The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen

The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen has reached a landmark 600th issue. The issue will be the finale of the “Mayor Fisk” storyline that sees Matt Murdock and his alter ego, Daredevil, backed into a corner as Wilson Fisk, Marvel’s infamous Kingpin of Crime, gets elected as Mayor of New York City. Charlie Soule, writer of the series, pens both the current run of Star Wars: Darth Vader and Star Wars: Poe Dameron. His other work includes almost twenty issues of DC’s New 52 Swamp Thing and Red Lanterns.

What is so brilliant about the arc is that it asks a question that readers may have not thought to ask: who is Daredevil? With Soule’s run on Daredevil, it very much returns to the roots of who Matt Murdock/Daredevil is and what his role is in crime fighting.

Marvel can at times do things with characters that were originally intended as an outside-of-the-box storyline, but what comes across as a deviation of the honesty of the character. It happens to every character. Waid’s run on Daredevil was something completely out of the box but not necessarily in a good way. Waid stripped Daredevil of his two biggest assets of character. New York and his secret identity.

When Matt Murdock revealed to the world who he was, it just felt hollow. My point is that with Soule, you get a Daredevil who knows his limits. You get a Daredevil who loves his city, so he joins Fisk as Deputy Mayor, to protect it as Matt Murdock. Writers understand the characters’ personality and traits and how a character can function best in an environment. Famous screenwriting guru Blake Snyder once said, “A writer is a director themselves. They must understand the characters, the set, the plot, all of it.” And I believe that.

Ogre’s Grove at 129 Union St. (next to Milton Public Library) will have Daredevil 600 in March, while supplies last. Click here to find out how to get your own pull box so you don’t miss any of your favorite titles.

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