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Daredevil: Gang War #1 (of 4)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.


ELEKTRA NATCHIOS, former assassin turned DAREDEVIL, has been recruited by the Amazing Spider-Man to stop New York City from tearing itself apart as every mobster and super villain in town go to war!

And Elektra is the only thing standing in the way of Hell’s Kitchen’s annihilation at the hands of a dangerous new gang – the HEAT – whose violent schemes from the pages of DAREDEVIL unfold!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
Amazon ASIN

8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Gang War: Daredevil #1 is a fantastic tie-in. It isolates Daredevil whilst also making sure it’s an integral part of the whole event. If there is a character that could be left alone to protect a whole area of New York, it is the world’s deadliest assassin.

  • 90


    Daredevil: Gang War #1 is a solidly written and exceptionally drawn first issue. It sets up its main character, her unique position during the event, and a mystery worth resolving. This is an intense vigilante action comic at its best.

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A thrilling, intense and exciting story that is exactly what this gang war storyline needs. Not only does the story focus on the event, but also creates some compelling obstacles for Daredevil to overcome as well as challenge her promise to Matt. The story takes some great moments to develop Elektra’s persona as Daredevil as well as the challenges of the role and the action is thrilling and suspenseful throughout.

    The Art: Davila matches the energy and suspense of the story with awesome art that is filled with great intensity and energy.

  • 80

    Derby Comics

    Elektra, donning the Daredevil mantle, finds herself in the midst of the Gang War chaos. The weight of responsibility for Hell’s Kitchen is evident on her face, the city’s desperation mirrored in her steely gaze. While the action is exhilarating, Erica Shultz ensures that the issue isn’t just about punching bad guys. We see Elektra wrestling with the burden of the Daredevil role and the promises she made to Matt, questioning her own methods and motivations. The internal conflict adds depth and complexity to the character, making her more than just a masked vigilante.

    Sergio Davila’s art brings the gritty streets of Hell’s Kitchen to life. Daredevil’s acrobatic combat is rendered with a dynamic clarity, each punch and kick feeling impactful. The fight scenes are brutal and ballet-like at the same time, showcasing Elektra’s lethal skill and unwavering resolve.

  • 79

    Multiversity Comics

    A solid Daredevil story that doesnt take a lot of risks and has to fit within a larger event, but it lets Elektra be her own Daredevil and hurt a lot of people who deserve it.

  • 77

    Major Spoilers

    Elektra and Daredevil are fascinating characters, and I tend to read most comics about them. However, my favorite comics are about them fighting the Hand or low-level crime. Daredevil: Gang War #1 takes me out of my expectations. Despite that, the writing and art are solid. This comic receives a 4 out of 5 stars, but I am unsure if I will follow the rest of the title.

  • 76

    Comic Watch

    Daredevil: Gang War#1 is a strong tie-in that doubles as an equally strong Elektra story. Erica Schultz impresses here with her interpretation of Elektra, this series filling the gap between the current main Daredevil run and the role of Hell’s Kitchen withinGang Warwith grace. Strong, character-driven storytelling overall wins this issue a glowing reccomendation, even if you aren’t following the main event. I hope Schultz gets to continue on writing Elektra after this event, as Marvel may have just found the character’s next great stewardess.

  • 30

    What’s most deflating in Daredevil: Gang War #1 is that its protagonist could be replaced by seemingly any superhero and their dialogue, actions, and perspective would be almost entirely unchanged. Elektra Natchios is a distinctive character in the Marvel pantheon and placing this hyper-competent assassin in the role of nonlethal guardian creates an interesting dynamic that is present nowhere in these pages. Daredevil is easily foiled by villains who hardly register in an action sequence seemingly driven by plot as she responds to events like she’s reading a guide to superhero tropes. It makes Elektra seem foolish or naive and wastes entire pages showing her creep about warehouses with few opportunities to display the sorts of fast-paced and violent action sequences that makes here such a stellar anti-hero in comics. With artwork and story that seem to color by numbers, the only compliment that can be afforded to Daredevil: Gang War #1 can be shared with many merchandising promotions featuring Marvel characters: it is competently displayed.

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