Daredevil #30 review – better the devil you know

August 9, 2021
Louie Fecou 0
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Summary

So this is a slow filler of an issue that really feels like a writer taking his time to further the story, with no real developments

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Summary

So this is a slow filler of an issue that really feels like a writer taking his time to further the story, with no real developments

This review of Daredevil #30 contains some minor spoilers.


Subplots that move forward slowly, and more than half the book before we get an action sequence.

I am a fan of Daredevil, and I have been for a while, but we seem to be getting to the point where the writer seems to be deliberately slowing the pace of the story down, probably writing for the trade, and not the reader.

Daredevil is in hospital jail, Elektra is Daredevil, there’s a new crime boss in town, Matt’s brother Mike is pretending to be Matt, and Bullseye is back.

Daredevil #30, Part 2 of “Doing Time”, does very little to further the story, and I know that pacing helps pay off a finale, but when you are laying down $3.99 for each installment, it’s easy to become frustrated with a comic book. Zdarsky likes dialogue, and there’s a lot here. We see the FBI approach a hospitalized Daredevil and offer him a deal to figure out what is rotten in the jail in exchange for leniency. If you tell me that you never saw this plotline coming, then you are maybe out of touch with your prison plot devices in all media. Matt being Matt agrees but wants no help, pledging that he will serve his 2 years, leaving fans of the character to sigh heavily as they realize that Matt is not being allowed to be the lead character in his own book.

Meanwhile, Elektra has a child protégé and incredibly feels there’s no harm in dragging her into the lowest depths of a Hell’s Kitchen illegal nightclub, in a building she owns, and having an ethical debate with the psychopath that’s running the thing. Of course, it ends badly, and finally, there’s a bit of action, with Elektra and her own private Hit-Girl facing off against the thugs in attendance. When young Alice grabs a gun and shoots one of their attackers, Elektra realizes this was not a good plan, and the gunshot victim turns into green gas, so it looks like The Hand is also lurking behind the scenes.

I suppose we should be grateful that things end up in such a way, as the whole idea of Elektra and Alice storming a Hand-run nightclub is just silly. There must have been a draft of this where they escape unscathed; thank goodness that the threat of an ancient ninja kill cult managing to overpower a kid sidekick was the way the story played out.

By the end Daredevil #30, Bullseye phones mayor Fisk announcing his escape.

So this is a slow filler of an issue that really feels like a writer taking his time to further the story, with no real developments. The subplots are dragging out, and Daredevil in jail is getting tired very quickly. The book is now starting to feel like an Elektra book, with Matt as an extra in the background. I am afraid that if they continue down this track, then I might bow out till we get Matt out of jail and back in costume. I love Elektra, but get Zdarsky to write her in her own title, and give Matt his book back. I feel this whole storyline needs to kick into a higher gear, and get over and done with instead of padding things out with silly side quests that we have seen before.

Oh, better mention the art. Marco Checchetto gets assistance from Mike Hawthorne, and yes, there are also 2 inkers on this book. Yes, the change in art styles from scene to scene also annoyed me. If the regular team needs more time, give them more time, God knows the comic book industry isn’t bothered by missing deadlines.

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