COMICS REVIEW: "Daredevil #5"

Updated: Apr 13

Cover A art by Julian Totino Tedesco

This explosive issue of Daredevil is written by Chip Zdarsky, illustrated by Marco Checchetto, and color by Sunny Gho. "Know Fear", Part Five is another home run issue from the mind of Zdarsky, accompanied by the fantastic artwork of Checchetto. The dark and gritty, realistic look of the artwork helps bring you into the book, and you can almost feel what the characters are feeling on the page. Daredevil (Matt Murdock) is wanted for murder, and to make matters worse, Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) is Mayor of New York City. Daredevil has been pushing himself to his absolute physical and mental limits to make up for accidentally killing a criminal while stopping a building from being robbed. Matt is having an extremely difficult time dealing with the fact that he took another man's life. His Catholic upbringing and his strict crimefighting code has been tearing him apart. The only way he feels he can make it better is by doing what he has always done: stop the bad guys and protect the innocent. This time he is taking it to extremes we rarely see. At this point though, Daredevil is in no shape to do anything, as he was recently shot, then engaged in a street fight with Detective Cole North from Chicago, followed by an intense underground shoot-out with The Punisher (Frank Castle). Issue five picks up where four left off, with Daredevil (still wearing one of Punisher's skull t-shirts) escaping with information that The Owl (Leland Owlsly) is moving high levels of drugs, and "The Devil of Hell's Kitchen" intends on stopping him.

This issue isn't incredibly battle heavy, unlike issue four, but instead it focuses on the repercussions of Matt's recent behavior, how he is going too far and getting sloppy. He's trying so hard to make up for what he has done that he doesn't notice what he is doing. Luckily for him he has friends that step in to offer help, advice, and concern for his well-being. One of the most compelling things about this book, as well as the series so far, is watching Matt internalize his guilt and also watching him use his fists and alcohol to combat it. Matt Murdock is such a complex and interesting character, one that you really get invested in and care about deeply. When you have such strong feelings for a character like this, it can be hard at times to see them struggle, but you always have hope that they will turn it around in the end.

We are left watching Matt in a very low place, you can really feel for him and what he's going through right now. Can he continue this way? Will he make the hard decision? We only have to wait two weeks to find out, since Daredevil #6 comes out on May 29, 2019.

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