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Review – Daredevil #6 (Marvel Comics)

Daredevil #6
Daredevil #6
Overall
8.3/10
8.3/10
  • Writing - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Art - 7/10
    7/10
  • Overall - 8.3/10
    8.3/10
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Summary

Writer: Chip Zdarsky

Pencils: Lalit Kumar Sharma

Inks: Jay Leisten

Colorist: Java Tartaglia

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Maturity Rating: Teen

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Release: May 29, 2019

Matt Murdock has put down the mask. Daredevil is officially no more. What does that mean for Detective North and what does that mean for Hell’s Kitchen?

 

 

No Devils, Only God Part 1 Daredevil #6

 

After accidentally killing a man stopping a robbery (see issue #1), Matt Murdock has become more reckless. Consumed with the thought he must have been set up! Detective North was brought in from Chicago with one goal on his mind to stop masked vigilantes and DD was the top of his list. Well, a fist fight with North and a run in with the Punisher has sent Daredevil over the edge. Daredevil’s friends stepped in and convinced him it is time to put down the mask. He made mistakes and he is being too reckless. Now in Daredevil #6 Hell’s Kitchen is without its Guardian Devil. Detective North is at odds with the police force and Matt Murdock has found a new job. Can the city survive without the devil watching over it?

Writing

Daredevil #6  (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco (Marvel)
Daredevil #6 (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco (Marvel)

Man, I am really enjoying what Chip Zdarsky is doing with Daredevil. I hate the thought of Daredevil killing somebody even if it was by accident. It brings Matt Murdock into a new headspace to have to deal with that scenario. Having all of Daredevils superhero friends come in the previous issue and convince it was time to put down the mask was a great piece of storytelling as well.

Zdarsky also does some great character work with Detective North in Daredevil #6. He has been slowly built up. Now that Daredevil is out of the way we kind of get to see what his character is all about. Plus now the police force is at odds with him. So, North is kind of questioning his own part in all of this.

I am very interested to see where Zdarsky is taking this story. He has added some interesting layers in the story with this issue. It will be interesting to see how Zdarsky has Matt deal with this whole situation psychologically. Matt has been down and out before but this is a new area for the character. Plus he has a new and interesting career choice as well.

Art

Regular series artist Marco Chechetto and colorist Sunny Gho are taking this story arc off to get ahead on the third story arc. In place are penciler Lalit Kumar Sharma, inker Jay Leisten, and colorist Java Tartaglia. I feel like it is good to change up the art style due to the significant change in the story. It helps switch up the tone of the story superbly well.

That being said it is a huge style change from the previous five issues. Compared to Chechetto’s style it is a lot more “cartoony”/animated. The coloring is also a lot brighter and softer. I like it for the most part. There are just a few scenes where the perspective feels a little off or weird looking. Some of the action is a little clunky as well. Also, King Pin/ Mayor Fisk looks very weird in the first few panels he shows up in. I really didn’t even recognize him.

Daredevil #6 has fantastic scenes as well. When King Pin is brooding in the shower looks great. With shadows masking his hulking body. The art team captures his proportion dramatically well. 

Conclusion

The story in Daredevil #6 is delightfully well done. It has me hooked into what Zdarsky is going to do with one of my all-time favorite superheroes. There are a lot of things going on and I am not sure in which direction Zdarsky will take this story. While the art is not as dynamic as we have been used to the style change up does help with the little “slower” story switch. Daredevil is dead, long live Matt Murdock.

 


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Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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