DAREDEVIL #2 BY CHIP ZDARSKY, MARCO CHECCHETTO, SUNNY GHO
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Still a bit shaken up from his traumatic injuries, Daredevil tries to track down an unknown assailant who framed him for murder. The best thing about this issue is the emotional connection it gives you to watch Matt Murdock try to put his life back together again.
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Matt Murdock is a lot of things, but a killer isn’t one of them, right? Daredevil has been framed for murder, but by whom? With a new detective hot on his trail he’s running out of time to prove his innocence. Writer Chip Zdarsky along with artist Marco Checchetto and Sunny Gho take us deeper within the bowels of hell’s kitchen on a journey involving faith, murder, corruption, mystery, and self-discovery. DAREDEVIL #2 is a must-read issue for any comic fan.

DAREDEVIL #2

Continuing from the last issue, Matt Murdock thought he had fully recovered from his injury and was ready to return as the devil of Hell’s Kitchen. But he was wrong, terribly wrong. After struggling to take down three robbers burglarizing a local shop, one of them dies from head trauma — a guy named Leo Carraro. The police later recover surveillance footage of Daredevil fleeing the scene making him the prime suspect. With no one to turn to but himself, he’s out to prove that he did not kill Leo Carraro.

DAREDEVIL #2-FOGGY
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DAREDEVIL #2 sees our heroic horned friend quickly running out of options to prove his innocence against slain criminal Leo Carraro. Foggy offers to lend a hand if Daredevil turns himself in, but Matt refuses. The most intriguing part of DAREDEVIL #2 is that we find our hero questioning his methods of serving justice. Since Matt was young he’s always had his own interpretation of justice versus injustice. Perhaps Zdarsky will touch upon this in Matt’s adult life during this arc as well.

The Story

Zdarsky manages to take Matt Murdock and Daredevil and tell two different stories in one. The first deals with the internal struggles of Matt Murdock. It touches on his Catholic religious beliefs and how they relate to his heroics and upbringing. Next, he tackles him as Daredevil and how his aggression has increased since being off his game. It’s too early to tell at the moment, but this new series could lead to either an extremely dangerous version of Daredevil or a hero on the brink of destruction.

DAREDEVIL #2-FOGGY SEARCHING
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The Man without Fear

Appropriately titled “Know Fear,” in this issue fear plagues Matt and leaves him pondering the future of his alter ego. While Matt has fought some of the toughest foes in the Marvel universe, he simply can’t bounce back from an injury this serious. It’s clear that despite his setbacks Daredevil is out to prove that he’s still the devil of Hell’s Kitchen. What that will look like going forward in the series is anyone’s guess.

DAREDEVIL #2-POSSIBILITY
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 The Team of Checcheto & Gho

Checchetto art and style so far in this series have been nothing short of brilliant. He truly captures New York and Hell’s Kitchen perfectly. He makes every location feel unique and it’s own. Whether Daredevil is in Foggy’s office or back in his own apartment, each panel holds its own pizzazz. What is truly amazing is the detail that Checchetto puts into every panel, whether it’s a church, crime scene, or even an abandoned alley.

DAREDEVIL #2-DOCTOR
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Gho’s color tones balance out Checchetto great line work. Combining that with Gho’s excellent choice of soft colors really give the book a warmly glow. Unlike his great work on Hit-Girl here he uses a combination of bright vibrant colors with soft ones. Some of my favorite moments with Gho’s colors are during panels when we get to see the interior from Matt’s blind perspective.

 The Best is Yet to Come

DAREDEVIL #2 is a great issue that continues to show that Zdarsky and Checchetto are off to a fantastic start. Zdarsky really utilizes Matt’s accident to create a compelling and interesting story arc. Checchetto’s art definitely helps bring out the emotion in the story. If you are indeed a fan of Daredevil then you’ll not want to miss reading this book.

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