Daredevil: Back in Black: Mayor Murdock by Charles Soule

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Daredevil: Back in Black, Volume 7: Mayor Murdock
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Mike Henderson
Comic Book
Released December 31, 2018
Published by Marvel
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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_3_and_a_half_stars

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.




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Daredevil: Back in Black, Volume 8: The Death of Daredevil by Charles Soule – A Review

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Daredevil: Back in Black, Volume 8: The Death of Daredevil
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Phil Noto
Comic Book
Published by Marvel
Released February 5, 2019
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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_3_stars

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.

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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.


Have you read The Death of Daredevil? What did you think?




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