Daredevil #596 Review: Battle for the Soul of New York City

Daredevil #596
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Writer: Charles Soule, Artist: Stefano Landini, Color Artist: Matt Milla, Letters: VC's Clayton Cowles, Cover by: Dan Mora and Juan Fernandez, Variant Cover by: David Lopez, Editors: Jordan D. White, Mark Paniccia, Assistant Editors: Annalise Bissa, Christina Harrington, Associate Editor: Mark Basso, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

After their encounter and Daredevil jumping out the window, Mayor Wilson Fisk has ordered the NYPD to hunt down and apprehend the Man Without Fear. Worse yet, he has mobilized hero-hunter units with special equipment designed for the powered heroes of New York. Can Daredevil escape capture?

Daredevil #596 cover by Dan Mora and Juan Fernandez
Daredevil #596 cover by Dan Mora and Juan Fernandez

The vast majority of the plot is Daredevil running away from the police. I would gripe about how thin the resulting comic is on plot, but, honestly, it actually works. It gives a good image of how low this could put Daredevil, and it makes for a pretty tense situation. This is partially thanks to how far Matt Murdock has been pushed in the past and how willing writers have been to dramatically shake up the Hornhead status quo.

One of the pursuing helicopters has a sonic cannon that almost puts DD down and out, so these guys are genuine threats for Daredevil. The comparisons to Mark Millar’s Civil War are still notable, but Charles Soule keeps the plot tight and focused enough that it doesn’t get lost in trying to make the events overly dramatized.

At one point, a police officer makes a comment about how he would never expect Daredevil to go bad. That does leave me wondering if Shadowland is still canon in All-New, All-Different Marvel/Marvel Legacy.

Some foreshadowing of what is to come is given in the last few pages, and that effectively leaves me excited for what’s to come next in DD. A relatively new yet intimidating villain will be making a return, and Matt Murdock may have an exciting new job.

Daredevil #596 art by Stefano Landini and Matt Milla
Daredevil #596 art by Stefano Landini and Matt Milla

Stefano Landini’s artwork is damn good. It maintains a difficult balance of sleekness and grit which not many artists can accomplish. It feels what can only be described as distinctly Daredevil. Matt Milla supports that with some great colorwork which is similarly balanced with especially dark and light shades.

Despite having a fairly succinct plot, Daredevil #596 is a compelling chapter in the saga of the Man Without Fear. He is being chased and brought low by his worst enemy, and now that enemy has the law on his side. “Mayor Fisk” is showing itself to be a promising arc for Matt Murdock, and I look forward to what follows. This one gets a recommendation. Give it a read.

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.