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Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky, Vol. 6: Doing Time

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Matt Murdock faces a darkness unlike any before! Tried, convicted and sent to prison, Matt’s life has changed forever — but the constant weight of guilt he feels is finally lifting. Meanwhile, there’s a new Daredevil swinging through the streets of Hell’s Kitchen — and her name is Elektra Natchios! Elektra is determined to fill the role that Matt left behind, but she’s nev Matt Murdock faces a darkness unlike any before! Tried, convicted and sent to prison, Matt’s life has changed forever — but the constant weight of guilt he feels is finally lifting. Meanwhile, there’s a new Daredevil swinging through the streets of Hell’s Kitchen — and her name is Elektra Natchios! Elektra is determined to fill the role that Matt left behind, but she’s never been a traditional “super hero” before, and she might be in over her head for the first time in her life. Now, as Knull and his symbiote dragons assault New York City, all hell breaks loose — and as Elektra searches for the strength to carry on, Murdock suffers a crisis of faith! Chip Zdarsky’s electrifying, expectation-defying run continues! COLLECTING: Daredevil (2019) 26-31


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Matt Murdock faces a darkness unlike any before! Tried, convicted and sent to prison, Matt’s life has changed forever — but the constant weight of guilt he feels is finally lifting. Meanwhile, there’s a new Daredevil swinging through the streets of Hell’s Kitchen — and her name is Elektra Natchios! Elektra is determined to fill the role that Matt left behind, but she’s nev Matt Murdock faces a darkness unlike any before! Tried, convicted and sent to prison, Matt’s life has changed forever — but the constant weight of guilt he feels is finally lifting. Meanwhile, there’s a new Daredevil swinging through the streets of Hell’s Kitchen — and her name is Elektra Natchios! Elektra is determined to fill the role that Matt left behind, but she’s never been a traditional “super hero” before, and she might be in over her head for the first time in her life. Now, as Knull and his symbiote dragons assault New York City, all hell breaks loose — and as Elektra searches for the strength to carry on, Murdock suffers a crisis of faith! Chip Zdarsky’s electrifying, expectation-defying run continues! COLLECTING: Daredevil (2019) 26-31

30 review for Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky, Vol. 6: Doing Time

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    I’d give this volume 3.5 stars if I could, as the writing is pretty great and the artwork is superb (other than the two incidents where they’ve had to draft in a fill-in artist to do a few pages, which is jarring). This is the only King in Black tie-in that actually managed to be legitimately scary, which was cool. BUT! But, I’m struggling to get past the fact that we’ve seen the whole Matt-goes-to-jail-and-another-hero-fills-in-as-DD-while-he’s-locked-up storyline before… and not that long ago, e I’d give this volume 3.5 stars if I could, as the writing is pretty great and the artwork is superb (other than the two incidents where they’ve had to draft in a fill-in artist to do a few pages, which is jarring). This is the only King in Black tie-in that actually managed to be legitimately scary, which was cool. BUT! But, I’m struggling to get past the fact that we’ve seen the whole Matt-goes-to-jail-and-another-hero-fills-in-as-DD-while-he’s-locked-up storyline before… and not that long ago, either! However, I do like how filling in as DD is giving Elektra a newfound respect for Matt, though; it’s a nice touch. I don’t understand how Elektra can just walk away from a fall of (by my judgement) at least seven storeys, though, as if she’d just stepped off a kerb. I mean, she’s ‘peak human’, sure, but she doesn’t actually have superpowers. There’s one of my superhero comic pet peeves in this book, too, which is that writers seriously underestimate how fast bullets travel when fired. The (again, non-super powered) Elektra easily deflects a bullet fired at almost p0int blank range with her sai like it was nothing. Spidey can do this sort of stuff because of his superhuman reflexes and Spider-Sense, but when I see non-powered characters do this sort of thing it bugs the shit out of me. Willing suspension of disbelief is one thing but JAYZUS! Rant over. My next book: Mr. Clumsy

  2. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This was a fun volume! It starts off with King in black tie in where Elektra fights Mary and rescue this girl Alice who seems to be her new sidekick. Meanwhile Matt is dealing with prison riots thanks to rampaging symbiotes and makes some interesting choice. I like how this trade just had two issue of tie in and uses it to push the story forward like Mary's trauma and Alice's fate which have dire consequences going forward. Meanwhile in other place Elektra trains Alice, Matt is in jail and has to This was a fun volume! It starts off with King in black tie in where Elektra fights Mary and rescue this girl Alice who seems to be her new sidekick. Meanwhile Matt is dealing with prison riots thanks to rampaging symbiotes and makes some interesting choice. I like how this trade just had two issue of tie in and uses it to push the story forward like Mary's trauma and Alice's fate which have dire consequences going forward. Meanwhile in other place Elektra trains Alice, Matt is in jail and has to deal with prisoners there and his conscience gets affected after a certain incident and he has some interesting war of words with Marcus another inmate. Will he be in jail longer or is he doing to have some moral high ground or is he just avoiding the hard talk and is 2 steps behind "acceptance"? Great philosophical debates and I love how the writer brings about the question of morality here. Meanwhile great set up of the next villains to come in the series. I really loved the whole volume but what sold me on it was the art as its just gorgeous.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This was a lot of moving blocks, and so not a HUGE amount happens, but plenty of set up. Elecktra is whooping people's asses as Daredevil while Matt is in Jail. She's not having a good time, as she can't just gut people like normal she has to abide by Matt's no kill rule. She even meets a young girl who she begins to mentor. On the flip side Matt is trying to just serve his time. However, everyone in that prison, including the guy who runs it, wants him dead. This brings up a survival chapter th This was a lot of moving blocks, and so not a HUGE amount happens, but plenty of set up. Elecktra is whooping people's asses as Daredevil while Matt is in Jail. She's not having a good time, as she can't just gut people like normal she has to abide by Matt's no kill rule. She even meets a young girl who she begins to mentor. On the flip side Matt is trying to just serve his time. However, everyone in that prison, including the guy who runs it, wants him dead. This brings up a survival chapter that Matt might not be able to survive. As always the art is fantastic. Some amazing fight scenes. I especially loves Electra's daredevil costume, looks SO good. I also really enjoyed Matt dealing with his consequences of his actions even though he's being ridiculous not taking some of these offers. I also think the Elecktra stuff is building towards big things but not there yet. So about a 3.5 out of 5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Oops, Matt Murdock's in prison again. Haven't we been here before? And yet, Chip Zdarsky's take on the storyline feels almost entirely different to the last time this happened, mostly because the supporting characters and their reactions to it feel fresh and new. Honestly, the stuff going on outside the prison is sometimes more interesting than the Matt storyline. Mike Murdock's play for power, Elektra's new path as Daredevil and her protege, the Kingpin and Typhoid Mary's little on-again off-aga Oops, Matt Murdock's in prison again. Haven't we been here before? And yet, Chip Zdarsky's take on the storyline feels almost entirely different to the last time this happened, mostly because the supporting characters and their reactions to it feel fresh and new. Honestly, the stuff going on outside the prison is sometimes more interesting than the Matt storyline. Mike Murdock's play for power, Elektra's new path as Daredevil and her protege, the Kingpin and Typhoid Mary's little on-again off-again, and even Foggy and Kristen bring something new to the table to the point that it's easy to forget that this is Daredevil's book after all. That said, what's going on in the prison has some fun moments too. It doesn't take long for it all to go pearshaped, especially when a King In Black tie-in forces Matt to fight for his life, but Zdarsky takes it all in stride and manages to make the event work for him rather than the other way around. Artwise, the book still looks great - Marco Checchetto and Mike Hawthorne double-team most of the issues, splitting themselves between the inside and outside prison segments. Daredevil's still riding high, and I doubt it's going to be anything but for a long time yet.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pier-luc

    I'm really nervous about the landing now cause this run as the potential to be one of the all time great runs IMO for a character with no shortage of great runs. I'm really nervous about the landing now cause this run as the potential to be one of the all time great runs IMO for a character with no shortage of great runs.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I’m really enjoying this series :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Dinges

    I do not care for the Matt Murdock story that Zdarsky has been playing with for the last 15 or so issues. I think it's silly. However, I think the Elektra-as-Daredevil half of the story is really fantastic. Watching Elektra try to fill in and play by a set of rules that is completely antithetical to her normal way of life is really great! If it wasn't for the Matt Murdock half of the book it'd probably be my favorite thing at Marvel right now. Alas, as is it's uneven, but there are some high hig I do not care for the Matt Murdock story that Zdarsky has been playing with for the last 15 or so issues. I think it's silly. However, I think the Elektra-as-Daredevil half of the story is really fantastic. Watching Elektra try to fill in and play by a set of rules that is completely antithetical to her normal way of life is really great! If it wasn't for the Matt Murdock half of the book it'd probably be my favorite thing at Marvel right now. Alas, as is it's uneven, but there are some high highs when the book is at its best.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Matěj Komiksumec

    Zdardevil je pořád super, i když tohle volumko bylo spíš odpočinkový. První dvě čísla jsou tie-in ke King in Black a překvapivě oba sešity byli super. Potom sledujeme příběh jak si Matt zvyká na pobyt ve vězení a bavím se. Elektra je děsně cool a Fisk dostává čím dál větší polidštění. Hlavně bylo tady potřeba nějak překlenout protože nás očividně čekají ještě velké věci.

  9. 4 out of 5

    MajesticalLion

    Elektra becoming Daredevil is the single best decision Chip Zdarsky has made in this entire 30+ issue run. I am in love with this series and specifically this arc. This is peak Marvel comics.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    At the end of the last volume, a new status quo was established as whilst Matt Murdock serving his two-year prison sentence, still under the guise of Daredevil, Hell’s Kitchen still needs to be protected by a guardian devil. With Matt’s ex-girlfriend Elektra Natchios taking it upon herself to protect his neighbourhood and his legacy, can the new Daredevil live to her predecessor whilst facing off continuing threats like Mayor Wilson Fisk and the new Kingpin, Izzy Libris? However, before Elektra h At the end of the last volume, a new status quo was established as whilst Matt Murdock serving his two-year prison sentence, still under the guise of Daredevil, Hell’s Kitchen still needs to be protected by a guardian devil. With Matt’s ex-girlfriend Elektra Natchios taking it upon herself to protect his neighbourhood and his legacy, can the new Daredevil live to her predecessor whilst facing off continuing threats like Mayor Wilson Fisk and the new Kingpin, Izzy Libris? However, before Elektra has to deal with the ongoing conflicts that have been established since the start of Chip Zdarsky’s run, the first two issues of this volume tie-in with one of Marvel’s crossover events from last year. Written by Donny Cates with art by Ryan Stegman, King in Black centres on Knull and his symbiotes invading Earth, leaving a number of Marvel’s superheroes to protect it. Although these issues are tying to a storyline that is a continuation of what Cates and Stegman have been doing with their Venom run (which I've given up on), Zdarsky is able to use this alien force to set up what a number of the main characters will be going through. On the one hand, you have the OG Daredevil, who is serving time for his sins whilst everyone else questions him on whether he is trying to prove himself that he is not above the law. And on the other hand, you have the new Daredevil who is trying to keep her ex-lover's promise of protecting the Kitchen and not giving in to her killer instincts despite her past as an assassin. Also, when Elektra finds herself caring for the young Alice who lost her only parent during Knull’s invasion, she ends up training her to fight for the Kitchen. With two main characters, both of which sharing the Daredevil mantle, I’m liking what Zdarsky is doing with Matt and Elektra’s individual arcs, each with their own drama. However, I do wonder if it’s going to be a conflict of interest, in terms of where does the writer’s heart lie on which arc is going to get the most attention in the subsequent issues. With the recent announcement of Zdarsky relaunching the title into Daredevil: Woman Without Fear, it does seem like the odds are in Elektra’s favour. Outside of the heroes’ perimeter, we have Mayor Wilson Fisk, who is a continuing fascinating figure as he struggles to stay away from his criminal past whilst developing a strong relationship with Typhoid Mary. And then there’s Matt’s twin brother Mike and his friend Butch, who believes himself to be the son of Fisk, as the two of them are manipulating those around them so that they can rise to power in the Kitchen. From main artist Marco Chechetto to recurring artist Mike Hawthorne, both do exceptional work from the former drawing most of the volume, specifically everything to do with Elektra, whilst the latter doing a lot of the prison stuff featuring Matt. Although Hawthorne’s work is really good, it’s perhaps a more generic style compared to the work of Chechetto who, along with colourist Marcio Menyz, do some breathtaking visuals; the standout set-pieces being a rainy prison brawl and a stylish nightclub fight. Whatever issues I have towards this latest volume, they are minor as Zdarsky, along with his art team is doing their best work on a run that is continuously rethinking the Daredevil mythos.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Oli Kidsley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought the first two tie-in issues to King In Black weren't great, some of that story stuff is important for the next phase of this series though. The one thing that I felt stuck out the most was Mary becoming a bodyguard and then immediately being taken by the venom alien stuff and then not the bodyguard anymore. Other than that the pacing of the comic is really great, all the stories are progressing nicely and it's just a really fucking great comic. I thought the first two tie-in issues to King In Black weren't great, some of that story stuff is important for the next phase of this series though. The one thing that I felt stuck out the most was Mary becoming a bodyguard and then immediately being taken by the venom alien stuff and then not the bodyguard anymore. Other than that the pacing of the comic is really great, all the stories are progressing nicely and it's just a really fucking great comic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    George

    Chip Zdarsky continues to have a perfect handle on Daredevil and his writing shines in these issues but the arc wastes two issues on an ultimately pointless crossover with some Venom story and therefore winds up feeling like little more than place setting for what’s coming next. There is still some good action and Daredevil in jail is as good as you’d think it would be. I just really hate crossovers with bad multi book stories!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andres Pasten

    Los primeros 2 números son relleno por king i'm black. Los siguientes son lo bueno, por eso es un 3 a secas. Veamos cómo termina esto en el próximo tpb. Los primeros 2 números son relleno por king i'm black. Los siguientes son lo bueno, por eso es un 3 a secas. Veamos cómo termina esto en el próximo tpb.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    I mean yeah my first choice wouldn’t be launching a badass new status quo directly into the center of a line wide crossover event, but it’s still Zdarsky baby, and this cat gets it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

    Would have been five stars but for the first two issues, which seemed to be an event crossover. The other three issues were great, much like the rest of the Zdarsky run on DD has been.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ross

  17. 5 out of 5

    Travis Chesser

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

  19. 4 out of 5

    50%Gweilo

  20. 4 out of 5

    Derek Farris

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brent Pabst

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robby

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cole

  24. 5 out of 5

    Derek Moreland

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vojtěch Gašparik

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ross Macpherson

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beelzefuzz

  28. 4 out of 5

    José Pedro

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nanditha Bojaraj

  30. 4 out of 5

    Declan

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