Humbling A Kingpin: Daredevil #15 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Mayor Wilson Fisk attends a meeting with the billionaire Stromwyn siblings while Matt comes clean about his new vigilante activities with Foggy Nelson. Foggy isn’t happy about Matt’s return to the mask, even if Matt isn’t calling himself Daredevil right now. Afterwards, Matt joins Elektra for a stealthy “conversation” with the governor of New York. Back at Fisk’s meeting with the Stromwyns, the billionaire siblings make it clear that they like Wilson, but they feel he must be punished for his killing Weltford inside their home. They bring in a crew of soldier’s in power armor to administer their punishment. 

Daredevil #15 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Daredevil #15 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

Daredevil #15 finds Fisk being humbled by the Stromwyns while Matt Murdock and Elektra continue their investigation into the deep corruption of the NYPD. 

It’s another high-action issue for the series and we get to see Wilson Fisk made humble in a manner even Daredevil could never achieve. Daredevil is an adversary, but the Stromwyns are like gods in comparison to Fisk. They have money, power, influence, and immunity. Even as the Kingpin of Crime, Fisk could never quite reach the level of the Stromwyns…but he could have struck back at them.

The Elektra and Matt portion of the comic show how Matt’s methods have changed. He’s not fighting carelessly anymore, and he doesn’t engage in needless battles. This makes good on the promises of change made in the first few issues of this Daredevil run. That said, Elektra still has her own designs on Matt.

Daredevil #15 art by Marco Checchetto, Francesco Mobili, Nolan Woodard, Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Daredevil #15 art by Marco Checchetto, Francesco Mobili, Nolan Woodard, Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Marco Checchetto and Francesco Mobili return and split the Matt and Fisk sections respectively. Both artists provide impeccable work with especially good action sequences. Checchetto’s detailing never ceases to amaze and Mobili’s own detailing is even better than the last issue. Rachelle Rosenberg and Nolan Woodard provide the color work for this issue, and they provide a great palette for the book.

Daredevil #15 is another compelling installment for the Man Without Fear’s comic series. We get to see both Fisk and Matt reevaluate how they’ve been handling their respective roles in the world and Checchetto and Mobili provide phenomenal visual work. This one gets another recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

Daredevil #15 comes to us form writer Chip Zdarsky, artists Marco Checchetto and Francesco Mobili, color artists Rachelle Rosenberg and Nolan Woodard, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco, and variant cover artist Ryan Brown.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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