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Detective Cole North meets with Daredevil to discuss the latter’s late night activities. North still wants to take in Daredevil, but North can’t deny how many people the vigilante has helped. Meanwhile, Mayor Wilson Fisk’s future legal marijuana business hits a roadblock. Later, Mindy meets with Matt Murdock in his apartment, and Detective North stops an assault in Hell’s Kitchen. Elsewhere, Hammerhead meets up with Izzy Libris about a potential partnership against the Owl’s hostile business expansion.
Daredevil #14 finds Detective North and Daredevil finally meeting again to come to an understanding. Cole North is a by-the-book cop who can’t sign off on Daredevil’s vigilantism, but he’s also seen that the police and the system they serve is so corrupt that no true justice can be accomplished by them. However, Daredevil just might be able to eke out some justice by skirting the process.
Kingpin experiences some issues of his own this issue, as he discovers that acquiring “legal” profits in the world of high finance and real estate is just as crooked and rotten as his underworld criminal enterprise.
All in all, Daredevil #14 is pretty damn cynical when it comes to the concept of legitimacy, and that conversely gives the comic a lot of charm. It’s one of the few comics I’ve read in some time that actually tries to make a moral case for vigilantism, and it doesn’t make a bad one at that (not that I’m endorsing the practice in real life).
Make no mistake, the story surrounding Hammerhead, and Libris are quite engaging as well. I look forward to seeing how it develops and how it comes into collision with Daredevil’s tenuous return.
Marco Checchetto and Francesco Mobili split up the artwork, with Checchetto covering the North and Daredevil stuff and Mobili covering the Kingpin and Hammerhead sections. Both artists once again prove to be extremely talented and are backed up by the skilled color art of Nolan Woodard.
Daredevil #14 continues Chip Zdarsky’s hot streak on the Man Without Fear’s title. Matt Murdock and Cole North’s heart-to-heart raises more questions about Daredevil’s future, while the Kingpin continues to crack under the pressure of “legitimacy.” It’s a compelling read with expert visual work, and it easily earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Daredevil #14 comes to us from writer Chip Zdarsky, artists Marco Checchetto and Francesco Mobili, color artist Nolan Woodard, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco, and variant cover artist Skan.
Final Score: 8/10
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