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Noteworthy Issues: Daredevil #23 (October, 2020)

Daredevil and Spider-Man finally have it out!

One thing this run of Daredevil has done is shown an uneasy relationship between Daredevil and Spider-Man.  That’s odd because normally these two are pretty good friends and partners.  Why is Spidey being so harsh on the Man Without Fear?

There’s actually a good reason for that.

Issue:  Daredevil #23, October 2020

Writer:  Chip Zdarsky

Artist:  Marco Checchetto

The Plot:  What is Spider-Man’s problem?

Commentary:  OK, to be honest, Spider-Man doesn’t pop up until the issue is half-over.  There are other things going on first, such as Matt’s reaction to the fact Foggy put an old girlfriend of his on retainer, one who does not remember Matt is Daredevil or perhaps that the two had anything going at all.  It’s all well and good, but this woman came from a time when I wasn’t reading Daredevil comics.

So, bottom line, as much as it’s an interesting development, I really don’t much care about her.  It’s not like she’s Karen Page or someone along those lines.  Heck, I wouldn’t mind if it was that blind woman (Mia I think) that Matt hastily married during Bendis’s run.  But this woman?  I’m sure she’s a fine enough character, but aside from whatever is said here, I don’t really know anything about this.  As much of the rest of the issue shows Matt preparing for the possibility he won’t be around to protect Hell’s Kitchen for a little while, he still has to deal with an enpowered Wilson Fisk.

And that’s where Spider-Man comes in.  When Matt first accidentally killed a thief during a fight, most of the local superheroes he knew came by to say it was an accident, that these things happen, and he needs to learn to live with himself.  Given Matt’s Catholicism and unshakable belief in the law, that was never going to happen.  But Spider-Man, who came alone and returned for a second round, had a very different tone.  Matt had, in the first conversation, referred to Peter as being the best of them.  That made it seem weird that he was the one who seemed the most threatening, basically warning Matt to stop before someone got really hurt.

So, was a fight coming?

Eh, not really, but I genuinely loved how this plot line was resolved.  Yes, it was a minor plot point, but Spider-Man had his reasons, Matt listened, and the two ended things with their relationship stronger than it was before.

Oh, what was the reason?  Well, read the issue.  It’s a good one.

Grade:  A-