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Daredevil #7

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 12 critic ratings.

As Daredevil, both Elektra and Matt Murdock have made a home for super villains at the new stronghold of the Fist.

But not everyone they’ve welcomed shares their vision for how things should be done.

In this issue, that’s going to cost them – and put them on a collision course with the rest of the Marvel Universe!

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Print Lenght
24 pages
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12 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    The overall emotional effect of seeing so much potential being achieved frames the inevitable reversal wonderfully in a showdown that earns its seemingly hyperbolic degree of presentation with two armies of good and evil preparing to enter the field. Daredevil delivers a riveting morality play of modern social movements set against an epic fantasy backdrop with some of Marvel Comics' greatest characters; it's a truly astounding superhero comic.
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Daredevil #7 keeps the storyline moving with a terrific issue. Whilst all part of the same plot, the artists taking different parts gives layers to the story. The Hand and the Punisher have felt far away, only mentioned as an outside force. This issue brings them very close. I admire the voice this comic is developing, actually addressing key elements of superhero comics and society as a whole.
  • 98

    Comic Watch

    Daredevil #7 continues a series trend where the more down to Earth, character oriented story elements are much stronger than the long developing Fist/Hand arc. As welcome as the opening page recap was for whats going on with the Punisher side of this story, I still found myself losing interest in these moments. This is another strong issue, but I would like to see Zdarsky find more balance in these two sides of Matts motivation.
  • 90

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Zdarsky crafts an intense and brilliantly compelling story in this issue. All of the forces internal and external tearing at Matt create a story that not only gets to the heart of the character, but infuses the drama with great meaning to the reader. I love the immediacy of the plot as well as the moments between the characters. The finale of this issue has me excited for their confrontation. The Art: De Latorre and Checchetto deliver some stunning visuals throughout the issue. The art is exciting and perfectly captures and complements the tension and emotion of the story.
  • 90


    Daredevil #7 is another great issue that advances the showdown between the Fist and the Hand. The reformed villains get a moment to think beyond themselves, making this a significant character issue. What is ideal is at the end of it all, you know there is a deadly threat waiting for these characters. The fire is starting up, so get ready for war.
  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Daredevil #7 does an excellent job setting the stage for the big clash between The Fist and The Hand. Building off the previous issue, Chip Zdarksy, Rafael De Latorre, and Marco Checchetto continue to test Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios in fascinating ways. The direction things went does provide a lot of intrigue into how the Daredevil pair will deal with Punisher and Aka when facing off against The Hand.
  • 90

    Comic Book Revolution

    Daredevil #7 does an excellent job setting the stage for the big clash between The Fist and The Hand. Building off the previous issue, Chip Zdarksy, Rafael De Latorre, and Marco Checchetto continue to test Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios in fascinating ways. The direction things went does provide a lot of intrigue into how the Daredevil pair will deal with Punisher and Aka when facing off against The Hand.
  • 80

    Un Cómic Más

    This chapter is in preparation for the moment we have been waiting for since the Punisher became the fist of the Beast.
  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 70

    Major Spoilers

    In terms for what it does for the character himself, Daredevil #7 is amazing. Seeing Matt fully and unabashedly embrace a political stance is interesting both within this issue and in the context of the character as a whole. The thing that brings this down though is the inclusion of The Hand which is done in a way that is nearly impossible not to see coming.
  • 70


    The issue works more for set-up than actual events (although those do show how Murdock can put his litany of skills to use to do a little good in situations other heroes aren’t watching). Daredevil #7 also promises the inevitable confrontation we should finally see between Daredevil and the Punisher.
  • 60

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    In all, Daredevil #7 has a few bright spots and gorgeous art, but the story takes a breather from the looming war with the Hand to deliver a one-dimensional social message about the evils of corporations, the damage of gentrification, and the flaws of the prison system. There's nothing wrong with social messaging, but when it's delivered so flatly, the issue reads more like a lecture than a thought-provoking idea.

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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]

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