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Review – Daredevil #3 (Marvel Comics)

Daredevil #3 (Marvel Comics) cover (detail) by Julian Totino Tedesco
Daredevil #3
Overall
8.3/10
8.3/10
  • Writing - 8/10
    8/10
  • Art - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Overall - 8.3/10
    8.3/10
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Summary

Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Marco Checchetto
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: March 27, 2019

Mayor Fisk wants nothing more than Daredevil behind bars, and he might just get his wish in Daredevil #3!

 

On the Run in Daredevil #3

Ever since Wilson Fisk became Mayor of New York City, the Kingpin has had it out for Daredevil (way back in issue #595). He has had the NYPD on the devil’s tail since day 1. Now it seems they have finally caught up with the devil of Hell’s Kitchen. DD went back to the crime scene where he stopped a robbery but one of the men died during the fight. The blame was put on Daredevil. In his weakened/rusty state could DD have slipped up? Matt has to find the answers, but Detective North, recently transferred from Chicago with a chip on his shoulder for masked vigilantes is there also, and puts a bullet in Matt Murdock. Are Daredevil’s days of dancing on the rooftops, saving the city, over? What about all the good he has done for Hell’s Kitchen? Plus, if Wilson Fisk isn’t behind all of this, who could be? Find out in Daredevil #3!

Writing

Daredevil #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
Daredevil #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

Chip Zdarsky is doing a phenomenal job on Daredevil right now. He has got a good solid foothold on the character and a strong start to his run so far. He is playing around with a lot of Daredevil tropes, from the violence, to the Catholic guilt, to Daredevil continuing to get beaten down only to get back up; heck, throw in some ninjas and it is all there.

I like that in Daredevil #3 Zdarsky continues to switch perspectives between Matt Murdock and this new character Detective North. We get the point of view from Daredevil and North, and it helps to add a lot to the story. It also lets us get to know this new character better as well. Zdarsky also uses caption boxes for characters’ thoughts. Zdarsky uses those to his advantage in adding great context to the characters’ actions and motivations throughout the issue. 

There is one scene in Daredevil #3 that is a little goofy. I won’t say what, to not spoil the issue, but I kind of rolled my eyes a little. I know it is a superhero book and everything is unbelievable and the dramatics are ramped up. But this one part between Detective North and DD was just a little bit odd.

Art

Marco Checchetto‘s style works well for the gritty back-to-basics Daredevil storyline that Zdarsky has been delivering. Checchetto catches that bit of “grimy” street-level hero feel. Checchetto brings a little roughness and a little more aggressiveness to the story. More in the ways characters are depicted and the level of violence in the issue. His ink lines remain very clean and tight but the way he depicts the action sequences is a little more vicious and brutal than in the previous arcs of Daredevil.

I enjoy Checchetto’s structuring of scenes in Daredevil #3 as well. He does a great job of balancing large and smaller panels and having the action sequences kind of build up to a big finale. It felt a lot like David Marquez’s action sequences in the current Avengers or when he was on The Defenders. Just good sequencing of events and structuring of those fight scenes, in that they are exciting and easy to follow as well.

Sunny Gho‘s coloring work fits well with the story as well. Sometimes it feels a little too “clean” but it still fits. The coloring work feels bright but dark at the same time. It is not overtly just dark and dreary. There is this certain brightness that peeks through, while still clinging to the darkness of the story, that works well.

Conclusion

Daredevil #3 is another excellent issue into this new Daredevil series. It does a good job of getting Daredevil “back to basics” while still opening up new ground and story points. It also has a great little ending that has me excited for the next issue. If you like Daredevil I can’t imagine you not liking the past three issues. It is classic stuff that, while not exactly breaking new ground in Daredevil lore, adds a lot to the character and is all-around just a good comic book.


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