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Noteworthy Issues: Daredevil #24 (November, 2020)

Daredevil finally goes on trial.

So it all comes down to this:  Matt Murdock, in his guise as Daredevil, is finally going on trial for the accidental murder of a petty criminal.  Matt’s been in the hotseat between his own guilt, Mayor Wilson Fisk’s attempts to take care of his old enemy at the same time, and working to prevent Hell’s Kitchen from being bought up by a pair of evil billionaires whose finances make even Tony Stark pause.

Here, finally, is the trial itself.

Issue:  Daredevil #24, November 2020

Writer:  Chip Zdarsky

Artist:  Mike Hawthorne

The Plot:  The Man Without Fear faces the music!

Commentary:  One of the biggest factors for Daredevil as a character is his Catholic guilt.  Zdarsky’s run has made it clear from the beginning that sometimes superheroes accidentally kill people.  Many of Matt’s hero friends all admit that it has happened and they have to deal with it.  Between his extreme religious faith and trust in the law as an institution, there’s no way Matt was ever going to go that route.  He killed a man, and he has to pay for that crime no matter how accidental the death.

The issue, then, is can Matt with good conscience go to prison like he thinks he probably should while also leaving Hell’s Kitchen vulnerable to the likes of, well, all kinds of people, but especially the aforementioned billionaires, the Stromwyns, who will gentrify the hell out of Hell’s Kitchen?

Oh, and he has to do all that while keeping his secret identity a secret, a plan that had Foggy bring in Matt’s slacker identical twin brother Mike to cover for Matt at times when the two had to be in the same place at the same time.  Mike doesn’t know Matt is a vigilante, and that’s another wrinkle.

Essentially, the courthouse appearance will turn out the way it does depending on whether or not Matt finds a sense of peace of mind, one that he’ll call in every favor and trick he can think of to get to that point if it’s even possible.

Oh, and the Kingpin may be striking up a romance with Typhoid Mary.  I see no possible way that could go badly.

Grade:  A-