The Owl, The Spider, And The King: Daredevil #11 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Another Daredevil shows up to stop a violent man from attacking his girlfriend, and the cops arrive to stop him. Matt Murdock, under a makeshift mask, is at the mercy of Elektra who claims to want to “retrain” Daredevil. Detective Cole North sets up a fake robbery to lure out Spider-Man for capture from the NYPD. Mayor Wilson Fisk kidnaps and negotiates with the Owl for reprisal on the Libris Family attack. The city needs Daredevil, but can Matt ever return to that title?

Daredevil #11 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Daredevil #11 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

Daredevil #11 finds Matt Murdock still struggling with what he is willing to do about the Man Without Fear title. He can’t sit back and let violence and oppression take place in his midst, but he’s still racked with guilt over the man he accidentally killed. Now Elektra is complicating things further.
The two best scenes of the comic are definitely the confrontation between Fisk and Owl and Spider-Man’s conversation with Cole North. Both involve a mission statement of sorts. Owlsley makes it clear that he knows Fisk isn’t willing to expose himself in his reprisal against the Owl, and Spider-Man makes it clear that what North is doing is legal but not necessarily right.
Both of these scenes are quite tense and have some emotional heft. We’ve been watching Fisk get away with everything he’s ever done as mayor and North crack down on heroes, and it’s cathartic seeing people push back.
Daredevil #11 art by Marco Checchetto, Nolan Woodard, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Daredevil #11 art by Marco Checchetto, Nolan Woodard, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Marco Checchetto’s artwork is once again quite phenomenal. The styling, texture work, and sleekness of his aesthetic makes many of the panels in this comic memorable and mesmerizing. Fisk himself gets quite a good treatment in the book. Nolan Woodard provides excellent color art to boost the moodiness and atmosphere of the book and plays of Checchetto very well.
Daredevil #11 is another compelling installment of this run. The continued turmoil of Matt Murdock is chronicled while Mayor Fisk continues to scheme and Spider-Man fights for the heroes. It’s a damn good read and is easily worth a recommendation. Check it out.
Daredevil #11 comes to us from writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Marco Checchetto, color artist Nolan Woodard, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco, and variant cover artist Khoi Pham with Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Final Score: 8.5/10

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