The Daredevil comic book will always have a special place in my geeky heart. It was one of the first American comics that I bought and read monthly. This is going back to the late 1980s when Ann Nocenti was writing it after Frank Miller’s famous run on the title. I was fascinated by the character of Matt Murdock, blind lawyer by day, devil-horned crime fighter by night. Despite losing his sight as a child, he developed incredibly heightened senses of hearing, touch, smell and taste. The fact that he kind of resembled a red ninja was another reason I got interested in the character.
After a long time away from the comic, I started reading Daredevil again in 2019 when Chip Zdarsky began his run. He was joined by Italian artist Marco Checchetto who brought a gritty yet eye-catching style to the book. His art is spectacular at times with both realistic character renderings as well as dynamic and fluid action scenes. Checchetto’s run as artist on Daredevil has garnered a lot of deserved praise. I highly recommend you check out his work on the title.
So I was disappointed to hear Zdarsky & Checchetto’s run on Daredevil was coming to an end after 36 issues. I’d heard they were going to be working on the Devil’s Reign miniseries, but I didn’t know that Marvel would be relaunching Daredevil for Volume 7 in July 2022. Thus we have a new Daredevil issue #1 for the seventh time! Well, it’s a nice opportunity for Marvel to bring out a slew of variant covers, something they seem to thrive on these days.
Is Daredevil #1 (2022) Any Good?
Yes, I’m happy to say this is another excellent issue of Daredevil. It’s also a bumper issue comprising of 36 pages instead of the regular 20. We get two connected stories in this opening issue, one focussing on Matt Murdock as Daredevil and the other featuring Elektra Nachios as Daredevil, too. Confused? I won’t elaborate as I want to avoid spoilers for the previous 36 issues. The question is can you read this new issue without reading what has come before?
Well, you can but you will probably be scratching your head at times as there are references to events in earlier Zdarsky Daredevil issues as well as the Devil’s Reign miniseries. These concern Matt Murdock, Elektra and “Kingpin” Wilson Fisk. I was very happy to see Spider-Man make an appearance. We briefly see Daredevil and Spidey working together fighting some of the New York underworld. I have to say that artist Marco Checchetto draws a great Spider-Man! It would be awesome to see him on the main Spidey comic. But saying that, I don’t want to see him leave Daredevil.
The second story featuring Elektra shows her travelling to a remote island where she meets up with her old sensei Stick. He accuses Elektra of losing her edge and they end up sparring, with both of them fighting well. Rafael De Latorre takes over on art duties here and I enjoyed his style, especially the way he depicts the fight scenes. Here are a couple of pages showcasing his art:
As always, thank you so much for reading! Below is a link to the video review I did if you’d like to see more of the story and art.
-Wakizashi, *feeling excited by two excellent comics both written by Chip Zdarsky: Daredevil #1 and Batman #125. I recommend them both.*