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Daredevil #595

Marvel Comics

Written by Charles Soule

Art by Stefano Landini

Colors by Matt Milla

Letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles

Mayor Fisk Part 1

Wilson Fisk and Matt Murdock have always been opposite sides of the same coin when it comes to their love of the city and how they want to protect it. Unfortunately for Matt, Fisk’s vision might be the one the wins out and the city Matt loves has given him the power to do it. In the aftermath of Secret Empire, riding a wave of positive sentiment from his actions during the blackout and the public sentiment against vigilantes, Wilson Fisk has been elected Mayor of New York. After successfully lobbying to the Supreme Court on behalf of the superhero community, Matt returns to a city celebrating Fisk’s victory.

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Foggy tells Matt about the circumstances of Fisk’s election and even with the knowledge of his actions as the Kingpin, the people decided that he was a different choice and elected him. Things get worse for Matt when he realizes that the negative sentiment against vigilantes and heroes has invaded his friendships with his colleagues as well as his boss in the DA’s office. On orders from the new Mayor, Matt Murdock has been put in charge of building criminal cases against Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Jessica Jones, The Punisher and, of course, Daredevil.

As Matt tries to reconcile his place in the new New York he finds himself in, he decides that going out as Daredevil might be the cure for his melancholy. Unfortunately, Fisk is working on a big picture plan that includes a face to face with the Man Without Fear.

Soule has taken Daredevil back to his roots with this issue. The storytelling is crisp and concise and I enjoyed not only the twists, but the smaller human moments with Matt coming to grips with a city that he loves being changed by the most dangerous person he knows and the people he knows are behind Kingpin politically and personally. It’s going to be a tough road for Matt and that drama is compelling. Landini’s art is perfect for this issue. The crisp, sharp lines add to the tension of the story and the composition of the panels in the alley fight are great. I found myself looking at that sequence multiple times.

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