The Power of Friendship (and smoke) in Daredevil 24

by Michael DeLaney

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

How long can you stay mad at your best friend? In the case of Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson, it took about 20+ issues. In Daredevil 24 Charles Soule and Alec Morgan finally begin to mend their broken relationship as Matt continues his grand quest to “legalize superheroing.” That, and pick on poor Tombstone.

Matt’s plan to end crime via legal superhero testimony failed at the state level, but he seeks Foggy’s help to take it to The Supreme Court. Matt has been confident in his plan throughout, but there seems to be someone working against him succeeding… The Kingpin. Personally, if I was Matt Murdock I would almost always assume that Kingpin was somehow involved but I guess that takes some surprise out of it.

Kingpin is portrayed as a powerful, nuanced threat. He’s only in a few panels of the issue but Alec Morgan draws him as the statuesque, subtle power that he is. Kingpin’s muscle in action here is Tombstone, who attacks Matt Murdock on Kingpin’s behalf for the second time this arc.

Just like the last time Tombstone attacked, Matt doesn’t try to change into costume — something I admire. Instead Matt uses his surroundings as best he can to take down the low-rent crime boss. The way he gives us a quick chemistry lesson on making smoke makes me think of classic Spider-Man tales.

Morgan really shines in this fight sequence as Matt brings Tombstone and his thugs into his sightless world. He draws Matt emerging from the smoke like a demon — you could argue that the smoke forms around him like a set of twisted horns and wings. Another thing to note here is when Morgan shifts into “radar sense” he draws Matt in his Daredevil costume. I imagine that’s how Matt sees himself most of the time.

The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?

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