Daredevil #20 Review

Purple – Conclusion


Matt Murdock’s confession reaches it’s conclusion as we finally discover what happened in San Francisco.

Writer: Charles Soule

Artist: Ron Garney

Colourist: Matt Milla

This is one of those issues that’s just an absolute pleasure to read.

For the first half of the issue I thought it was mainly a retcon. With mild spoilers, this month explains how the Purple Children made everyone forget who Daredevil was. Essentially the arc developed the retcon for a few issues. It even feels like a joke, that it was children who came up with the silly idea, not Marvel Editorial.

But that’s when everything changes. After the reveal the issue focusses in on the emotional impact of the retcon. It explores how these fictional characters react to having their memory simply wiped from existence. Matt especially is shown to deal with intense guilt as a result of an editorial retcon. This obviously works well with his Catholic Guilt character.

The emotions continue until the end and the reader is left feeling a lot more than you’d think considering the opening pages. There’s even satisfying action towards the end too. This is a seriously good single issue. The rest of the ‘Purple’ arc pales in comparison.

Getting to see Ron Garney’s take on the classic red costume is a real treat. I can try but I don’t think I’ll ever prefer the new costume Daredevil has. The art elsewhere is fantastic with a lot being owed to the colours of Matt Milla.

Do yourself a favour and read this.

Recommendation: pick up the issue.

Author: Alex

I review comics and books. I also take issue with a lot of things.

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