In Daredevil #19 we see villains wreak havoc in Hell’s Kitchen causing a series of tragic events that lead Daredevil back to his icon red costume [SPOILERS AHEAD]
Written by Chip Zdarsky and drawn and coloured by Marco Checchetto and Mattia Iaconos, Daredevil #19 sees a group of super-villains running wild in Hell’s Kitchen. The group of psychopaths is comprised of Bullseye, Crossbones, Bullet, Stilt-Man and Rhino. The group wreak havoc turning Hell’s Kitchen into its namesake leaving nothing but a path of destruction in their wake. Setting up a series of tragic events that lead Matt Murdock back to his iconic red costume.
They turn Hell’s Kitchen into an inferno of hellfire setting bombs off, flipping cars over and terrorizing the innocent. Full of anger, a man named Hector decides he’s had enough so he dons a Daredevil costume and makes an attempt to save his city.
He witnesses Bullseye firing a warning shot at a mother and her baby. Hector then lunges at Bullseye and knocks him to the ground giving Bullseye everything he’s got shouting ‘Get the%#@% out of my neighbourhood”. But Bullseye unfazed just turns around and stabs him.
The Return Of Daredevil
Hector then falls to the ground covered in blood. As he lies there bleeding, a group of Hell Kitchen citizens begin to approach the scene ready to fight wearing Daredevil masks. Matt eventually arrives to see his city in turmoil with its citizens wearing Daredevil masks uniting together to fight his battle. Then amidst all the chaos, he sees Hector, on the floor in a pool of blood.
He does everything in his power to save him taking off his black mask using it to apply pressure in an attempt to keep him from bleeding out. Hector, with all the breath he could muster whispers “I tired”. It is at this point Matt realises that his costume and Daredevil as a symbol, are bigger than him. The citizens of Hell’s Kitchen had banded together as Daredevil and fought a battle that was truly his. He said to himself they “carried my burden, my sins. But they shouldn’t have to.”
Bullseye charges over, throwing a knife shouting “is there really no #$#@ing end to you fake Daredevils?” without a moments notice Matt catches the blade telling Bullseye “not fake Lester… just Daredevil…” as he dons the iconic red mask. Matt had been fighting an inner battle with himself but after seeing the citizens of Hell’s Kitchen come together as men/women without fear he realised his true purpose.
The man without fear is back in Hell’s Kitchen… Daredevil #19 out now!