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Daredevil #10

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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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  • 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


    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.
  • 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.
  • 90

    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

Steve Murray (born December 21, 1975), known by the pen-name Chip Zdarsky, is a Canadian comic book artist and writer, journalist, illustrator and designer. He has also used the pseudonym Todd Diamonte. He worked for National Post for over a decade, until 2014, as an illustrator and humorist (as Steve Murray) and wrote and illustrated a column called “Extremely Bad Advice” for the paper as well as The Ampersand, the newspaper’s pop culture section’s online edition.

He uses the Zdarsky pseudonym for comics-related work, using it to create Prison Funnies and Monster Cops and as artist and co-creator of Sex Criminals with writer Matt Fraction. Comics attributed to him include Howard the Duck, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Daredevil and Spider-Man: Life Story for Marvel Comics, Batman for DC Comics and Jughead for Archie Comics.

Early life

Steve Murray was born in Edmonton, Alberta and raised in Barrie, Ontario.


Murray has illustrated for such clients as The Globe and Mail, New York magazine, CBC and Canadian Business.

In 2000, Murray created Chip Zdarsky as a pseudonym and alter ego for his persona as a comic book writer and illustrator, developing his own independent projects, such as Prison Funnies and Monster Cops (which can be read online or in print) as well as collaborating on a variety of projects, including Dark Horse Comics titles Fierce and Rumble Royale. About his alter ego, Murray said “I wanted to have a sad-sack cartoonist persona that lives in his mom’s basement, paints figurines for money, has restraining orders against him. And that became a character.” He describes the character as “an idiot who doesn’t know what I’m doing. I’ve had no success in my life. No matter what, I’m going to mess things up.” Murray initially attempted to keep the identities separate and secret.

From 2008 to 2014, Murray penned and illustrated a weekly advice column for the National Post called “Extremely Bad Advice”. He also wrote another column in that paper, Tear Jerk, in which he reviewed films to see if they could actually make him “weep like a baby”.

Along with Kagan McLeod, Ben Shannon, and Cameron Stewart, he is a co-founder of the studio The Royal Academy of Illustration and Design, which produced Rumble Royale.

In 2010, he also launched a mock campaign for mayor of Toronto. He was not an officially registered candidate, launching his satirical “campaign” through social networking platforms after the deadline had passed to register as a candidate in the real campaign.

Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction
In June 2013, Image Comics announced that Chip Zdarsky had teamed up with Invincible Iron Man and Hawkeye writer, Matt Fraction, on a new creator-owned series titled Sex Criminals. The first issue was released on September 23, 2013. Sex Criminals was declared number 1 on Time magazine’s list of “Top 10 Comics and Graphic Novels” of 2013.

In 2014, Murray won a Will Eisner Award for Best New Series for Sex Criminals.

Zdarsky wrote the first series arc of the relaunched Jughead comic for the 2015 New Riverdale relaunch.

On February 15, 2017, it was announced that beginning that June, Zdarsky would be writing a brand new “back-to-basics” Spider-Man series Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man that would run alongside writer Dan Slott‘s run on The Amazing Spider-Man. Zdarsky later wrote the two Spider-Man miniseries Spider-Man: Life Story and Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow.

In November 2018, it was announced that Zdarsky would serve as the writer on Daredevil, with Marco Checchetto serving as artist. The series began publication in February 2019 and lasted until November 2021 with issue 36. This leads into the event Devil’s Reign, also by Zdarsky and Checchetto. A new Daredevil #1 will launch in June 2022, with Zdarsky and Checchetto returning from the previous volume. The series will explore the fallout of Devil’s Reign and the effect it had on both Matt and Elektra, as both are operating as Daredevil.

In 2020, DC Comics announced that Zdarsky would be among the creators of a revived Batman: Black and White anthology series to debut on December 8, 2020.

In February 2022, it was announced that Zdarsky will serve as the new writer for the mainline Batman book, starting with issue 125 on July 5, with Jorge Jiménez serving as the artist.

[Latest Update: May 26, 2022]