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Review – Daredevil #26 (Marvel Comics)

  • Writing - 7/10
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  • Art - 8/10
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  • Overall - 7.5/10
    7.5/10

Daredevil #26

Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Chechetto & Mike Hawthorne
Inker: Adriano Di Benedetto
Colorist: Marcio Menyz
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release: January 27, 2021

Daredevil in prison, Elektra now the protector of Hell’s Kitchen, Knull taking over the world, things are getting wild!

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The King in Black Arrives in Daredevil #26

Well, the King in Black comes to Hell’s Kitchen in Daredevil #26. If you have been reading Marvel Comics kids then you know that Knull has taken over the world. The god of the symbiotes has covered the Earth in symbiote “goo” and turning everyone into his minions. The King in Black storyline has taken over or will take over part of every Marvel Comics story and it is Hell’s Kitchens time in Daredevil #26.

Daredevil #26 (Marvel Comics) Elektra variant cover by Marco Checchetto
Daredevil #26 (Marvel Comics) Elektra variant cover by Marco Checchetto

Daredevil is starting his prison sentence and things are not looking up for the masked vigilante inside the prison walls. Let us just say he is not making many friends. On the outside, the one and only master assassin Elektra has taken over as the “Devil of Hell’s Kitchen”. She is doing her best to make Matt proud but is having a little trouble with the whole no killing part. But things are going well, that is until Knull shows up!

Writing

Daredevil was one series I was dreading a bit about the King in Black storyline infiltrating. Zdarsky has been chugging this story along for a while and the bombastic previous issue had me and it seems everyone else excited for Daredevil #26. Well, unfortunately, a downside to having a connected Universe is that when a huge event like King in Black happens it has to affect everything and that includes Daredevil.

Zdarsky does a solid job of continuing his story while implementing what is happening in the Marvel Universe as a whole. We still get some information about what is happening with Daredevil in prison, while also getting into Elektra’s head as she tries to play the hero. Elektra being Daredevil is the standout of the issue and Zdarsky makes it an extremely interesting story point. He plays with her character dynamics well.

I won’t say it is the best issue as the King in Black and symbiote stuff does seem to throw the story off a bit, but I am interested to see what exactly happens next. I won’t spoil the ending of the issue, but the conclusion of Daredevil #26 does seem to throw a big weird wrench into the ongoing storyline. It doesn’t have me excited, but I am curious how Zdarsky is going to bring back his story after this event is over.

Art

Marco Chechetto and Mike Hawthorne share art duties with Adriano Di Benedetto on inks and Marcio Menyz on colors for Daredevil #26. If you have been following this series then Chechetto and Hawthorne are two names you know. Each has done their share of work on the series previously. The issue switches between artists for the two storylines shown. Hawthorne details Matt Murdock in prison, while Chechetto gives us Elektra as Daredevil storyline.

Chechetto is always great to see. He can keep drawing Elektra in her Daredevil outfit as long as he wants to. That costume is just spectacular. Chechetto always shows great detail, he also has some very creepy imagery as symbiotes start taking over citizens of Hell’s Kitchen that will be burned in your memory. Hawthorne has a bit more “animated” type styling than Chechetto’s. They are not wildly different but the change is noticeable. Hawthorne’s images have a “softer” feel to them. While Chechetto has the more “realistic” feel to them.

The change-up in art styles between storylines is not a huge thing as both artists are talented. I do prefer Chechetto, just for his stylings and it seems to have a better fit for this storyline. Color artist Marcio Menyz does keep things together with solid consistent work through Daredevil #26.

Conclusion

Daredevil #26 is a bit of an odd issue. On one point the story does continue forward. Zdarsky works in the King in Black storyline while continuing his story of Daredevil in prison and Elektra taking over as protector of Hell’s Kitchen. But I feel myself more wondering what would have happened without all the chaos of this event infiltrating this storyline. What would have Zdarsky done instead? Also ending I am not too thrilled about the. Now it could turn out to be something cool, and I do like the dialogue and what Zdarsky plays with, but I don’t know how he gets back to his normal storyline after the events of Daredevil #26 and whatever happens in the next issue?


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