Daredevil’s memories are back, and now he must manage his desire to be Daredevil and his desire to be a priest. Find out what happens in Daredevil #3 by Marvel Comics!
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artists: Aaron Kuder, Farid Karami, and Cam Smith
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Editor: Devin Lewis
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: November 15th, 2023
Previously in Daredevil: Matt Murdock lost his sight but gained a fantastic 360-degree radar sense. Recently, he was trapped in hell but returned to life – born again as a Catholic priest overseeing the Saint Nicholas Youth Home. His memory returns after a demon momentarily targets Elektra, the current Daredevil. He returns to his costume and goes after a new gang called “The Heat” and realizes false reports against St. Nick are coming from his old friend, Ben Ulrich!
Daredevil #3 highlights the impossibility of balancing Daredevil and Father Murdock. The comic opens with Daredevil investigating Ben and realizing that something is wrong but, in turn, nearly missing his meeting with CPS about the state of the foster kids under his care. He burns off steam by going after “The Heat” gang and finds a major base. After violently beating multiple members to a pulp, he listens to a voicemail and learns that one of the kids had night terrors, and Matt wasn’t there to help, which furthers his guilt. As the battle ends, he realizes that two of these men were police officers who visited the foster home for a bit. He also finds a phone call and hears the voice of an old enemy, Bullseye.
I, the writer of this article, have been under a lot of stress with looming deadlines. I often find myself a little more irritable as the nights seemingly go longer and longer. As Daredevil #3 progressed, I was surprised to see how much I understood Matt here. I understood the need to take out frustration. Now, I try to convey my emotions a little healthier than Daredevil, but the creative team did a great job making the character believable. Because of that, I was enthralled by the story throughout the comic. I wanted to know what was going on with Ben, and I appreciated the violence and understood the consequences. I was only slightly taken aback by the reveal of Bullseye. I don’t know the character very well, but he has a goofy look, which took me out of the moment for a second. Despite that, I enjoyed this comic.
On top of that, the art is stylish. I liked the details, like the pair of shoes on the power line, and the red color of Daredevil always pops out on the page. These details on the line work and the colors take the book to another level.
I think I was on the fence for this title’s first couple of issues, but Daredevil #3 brought me around to the story. I want to know more about the mystery going on. I want to see this balance between Daredevil and the foster home and what Ben Ulrich is up to. With that in mind, Daredevil #3 is a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Daredevil #3 invested me in the story, and now I will pick up the rest of this story arc with no questions asked.