Daredevil #612

Marvel Comics

Written by Charles Soule

Art by Phil Noto

Letters by Clayton Cowles

Some things are just too good to be true, especially if you’re Matt Murdock.

After surviving an assassination attempt from Bullseye, Daredevil finds himself in The Black Clinic being treated for his injuries. He continues to be suspicious of his brother Mike for bringing him to be healed rather than killing him, but those concerns go away when The Vigil returns. Their fight forces Matt through a window, giving him enough time to escape.

Reinvigorated and ready to get back in the fight, Daredevil tracks down Mike’s tip and finally gets the evidence he needs to bring Mayor Fisk down for good. It’s time for Matt Murdock to step up and convince the District Attorney to take the case and the trial of Wilson Fisk begins. It’s an awe-inspiring moment when Daredevil and the other heroes get to take the stand and tell the judge and jury what they know about Kingpin and his crimes.

The icing on the cake is when Fisk takes the stand to testify in his own defense. They just need to unnerve him during his testimony and justice will finally be served.

Unfortunately, nothing in life and death is ever that easy.

In any other circumstance, the reveal at the end of this issue would anger me, but Charles Soule has made this work in this issue. I honestly did not see it coming and was unprepared for it when it happened. After it did, I went back in my mind to everything I read previously and all of it made sense from a narrative and visual standpoint. This was a brilliant conclusion and it was both satisfying and bittersweet in its execution.

What bolstered both elements of this story was the stunning art by Phil Noto. Both the style and tone of the art and colors played into the reveal perfectly. There are moments that are hauntingly beautiful in this issue and this made me go back and re-read the entire arc again. Well done.

Daredevil #612




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