The action is brought to our cast, and the cast stays true to their ongoing narratives, and although this kind of story is not usual in the Daredevil title, it works as well as could be expected.
This review of Daredevil #26 contains some minor spoilers.
“Life is long. Life is stories,” Matt Murdoch muses while locked up in jail. Using his radar, Matt is listening in on the myriad of conversations that are happening in quiet corners around the prison. Luckily, Matt is allowed to wear his ninja mask in jail, however, that’s not going down too well either.
The other inmates know he’s Daredevil, and the warden has a personal grudge too. Meanwhile, Elektra is doing her best in Hell’s Kitchen, allowing criminals off with a warning, instead of stabbing them in the neck as usual.
Trouble, though, is on the horizon. The Kingpin and Typhoid Mary become aware of the imminent alien invasion, and before long they are overrun by symbiote aliens. It’s not long before the Venom-esque monsters have broken into the prison. Matt does his best to alert the wardens, but it’s too late.
Daredevil #26 is another nice issue from Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto with help from Mike Hawthorne. Often these crossover events can have an adverse effect on an ongoing storyline, especially one like Daredevil. However, Zdarsky manages to find a balance between the ongoing events, the subplots, and the actual crossover.
The action is brought to our cast, and the cast stays true to their ongoing narratives, and although this kind of story is not usual in the Daredevil title, it works as well as could be expected. Personally, I would much rather the story of Matt in jail, and Elektra as DD was pushed forward, but events will happen and the creative teams have to run with it as best they can.
Hopefully, when The King In Black is over, we can get back on with the more street-level drama, and explore the situations of our main cast in more detail. On the plus side, Daredevil needs a bit more love, so hopefully, fans who pick Daredevil #26 up as part of the cross over may continue to read the character afterward.
With comic book sales circling the drain, I would hate Daredevil to be underachieving and facing another re-boot.