredevil” story followed by a retirement story in Man Without Fear. “No Devils, Only God” is still starting on an interesting note at least, but it feels like we just had a story like this–and that is a bit of a problem.

Daredevil #6 art by Lalit Kumar Sharma, Jey Leisten, Java Tartaglia, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Daredevil #6 art by Lalit Kumar Sharma, Jey Leisten, Java Tartaglia, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Lalit Kumar Sharma brings a bit of a classic aesthetic to Daredevil with this issue. The detail-work is quite good, though some of the movements look a little strange. The good outweighs the bad in this regard, though. Java Tartaglia’s color work is bright and well-balanced and looks damn good as well.

Daredevil #6 brings plenty of interesting plot and character threads into the mix, even if itt feels a little like a repeat of “Death of Daredevil” and Man Without Fear, but I trust Chip Zdarsky to keep things fresh. All in all, this one is worth a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Daredevil #6 comes to us from writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Lalit Kumar Sharma, inker Jay Leisten, color artist Java Tartaglia, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco, and variant cover artist John Romita Jr. with Jason Keith.

Final Score: 7/10

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