Daredevil: Back in Black, Volume 7: Mayor Murdock
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Mike Henderson
Released December 31, 2018
Published by Marvel
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A couple of weeks ago I reviewed Daredevil: The Death of Daredevil, which actually comes after this volume. I checked both of them out at the library at the same time, so I have absolutely no idea why I read volume 8 before volume 7. Luckily, the magic of comic book story arcs is that you don’t always need to read them in order to understand or enjoy the story.
Daredevil: Mayor Murdock takes place after NYC Mayor Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin) is gravely injured, and Matt Murdock (the alias of Daredevil), whom Fisk chose as his deputy mayor, takes over running the city. Matt has a lot on his hands, however, as The Hand, a group of undead ninjas, is infiltrating the city and taking out police officers, security guards, and anyone else that might be able to stand up to them.
Mayor Fisk had previously locked up many of the local superheroes, so Mayor Murdock releases them. He also decides to release several criminal masterminds, such as Hammerhead, so that they too can aid in defeating the Hand.
When the fight against the Hand reaches a critical point, and it seems like our heroes might lose the fight, we are introduced to the Order of the Dragon, which is a group of warrior priests who fight enemies with “the light.”
I enjoyed this story arc much more than The Death of Daredevil. The story was more fulfilling and there was plenty of action. I loved the introduction of the Order of the Dragon. I wasn’t expecting it, and it was a tad bit silly, but a badass secret society of warrior Catholic priests was pretty damn fun.
I was not the biggest fan of the art in this series, primarily for the way the faces of the characters are drawn. There’s nothing wrong with the art, it just isn’t my favorite.
Another complaint that I had with this series is that it seemed like Matt Murdock was written to be sort of… bro-ish? I never think of Daredevil/Matt Murdock as the bro-ish sort, but there were moments in this volume where that was certainly the case.
Overall, this was a fun story arc, but it could have been improved.