We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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Daredevil #4 Review:
Daredevil is just trying to live his life balancing being a vigilante and a priest, as one does. Enter into the mix: Bullseye, who just won’t leave our guy alone.
Host Justin Tyler was intrigued by this new run, noting that the take of Daredevil really trying to wrestle with his day job and night job is interesting. That said, Tyler noted that, “It’s rare when a comic really wants us to believe in the religious underpinnings that are in the book, and this comic is doing that in a way that, I don’t quite know if that’s working.”
Alex Zalben lauded writer Saladin Ahmed in general, as well as fill-in artist Germán Peralta for his “detailed” work on the issue. But that said, he was “not 100% on board with” this issue. Versus last issue, which started playing with the idea that Daredevil is a man of god by day, and a devil on the streets by night, this issue thrust him into being “Daredevil all the time, he just doesn’t want to be a priest.” Zalben added that he would have preferred the team play with the concept in the last issue a little more.
“I want to see that slow, simmering boil to where things explode,” Zalben said. “And they’re almost working through it too quickly.”
Tyler agreed and felt like the ideas of the run are not quite crystallizing yet. Throwing out that we saw Daredevil go to Hell, literally, in the last run and emerge a priest, and now he’s fighting demons influencing his friends, there are “potential interesting ideas on the table here,” but “there’s a sort of a malaise over this book in general.”
Daredevil #4 Official Synopsis:
DON’T MISS…BULLSEYE! BULLSEYE makes his bloody entrance into Matt Murdock’s new life, and Hell’s Kitchen is caught in the crossfire. As the bodies pile up, DAREDEVIL is forced to make an impossible choice between stopping his deadliest enemy…and saving the soul of his friend!