Daredevil #601

Written by, Charles Soule

Art by, Mike Henderson

Colors by, Matt Mika

Letters by, VC’s Clayton Cowles



In the previous issue, Daredevil gathers the heroes of Hell’s Kitchen to help him set a trap for Mayor Fisk. However, Fisk hasn’t been the Kingpin for nothing; he finds out and sets a trap that leads to the heroes being arrested. Meanwhile, Daredevil faces off against Mayor Fisk in a bloody fight that ends with Daredevil in a police custody. Meanwhile, The Hand invades NYC attacking Fisk during a rally at Central Park.


This issue begins as Daredevil struggles to find a way out of police custody while The Hand wreaks havoc. Mayor Fisk is in an ambulance on his way to the hospital. Daredevil breaks free after defeating a Hand ninja and learns that he is now the acting Mayor.


Meanwhile, Commissioner Karnik, Steve Carnish, Chief of Staff Wesley Welch meet and debate the law that determined that Matt Murdock is now mayor of NYC. Murdoch enters the room and asks, “What did I miss?” facetiously. “Quite a bit”, they respond. Wesley confirms that Fisk’s condition is “terrible” and that he won’t return to office soon.


While this is happening, the group of heroes are in police custody. Misty Knight tries to convince Spider-Man that Daredevil set them up. They all consider what they’ll do upon their release. However, the police lets them go at the order of the mayor of NYC, Matt Murdock. They are shocked and then the police read Murdoch’s note to the group: “The Hand has invaded the city.. you know what to do.”


Final Impressions

Charles Soule has nailed the voice and atmosphere of Daredevil and his world perfectly. Daredevil is resourceful within his limited capacities given his condition. He’s a great fighter who gets punished physically. His world is dangerous yet he navigates it expertly as Daredevil and as a lawyer. The art captures the stark world with colors and shades that reinforce the danger lurking in every corner. I recommend picking this up.

I am a licensed clinical social worker and trauma therapist. Comic book heroes have been a passion of mine since I was a small child. However, making the weekly trip to the local comic book store to redeem my pull list has become a regular occurrence only…

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