The current run of DAREDEVIL has quickly become one of my favorite Marvel comics. They’ve revamped the character in a way that feels fresh and original while also adding new characters to fight with and alongside our favorite Hell’s Kitchen hero.

In this arc, a mysterious slumlord named Tenfingers has opened a Chinatown church called “The Church of the Sheltering Hands.” His motives are sinister. He takes poor immigrants who have nowhere else to go for every penny they have. To make matters worse, he secures his power via murder and extortion and rewards his followers by giving them some of the otherworldly powers he stole from the Hand. One doesn’t steal from the Hand and walk away scot-free.

Matt Murdock, now a prosecutor for the city of New York, attempts to take Tenfingers to court. When that fails, he goes after him as Daredevil. And so does the Hand. Daredevil and his new protegé, a kid genius with an invisibility suit named Blindspot, get caught in the crossfire for an action-packed five-issue run.

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We see a much more aggressive Matt Murdock after his career switch from defender to prosecutor. As both lawyer and vigilante, he’s on the attack. We see him viciously going after Tenfingers with the law. He assembles legal teams tailored specifically to take him down. He also explicitly threatens to imprison one of Tenfingers’ associates if he doesn’t testify against the slumlord.

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As aggressive as he is as a lawyer, he’s even more so as Daredevil. His fighting style has fewer ducks and flips this time around. He strikes more like a boxer—hard and fast. I love this because it calls him back to his history as the son of a boxer. It also provides a clear connection to his deceased father, the reason he started fighting crime.

This development is intensifying Daredevil as a crime fighter and making him live up to the “devil” portion of his name. His more hostile behavior towards criminals also complicates what it means to be a hero. Sure, he’s doing good, but has he gone too far? It’s questions like these that make a character worth reading.

The inclusion of Blindspot is my favorite part of this new run, conceptually speaking. An undocumented Chinese immigrant, Samuel Chung crafted a suit that renders himself invisible and now fights under the apprenticeship of Daredevil. Their relationship is great for the series because it gives Daredevil a new role to add to his resumé: teacher. The teaching moments he has with Blindspot shows his caring side.

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Daredevil is known for his relationships with civilians like Foggy Nelson that inevitably go awry because of his superhero status, so it’s refreshing to have him interact with another hero on a regular basis. Blindspot’s also extremely important because he isn’t another straight white male superhero. In my opinion, inclusion happens best through the development of strong, interesting, and diverse characters, and that’s what the creative team has done here.

Tenfingers is the perfect foe for Daredevil. He’s a street-level villain, a slumlord extortionist, and someone who’s very clearly a threat but not enough for the Avengers to come and bring him to justice. Thankfully, we have Daredevil for these types of problems. The mystic powers he possesses also bring the Hand into play, which is always fun. I also love to hate Tenfingers. We know he’s a scumbag taking advantage of poor immigrants from his first mention, but it’s his first appearance that sends shivers down my spine. Below we see his namesake ten fingers on each hand.

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There’s something super unsettling about those fingers, and seeing them makes my skin crawl. I love the visceral response this provokes, and it makes you hate him further.

And who can forget the art in this story arc? It’s easily my favorite style of the All-New, All-Different Marvel. It shows Daredevil’s radar sense in a way I’ve never seen it used before. We actually “see” the heat signatures Daredevil is able to feel. This is a pillar of the series, and seeing it done so well gave me great hope for this title.

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The use of color is also astounding. Matt Milla is an incredible colorist and shows how the use of color can really add to a story. Many panels are monochromatic and apply all shades of the primary color used to give the scene some real depth. Daredevil’s “vision” works well here because he’s the only one who can “see” Blindspot when his suit is activated. It’s a nice change of pace from the monochrome and helps the art feel fresh. The two-page spreads depicting the fight scenes with the Hand and Tenfingers’ henchmen are incredible. There’s a lot going on and a lot to look at, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming.

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My only real complaint about this arc is that the plot concludes pretty abruptly, and all the action of this conclusion takes place off-page. I managed to look past this because I enjoyed every other aspect so much and because I think this leaves the door open for the arc to come back in a larger one. Still, it’s a great arc, and everyone should have this in their pull box.

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