Matt’s latest crusade has pushed him and his team to new heights, but also closer to an inevitable confrontation. Your Major Spoilers review of Daredevil #7 from Marvel Comics, awaits.
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artists: Rafael De Latorre, Marco Checchetto, & Elisabetta D’amico
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Editor: Devin Lewis
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 11th, 2023
Previously in Daredevil: After having broken out a group of repentant supervillains and training them, Matt has decided to take the fight to the streets.
Daredevil #7 opens with Matt and Elektra arguing about what their groups’ next steps should be, the end result being Matt deciding to take his team back into the world to do some good. Things then shift to Charlotte, where the cops are primed to storm a building to force people out based on falsified eviction notices. Each member of the team takes a floor and does their best to fight off the cops and do some good. Things escalate when Matt discovers that there are bombs in the building as a backup in case the cops can’t get the people out. After dealing with the scenario as best as they can, Matt’s team goes to confront the CEO of the company who is behind the evictions. But before he can take in the events of the day, Matt receives a challenge.
A FASCINATING DIRECTION
The character of Daredevil has been gradually being pushed down a strong leftist path for a long time and it’s in Daredevil #7 where the character finally owns this new path. In this issue we see Matt explain that he and his team are all lawbreakers who must act outside the law to do good. He berates a cop for doing the bidding of a corporate overlord rather than help people. He confronts a CEO and essentially critiques the whole concept of unlimited growth and stops just short of stating that he’s going to “eat the rich”. The leadup to this full embrace has been good and the way that Matt leans into it in this issue is satisfying to see. Unfortunately, the one thing that has been hamstringing this latest series, shows up in this issue as well. And, that is the whole plot involving The Hand, and The Punisher’s recent position as their leader. While there’s still time for it to have a satisfying payoff, the whole plot line at this point feels like a safety net in case the more challenging themes of this series don’t hit. Also, the way that The Hand is thrown into this fairly stand-alone issue, was done clumsily and was far too easy to predict.
GET THE MAN A RAZOR
The art in Daredevil #7 falls right in line with how it’s been for the whole series, which is competent but doesn’t really try to do too much. The one nitpicky issue I have here is I just don’t like Matt with the big beard. It’s presence makes it look like Matt’s mask is ill-fitting.
BOTTOM LINE: A GREAT TURNING POINT FOR MATT
In terms for what it does for the character himself, Daredevil #7 is amazing. Seeing Matt fully and unabashedly embrace a political stance is interesting both within this issue and in the context of the character as a whole. The thing that brings this down though is the inclusion of The Hand which is done in a way that is nearly impossible not to see coming. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Daredevil #7 should go down as a defining issue for the character. But without the context of a theoretical future for the character, the issue is diminished because of silly undead ninjas.