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Daredevil #31

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.


Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto and all their collaborators have redefined the life of the Man Without Fear. IN THIS ISSUE, they do it all over again and, what’s more, they go a step further and UP THE ANTE!

WILSON FISK’s gambit from the past few months risks upending his life and tenure as mayor!

Meanwhile, MATT MURDOCK has to fend off a prison full of inmates who all want DAREDEVIL dead…and the inmates aren’t the only ones!

This, as Elektra fends for herself as a DAREDEVIL all her own, fighting to protect Hell’s Kitchen…and leaving herself vulnerable in the process!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
24 pages
Amazon ASIN

7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    There is no major reveal or revelation in this issue — instead, this is all setup for the next part. I have a strong hunch that if you examine this cover and think about who the character on the cover could be, you can probably piece together what Zdarsky is setting up for character confrontation. I think fans of Frank Miller will probably wonder if Zdarsky and company will challenge his historic run — both are phenomenal, and we’re so lucky to see Matt’s life and adventures in such disarray. Get to your local comic shop early and pick this issue up and also tell them to hold issue #32 for you as well; otherwise, you’re going to miss out!

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Daredevil #31 is a phenomenal start to a new arc. With a high tempo and thrilling story, the series shows no sign of slowing down. Characters stride into the comic with a tremendous presence. There are no weak voices, no forgettable faces. The art is sensational and keeps the intense energy going from start to finish. Elektra and Daredevil’s greatest enemy is loose, and the possibilities of what that can mean are hair-raising.

  • 81

    Comic Watch

    If you’ve been putting this book off, this issue is a great chance to jump back on the horse. You won’t regret it and you’ll finally be able to understand just what everyone else has been talking about.

  • 80

    This shouldn’t be taken as a backhanded compliment, but Daredevil #31 reads like another issue of Daredevil. It neatly divides its narrative between its three protagonists and provides each of their stories with a new twist or added momentum, while addressing an array of social themes ranging from prison labor to American gun violence. All of this is portrayed with clarity of image, quick pacing, and a style that’s easily taken in with just enough grit to set Daredevil apart from most mainstream Marvel fare. In issue #31 all of this is building towards the next disaster as Bullseye is set loose, but there’s nothing that sets this issue apart from the standards this series already established. It is well-crafted and told, yet focuses almost entirely on the continuation of existing narratives in a fashion that’s rarely surprising. Daredevil #31 is incredibly competent superhero comics delivering a middle chapter with style; I won’t complain about any of that, even if I won’t remember many specifics (beyond Daredevil making a prison warden scream) next month.

  • 80

    Comic Crusaders

    For comic book fans of a certain age, Frank Miller’s time on Daredevil always features as the best run for this character. I would say however, that Zdarsky is quietly delivering a run that could quite easily be regarded in the same light, at least for this generation of fans.

  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Daredevil #31 is delicately balancing several plotlines at once. While Matt in prison does feel slightly like a retread, this issue begins to develop some urgency for Matt. It’s almost like he has something to do besides serving his time. Elektra and Fisk remain the most interesting parts of the comic. The series continues a more grounded Daredevil, not unlike the Netflix series. Furthermore, there are some good building blocks laid forth in this issue that should produce good fruits. Hopefully, they will pay off by the end of the Lockdown storyline.

  • 57

    Multiversity Comics

    Over the past couple of runs on the character, the “Daredevil” series has had a hard time sticking to one idea. Zdarsky clearly has interesting pieces and an impressive sense of continuity with this run but he doesn’t seem focused enough on the plotting. Readers should expect to see a level of payoff now that we are so far into this story. Mike Hawthorne’s art is really impressive. After this issue, Hawthorne is now a Marvel talent to keep a close eye on. However, “Daredevil” #31 is able to juggle Matt Murdock’s plot more sufficiently. If Zdarsky was a little more thoughtful with the rest of his representation of anguished characters this story would be a lot better. The biggest issue with Marvel’s current “Daredevil” run is Zdarksy’s unbalanced tone.

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About the Author: Chip Zdarsky

In the ever-evolving landscape of comic books, Chip Zdarsky emerges as a figure of immense creativity and versatility. Known for infusing his narratives with both humor and emotional depth, Zdarsky has charted a course through the comic book universe that is as diverse as it is compelling. From the groundbreaking humor of “Sex Criminals” to the gritty streets of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” his journey is a testament to a talent that refuses to be pigeonholed.

The man behind the pseudonym, Steve Murray, became a household name with “Sex Criminals,” co-created with Matt Fraction. This series broke new ground with its audacious blend of comedy, romance, and the supernatural. It was here that Zdarsky’s knack for balancing wit with genuine storytelling first shone, earning the series critical acclaim and a dedicated following.

Zdarsky’s portfolio, however, spans a broad spectrum. His unique voice has breathed new life into “Howard the Duck,” where he explored themes of identity and belonging, and his run on Marvel’s “Daredevil” has been celebrated for its moral complexity and rich character development. But Zdarsky’s talents are not limited to writing. As an artist, he has lent his distinct visual style to numerous projects, enhancing his narratives with expressive artistry and dynamic visuals.

In recent years, Zdarsky has ventured into the shadowy alleys of Gotham City, bringing his distinctive flair to the world of Batman. His work on Batman titles has quickly garnered attention for its fresh take on the Dark Knight, blending the character’s traditional brooding intensity with new layers of psychological depth. Through stories that delve into Batman’s complex psyche and the morally ambiguous landscape of Gotham, Zdarsky adds to the rich tapestry of Batman lore, proving yet again his ability to navigate and innovate within established universes.

Beyond his impressive body of work, Zdarsky’s engagement with the comic book community — through social media, conventions, and insightful industry commentary — has made him a beloved figure among fans and fellow creators. His contributions have not only earned him awards and nominations but have also solidified his role as a pivotal voice in contemporary comics.

As Chip Zdarsky continues to explore the darker corners of Gotham City, his journey exemplifies the power of storytelling in comic books — where humor meets heroism, and the human condition is explored in the flicker of a bat signal against the night sky. For those drawn to the art of comics, Zdarsky’s work offers a masterclass in creativity, inviting readers into worlds both wildly imaginative and intensely real.

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