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Daredevil #12

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 critic ratings.

Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto enter the ring for a championship bout as their senses-shattering run on DAREDEVIL reaches its most ambitious point yet!

They’ve dragged Matt Murdock to the deepest and darkest places of his entire history – but they’re about to drag him even lower!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
24 pages
Amazon ASIN

10 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    Zdarsky brings in one hell of a script that will have you worried, excited, and shocked about the fate of a character. If you’ve been reading Daredevil for a while, these might be things we’ve seen in other runs, but I haven’t been this invested in the outcome in a long time. I am hopeful for Daredevil’s victory, but not sure about the price – and at the end of it all, just who will be Daredevil?

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Daredevil #12 is a poetic masterpiece. There are times when a book stands out for its literary brilliance or its artistic excellence. This issue has both. Every creator involved is phenomenal at what they do, bringing a book that reads and looks unlike any other. Whilst there is a fight, this issue is a love story, a testimony to the more positive side of Daredevil. And for a character so steeped in darkness, that light can be blissful before it fades again.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    This series continues to impress, each new installment taking you to new places, situations and epic moments in an organic and fluid way, where Daredevil faces increasingly complex and painful challenges.

    Checchetto uses many textures that bring out the details and makes the comic very dynamic, each panel is mesmerizing.

  • 95

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: I absolutely loved the pacing, style and passion of this story from Zdarsky. It is a fantastic distilment of everything that makes Daredevil and Matt Murdock so interesting and engaging as a character. There are so many interesting and intriguing themes going on throughout the issue and the confrontation with Elektra had me on the edge of my seat. Not only that, but the end of the issue made me excited to see where this story goes next and happy that I can’t predict anything about it.

    The Art: Checchetto’s art is fantastic. The fight between Matt and Elektra had the visual beauty and style of a dance being played out on the page and the final moments of the issue were visually satisfying and exciting to see unfold.

  • 95

    Comic Book Revolution

    Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto deliver an emotional and thrilling comic book with Daredevil #12. From beginning to end we see how Matt Murdock’s journey led him to make the decision he made to enter his final fight. The way Elektra Natchios and Sam Chung factor into Matt’s final decision was excellently crafted. It all leads to reminder of why this is one of the best comic books on the market.

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    Daredevil #12 continues to tie the series’ themes together as Zdarsky closes in on the end of his run. Anyone who doubted this run’s effectiveness, as indeed these reviews did at one point, can be reassured by these last two issues.

  • 90

    The penultimate chapter of this Daredevil saga sets the stage for a titanic finale that strikes a similar chord as The Immortal Hulk. This means that much of Daredevil #12 is devoted to tying off loose ends and setting the stage for one last, unexpected twist. Longtime readers of the series may appreciate the cameo element as it flavors one last expository sequence about ancient, devil-worshipping ninja cults. There’s an epilogue-like pacing in the build to this issue’s climactic fight, but once that inevitable confrontation arrives, it is splendidly rendered by Marco Checchetto, whose action sequences have been a consistent highlight of the series for nearly five years now. It’s a familiar conflict and one that plays out with the epic grace and scope befitting it and featuring a number of callbacks to Daredevil history. Matthew Wilson’s beautiful rendering of cherry blossoms amidst the violence makes for splendidly sincere melodrama. The stage is set for one last fight and Zdarsky & Checchetto’s spin on Daredevil is still throwing haymakers.

  • 85

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Daredevil #12 sets Matt Murdock on a road to Hell, and the results are memorable. It’s unclear how Zdarsky plans to wrap up his run on the Man Without Fear, but the setup for the forthcoming finale is turning out to be a wild ride.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 50


    Oh, Daredevil. You’ve jumped the shark. There are some nice moments here in Matt’s narration of seeing the woman Elektra has grown into, before, you know, making her stab him with a Sai in a horrific reminder of her death at the hands of Bullseye. Daredevil is dead, but he leaves another to continue his work in the world while he talks with his dad in Hell (um, okay) and sets off on a new adventure.

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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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