Daredevil: Back in Black, Volume 8: The Death of Daredevil
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Phil Noto
Published by Marvel
Released February 5, 2019
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While Daredevil has never been one of my favorite Marvel characters, he is one that I’ve always wanted to know a little more about. My interest was piqued by the Daredevil Netflix series, which I loved. After watching it, I started searching for Daredevil comics to read.
From what I have read over the past couple of years, the stories tend to be very hit or miss for me. Regardless of when they were released or who the writers were, I’d say there’s a 50/50 chance of my loving or hating each story arc.
I decided to give this collection a shot after seeing it at my library in the new releases section. It turned out to be mildly entertaining but nothing unique or really enticing.
The story follows Matt Murdock (Daredevil’s true identity) as he works with a lawyer named Frank McGee from the Inhumans to take down Mayor Wilson Fisk (a.k.a. the villain Kingpin) after learning that Fisk bought the election.
McGee puts together a small team to help Murdock/Daredevil find evidence of Fisk’s election tampering. One of these people is named Reader, whose power can make three things become real each day.
One day Daredevil hears a disturbance going on at a bar and decides to see what he can do to help. Once he arrives, however, he’s surprised to meet his fictional brother, Mike Murdock (who I’ve never heard of). With no idea how this “brother” of his has appeared in New York, seemingly really believing he’s Mike Murdock, Daredevil tries to uncover the truth of who Mike Murdock is while simultaneously taking down Mayor Fisk.
This collection comprises issues 606-612 in the Daredevil series. One of my biggest complaints is that, as shocking as Mike Murdock’s appearance is supposed to be, it doesn’t feel like that big of a deal. We barely get to know him at all, which makes any sort of attachment to the character difficult.
A new villain is introduced in this collection, a masked man calling himself The Vigil. He’s a powerful new foe who uses bone daggers to attack his enemies. His powers aren’t anything fancy though, namely strength, speed, and the ability to fight.
I really enjoy Phil Noto’s art style, and the grittiness of it is very appropriate for Daredevil comics.
Overall, the collection was enjoyable but nothing extraordinary. This was Charles Soule’s last few issues for Daredevil, and it was a sloppy conclusion. If you want to read Daredevil comics, perhaps skip this collection. The art is the best part.