The Kingpin reacts to Matt Murdock’s plan to eradicate crime in New York City. Meanwhile Murdock meets his friend Jen Walters for advice but she may offer him more than just advice.
Writer: Charlies Soule
Artist: Alec Morgan
Colourist: Matt MIlla
This issue’s strength is that I finished it, thought about it, concluded that I enjoyed it, and only then did it occur to me there’s no Daredevil in the issue.
Soule has taken the third part of his arc ‘Supreme’ to deliver a dialogue heavy story that manages to retain the feel of a Daredevil story. The lack of Daredevil doesn’t mean there’s no action. Plenty of action arrives in the form of She-Hulk and another character I won’t spoil. It’s actually more fun to see Murdock stuck in a situation as Murdock again, especially considering the outcome of the ‘Purple’ arc.
Minus the action and this could be a perfectly good courtroom drama. The dialogue is lengthy but it’s fun to read. It’s not quite exposition so much as it is extra information to help the reader to understand the legality of Murdock’s newest plan. Think of it like Matthew Lillard’s amazing scene in last week’s episode of Twin Peaks (if you’re watching that). Whether or not the legality holds up in reality I’m unsure but it comes across believable in the Marvel Universe.
Now the art is worthy of discussion. Alec Morgan’s style will not be for everyone. At times I like it but for the majority of the issue it took me out of the story. It’s too simplistic and rough. Matt Milla’s colours help it as they often do but still the art seems off. It’s somewhere between Tim Sale and Mike Allred, if that interests you.
Overall the issue is pretty fantastic in the sense that it subtracts the Daredevil suit but keeps the Daredevil entertainment.
Recommendation: pick up the issue.