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Daredevil #13

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Universal acclaim

Based on 9 critic ratings.


Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto are on the last leg of their tour de force through Matt Murdock’s life… and afterlife.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Daredevil #13 is something truly unexpected. The journey into Hell to face the Beast meant that Murdock was going to come up against something big or monstrous. But the designs shine and the reveal answers a question no one was even asking, putting an entirely different slant on the situation. This entire comic transcends what I thought Daredevil comics were capable of whilst still feeling true to not just Zdarsky’s run, but the character as a whole. It’s mindblowing, but enough foundations had been laid to feel earned.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Checchetto uses many textures that bring out the details and makes the comic very dynamic, each panel is mesmerizing. This installment has many terrifying sequences that Marco adds a layer of creepy textures.

  • 95

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Daredevil #13 takes the phrase “go big or go home” to heart with a massive fight in the pit of Hell to save Daredevil’s friends. The writing and art are beyond reproach, and the ending sets an impossibly high bar heading into the finale.

  • 95

    Comic Book Revolution

    Daredevil #13 is an incredible penultimate chapter for Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto’s “The Red Fist Saga.” Everything that happens in this issue has an epic scale that works to spotlight what drives Matt Murdock as Daredevil. It all sets up the final issue by Zdarsky and Checchetto to be a strong epilogue to their creative run on Daredevil.

  • 94

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Zdarsky brings all the drama, despair, pain, faith and determination within Matt Murdock to life in this issue. The story is one filled with amazing moments for the character as well as revelations that will shatter him to the core as he discovers what he has really been serving. There are moments of amazing narration for the character and anyone picking up Daredevil for the first time will learn about the character and why he is so unique among the Marvel heroes. I loved this issue and the buildup to an emotionally shattering climax.

    The Art: Checchetto delivers beautifully detailed art that transports the reader into the dark and dangerous realm of the Beast. Matt is brought to brilliant life in this issue and the action is a visual thrill.

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    With two Zdarsky-written issues left after last month, the natural thing would be to expect a two-part final battle against the Beast to rescue Matt’s friends and tie up what loose ends remain. Daredevil #13 proves to be an effective and surprising penultimate entry, and it leaves the final issue’s events even more up in the air.

  • 85


    Daredevil #13 is a very personal issue that dives into Matt Murdock’s current battle, which helps to evoke why Daredevil is a great character to follow. His battles are of all natures, but when they go internal or spiritual, they play to the character’s strength. This issue rises to the top of Daredevil feats but doesn’t give us a clear-cut ending, which is fine as the next issue is the conclusion to the creative team’s run. I hope they can give us a solid ending that helps keep this run compelling.

  • 80

    Daredevil #13 features Matt Murdock’s “final battle” as he descends into Hell to save the souls of his best friend and others condemned by The Hand. There’s an epic majesty evidenced in Marco Checchetto’s artwork as it depicts a sprawling vision of Hell defined by tall towers and staircases that hearken back to epic poetry. It makes for a grand spectacle as Daredevil, now garbed in white, battles The Beast’s enormous form. Yet the nature of this battle between a man and devils is largely metaphorical as the series is so far removed from Daredevil’s typical setting and abilities. With Matthew already dead, there’s a lack of tension surrounding this conflict as it plays out. It’s only in the final few pages, especially the issue’s stunning cliffhanger removed from the warm colors of Hell, that the issue finds its grounding and delivers an appropriate set up for next month’s big finale.

  • 70

    First Comics News

More From Daredevil (2022)

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.

[Latest Update: April 8, 2024]