Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Francesco Mobili, Marco Checchetto
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 4, 2019
I love this book. I usually come up with some different ways to say that to begin each issue, but I figure I’d cut to the chase and get on with the review. Alright? Here we go…
The issue opens with Matt and Cole North having some coffee and discussing the letter of the law. Actually, Cole is throwing shade at Matt for thinking he’s above the law, Matt assuring Cole he knows the law and Cole giving up a bit of information that fleshes out his character and shows the reader that these two are more similar than we thought, but also so different. I really want these two to become partners like David Crabtree and his Car/Mother, but that’s going to have to wait a little longer even though it looks possible by the end of the scene at least.
We then go off to catch up with Fisk and it seems as if Kingpin is a bit shy these days and can you blame him? Unfortunately, things are on a bit of a downward spiral for the Mayor and it gets worse as it looks like the Stromwyn’s are onto him. I still don’t think they will end up caring much, but that might be because I have a piece of shit brother myself!
Continuing on, Matt has Mindy come by his apartment, but not for a booty call. He tells her to get her daughter and herself out of town, but she’s not listening. We then see that her husband isn’t much of a listener and while Izzy has set up an alliance against Owlsley, I have a feeling that Thomas will muck it up soon enough. The issue then ends with Cole making it known the police (maybe just him) are back in the Kitchen and Matt setting his sights (pun kind of intended) on a bigger target than what he’s been up to lately.
This was another setup issue and while we have gotten a couple of those in a row, Chip Zdarsky isn’t just setting up his story and characters, but also a rising tension that makes this book feel like it’s about to burst its staples! A gang war, bad vs good cops and Daredevil and Elektra going after Kingpin? I am so in and continue to love this series. That love extends to the art department as well. The whole art team does a great job and this book looks fantastic.
The tension and stakes are ramping up from every angle and Chip Zdarsky is giving the reader just enough (or maybe just a little less than enough) to continue making this book a must-read every issue. Things are about to get real messy and I can’t wait.