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Why do bad things happen to good devils?

Matt Murdock is back in action in a new volume of Daredevil, but his life just continues to get worse.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Daredevil #1!

The previous volume of Daredevil ended on a dark note. Matt thought he had finally triumphed over Mayor Fisk and exposed his crimes to the people of New York, only for the series to reveal that Matt had actually been trapped in a coma ever since being hit by a truck. This new series picks up weeks later, as Matt is returning to active duty as Daredevil and struggling to overcome his serious injuries.

Our hero has definitely seen better days as the new series opens. Fisk is still mayor. The NYPD are still actively hunting costumed vigilantes under orders from Fisk. And Matt is finding that even stopping a gang of armed robbers may be too much for his battered body to handle. What would once have been a simple brawl against unskilled foes instead devolves into a fight for Matt’s very life as his opponents get the better of him.

Art by Marco Checchetto. (Marvel Comics)

Art by Marco Checchetto. (Marvel Comics)

Matt manages to overpower the robbers and escape before the police arrive, but not without a heavy toll. Two of the crooks have been hospitalized for their injuries, while a third is dead from head trauma. Accidentally or not, Daredevil is apparently guilty of killing a man. We doubt that’s how Matt hoped to start this next phase of his superhero career.

Art by Marco Checchetto. (Marvel Comics)

Art by Marco Checchetto. (Marvel Comics)

This tragic development sets the tone for Daredevil’s newest monthly series. Whether Matt is truly guilty of manslaughter or this is all part of Fisk’s plan to discredit his nemesis, it’s clear that Daredevil is about to become public enemy number one in New York City.

Let us know in the comments below what you think of this latest tragedy in Matt Murdock’s life.

Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter, or Kicksplode on MyIGN.



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