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Daredevil #10

80
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

With Elektra at his side, Matt Murdock has launched his most ambitious campaign against injustice EVER, but as recent explosive and destructive events have unfolded, he has found himself more and more isolated — and with fewer allies than ever before…

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Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
Language
English
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$3.99
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B0BSVLL3P5

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10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    This chapter is shocking and painful to see how these allies fight each other, Matt must save the book from The Fist, Elektra is captured.

    The fight sequence between Elektra with Captain America and Spiderman vs Daredevil are amazing.

    More isolated and alone than ever, Matt is obsessed with following The Fist’s prophecy.

    Art
    Marco is a visual genius, pulling off aerial fight sequences with impressive dynamism

  • 95

    Comic Book Revolution

    Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto ensure that when experiencing what goes on in every panel of Daredevil #10 you feel like you are on an intense ride. The stakes are high at every point in this latest issue of Daredevil as Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios deal with the fallout from The Hand making their lives hell.

    In many ways, part 10 of “The Red Fist Saga” is a culmination of everything of what has happened up to this point. The way everything turns out as our Daredevil pair fight the Avengers shows the difference in approach Zdarsky and Checchetto are taking with this story. Rather than going with the typical comic book storyline framework they are truly treating “The Red Fist Saga” as just that, a saga. This is all one big story with each issue of Daredevil is telling a complete narrative that pushes the greater Red Fist Saga forward.

    (…)

    None of what goes on in Daredevil #10 would work as well as it does without Checchetto stellar artwork. Throughout Daredevil #10 you feel as though you are reading a chapter from a blockbuster comic book event. That is all thanks to Checchetto’s artwork that is as good as it has ever looked in his run on Daredevil. All of the action has a fluidity to the choreography that makes great uses of the chaotic setting of The Fist headquarters being covered in flames.

    All that said, the fight between Daredevil and Spider-Man was by far the highlight of Checchetto’s artwork in Daredevil #10. Checchetto captures how neither Matt nor Peter wished they were fighting one another but they had to given the situation at hand. Even with both wearing masks that covered their expressions you could feel the emotion they were both fighting with by the way things went down between them. It all made how Matt got Peter to drop his guard with an emotional hug hit hard.

    From beginning to end Daredevil #10 is a phenomenal comic book. Chip Zdarsky does a great job having Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios dealing with the consequences of all their actions up to this point in “The Red Fist Saga.” The way the Avengers are used further builds up the villains of the story to be the biggest threats Daredevil has ever faced. Everything that goes on is elevated by the masterful artwork by Marco Checchetto that gives Daredevil #10 a big event feel. All of this comes together to create another must read issue of Daredevil.

  • 95

    AIPT

    In Daredevil #10, Chip Zdarsky teams with Marco Checchetto and Matthew Wilson as they take Matt Murdock down to rock bottom and then give him a shovel. I thought the last issue showed us a down-and-out Daredevil who lost his friends, army, island, and faith in humanity, but this issue takes it a step further. Prepare to experience a significant moment in Daredevil’s life.

    (…)

    What sticks out about comparing Zdarsky’s arc with Born Again and Shadowland is how the situation is owned. In Born Again, Matt Murdock’s life goes to hell through the Kingpin’s involvement and actions, while in Shadowland, you could see the Hand allowed for the corruption of Murdock’s soul. In Zdarsky’s story, Matt drives himself into this situation and then allies himself with Elektra to form the Fist as they go to stop the Hand. In the other two stories, you can feel for Matt and even see a way out for him, but here the only hope that Matt has for escape or redemption falls by way of the Re-Cid drug or Goldy. If that is Matt’s hope, then this will drag Matt deeper into hell.

  • 90

    ComicBook.com

    Daredevil #10 draws Matt and Elektra’s experiment with rehabilitation to a permanent close in an issue filled with epic tragedy targeting the underlying premises of the superhero genre. There’s no moral instruction to be found in a cadre of colorful superheroes arriving to pummel the series’ heroes—ones who just made mighty sacrifices to save a child’s life and perhaps the world along with it—because they value putting those individuals in cages before anything else. And Daredevil makes that position clear, resulting in even Spider-Man looking like an absolute fool, although to the series credit it remains critical of its own protagonist as well. The visual sturm und drang of this sweeping onslaught and fall for greater aspirations meets the terrible underlying sadness of the moment, and even lands on a note that could be used to conclude this powerful run. Yet Daredevil #10 doesn’t act as a conclusion, it only frames and signals the arrival of one. Whether Zdarsky and Checchetto can stick the landing remains to be seen, but the promise of this Daredevil has never been clearer.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    The characters and the script for Daredevil #10 are simply stunning. This issue isn’t as utterly devastating as the previous chapter, with so much being taken away last time. But this is more of the consequences of Daredevil’s actions. In one way, Matt and Elektra’s actions are amicable. We’ve seen how some villains have changed, which is for the better. Even when they’re being taken away, people like Agony and their statements are horrifying. The Avengers are barging in, not knowing the whole story. But seeing the catastrophe unfolding, someone had to intervene.

    The comic’s most tragic yet riveting side is the breakdown of the friendship between Spider-Man and Daredevil. As they scrap, the narration is gorgeous. It shows the pure respect they have for each other and still do by the end of the comic. It’s a fight filled with pain and regret. Zdarsky also notes how powerful Spider-Man is, reminding us he is superhuman. What I like is the writer also ensures that it is clear that everyone involved in this issue is heroes. Spider-Man has the book’s most epic and sacrificial moment, doing something just as awesome as you might see in a comic with his own name in the title.

    The art is fantastic. The magnitude of the moment is magnificent. In some parts of Daredevil #10, the scale of the surroundings and the fight is bewildering, showing the mountains, the temple, and the sheer size of some characters. But the battle can also get intimate when the real emotion sets in. Spider-Man and Daredevil have a violent and vicious melee in the dark, with fists and their respective tools clashing. In another vein, Elektra is fighting with much less regard for the Avengers and is doing damage. The injuries are small but nasty. And while I may have mentioned the fight has lost players, those within it look phenomenal.

    (…)

    Daredevil #10 is an issue powered by heartache. Friendships and alliances are erased in this comic as both Daredevil’s haven and his reputation disintegrate. Seeing the pain that Checchetto draws and Zdarsky pens is crushing. But also, you would be hard-pressed to find a more epic set of fight sequences elsewhere this week. The spectrum of scale, while maintaining the same intensity, left me mindblown.

  • 90

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Daredevil #10 takes the big developments from issue #9 and goes even bigger with fantastic art, thrilling action, rollercoaster pacing, and painfully emotional moments for the titular hero. Zdarsky’s time on this title is rapidly coming to an end, and it looks like he’s doing everything possible to leave with a bang.

  • 89

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Zdarksy brings this story to an adventurous, action-filled and emotional climax in this issue. All of the action is thrilling. The emotional stakes are high and the story takes some great turns throughout both in Matt’s fight with Spider-Man and his moments of doubt. The dynamic with Elektra continues to be engaging and I love how this story strips everything from Matt Murdock in a bombastic way while also giving the character something more interesting. I also love the internal dialogue from Matt throughout the issue and how it engages the reader.

    The Art: Checchetto delivers some stunning art throughout the issue. The visuals are big, bold and exciting and you feel a part of every emotional and action-packed moment.

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    Daredevil #10 deals with both central themes in this stretch of Zdarsky’s run: the idea that the criminal justice system is broken and whether fate, generally or God specifically, is determining the course of Matt’s life. The first theme is the better handled of the two. The discussion of the issue is easy to follow. Matt’s viewpoint remains the same for the whole series: the system is broken, heroes are bad for contributing to it, and the entire thing has to be blown up. But it is worth wondering how much we’re supposed to be on Matt’s side about this viewpoint. After all, Samson called him out last issue for using the prison escapees in his private war at the expense of their own healing process. The problem is told from Matt’s perspective, so his argument is presented rationally and with conviction. But at the same time, it feels off when Matt derogatorily calls Spider-Man, a character long established as being empathetic and inclined to give second chances, a cop. There is a growing dissonance in the series between the beliefs Zdarsky has Matt espousing and his actions and words about them.

    The second theme, Matt’s struggle against what may or may not be God’s plan, is somewhat muddled. As it is handled in Daredevil #10 alone, Matt’s inner monologue reckoning with the idea that God is forcing him down a path works. Indeed, these ideas are usually handled well in isolation within each issue. Here, Zdarsky paints a picture of a tortured man trying to do what he believes he’s supposed to despite it not being what he wants and causing him and others pain.

    As a component of the larger story Zdarsky is telling, though, this idea has become messy. Matt vacillates about this on an almost issue-by-issue basis (just the last issue, he was waxing about how humanity’s violent nature had, in a sense, destroyed God). In some issues, he believes he has free will. In others, he doesn’t. In some issues, he accepts God’s plan. In others, he rages against it. It’s unclear whether this theme has started to lose coherence or if Matt’s lack of clarity is supposed to reflect a potentially existential crisis of faith. If the latter, Zdarsky isn’t letting the character arc breathe sufficiently between plot advancement to convey the idea entirely.

    The action in Daredevil #10 is detailed and high-energy, which continues to be a staple of Checchetto’s work on the series. But of particular note are the close-up panels on Matt, Goldy, and Elektra. Checchetto gives Elektra a moment where she is simultaneously sad to be left behind while imploring him unspokenly to do just that. The art carries the emotion in the exchange between Matt and Goldy late in the issue. Checchetto never loses track of Matt’s feelings behind his shaggy hair and full beard, and that proves critical here, where Zdarsky’s dialogue is somewhat matter-of-fact to the circumstances.

    (…)

    There is an unfortunate “been there, done that” sense to the dominant themes continuing through this issue. And the underlying contradiction of Zdarsky’s themes (Matt believing that the existing justice system needs to be destroyed while remaining faithful to a religion that has rigid rules and punitive consequences) feels even more on display than usual. But on its own Daredevil #10 is largely effective with a fun story and exciting, high energy visuals.

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    Daredevil #10 pits Matt against Peter and creates a great spectacle while doing it. More interesting than the physical fight though is the ethical and ideological debates that arise between the blows. Here the reader gets to see a lot of the themes that have been brought up throughout this series come out in a visceral way. By the end though, the eloquent and elaborate ways the creators go out of their way to drive home how much strife Matt has and will endure, starts to feel like bullying.

  • 80

    First Comics News

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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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