Nowhere to Run
In the last issue of Daredevil, Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime, was elected Mayor of New York City. Matt Murdock knew something had to be awry for someone like the Kingpin to be elected leader of the City he loves and protects. At the end of Daredevil #595 Matthew confronts Fisk in his office as Daredevil. While Fisk and DD were alone in his office Fisk falsely accused DD of attacking him, and the Man Without Fear had to smash through his high-rise office window to make his escape from the NYPD!
Now in Daredevil #596, he is on the run, as Mayor Fisk has made Daredevil Public Enemy #1 for the NYPD. Matt is going to have to use all of his superhero skills to evade the NYPD and make it back to his office, as it seems this is a case that lawyer Matt Murdock can handle better than the high-flying hero Daredevil. Escaping the NYPD is easier said than done when you have every patrol car, helicopter and police officer trying to catch you! Will Matt Murdock be able to stop Wilson Fisk before he destroys New York City, or is this the beginning of the end for Daredevil?
Daredevil #596 is essentially a big chase scene, and it is fantastic! Charles Soule scripts this issue very well. The story gets pushed along nicely and he makes Daredevil #596 very exciting to read. I am liking what Soule is doing with Matt Murdock as a character. It is teased a little bit in this issue (no spoilers) but one of the most interesting aspects is his mentorship with Blind Spot. I am super interested to see what happens with that. There is a lot that happens in Daredevil #596. A lot of it is setting up the rest of this Mayor Fisk story arc, but it does not feel like a setup issue. It all feels like a part of the story and not like we have to do these things to get to the story; Daredevil #596 is the story and that is a great credit to the writing of Charles Soule.
I am really digging the art team of Stefano Landini and Matt Mila. They work well together. Landini, while I am still not really liking how he draws Matt Murdock, nails everything else. Daredevil looks excellent in his costume and he plays out the chase scene in Daredevil #596 perfectly. Chase scenes are tricky in comics because you are dealing with static images, so that feeling of “the chase” is sometimes hard to catch. Landini has no problems in this issue; he structures it well, with some great panel layouts. He makes everything feel like it is moving by breaking the panel borders and giving the sense of characters moving across the pages. Landini’s art really makes Daredevil #596 an exciting read.
Matt Mila’s colors continue to shine, as he nails DD’s red costume: it really just pops off the pages. I really like how in this issue Mila plays with the police lights in the dark city; they look great. Mila also plays well with the darkness and shadows in this issue, to great effect.
On a side note, Dan Mora (from Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville and Go Go Power Rangers) is doing the covers for Daredevil and they look fantastic. Marvel needs to get him on interiors for one of their series, fast!
Daredevil #596 is a great superhero comic book; the creative team made this issue a lot of fun and brought out some very interesting story points that will have definite repercussions as this storyline continues. I have not heard a lot of people talking about this Daredevil run, and if you haven’t been reading it, you should. Soule has been doing an excellent job since taking over when it relaunched, and there has been a great rotation of artists.
Wilson Fisk is the Mayor of New York City and Daredevil has to bring him down. You are not going to want to miss out!
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