Daredevil #605 Review: The Over-the-Top Battle of City Hall

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Wilson Fisk is on his feet again and demanding the seat of mayor back from Matt Murdock. Meanwhile, Daredevil, Father Jordan, and the Order of the Dragon are pinned down across town. However, their lucks change when they find a police horse stable. They use the horses to draw the Hand back to city hall for the final battle.

Daredevil #605 cover by Chris Sprouse and Marte Gracia
Daredevil #605 cover by Chris Sprouse and Marte Gracia

Daredevil #605 brings this story arc to a close with a big and dramatic final battle outside city hall. Like the last issue, it's grand and ridiculous, but it's so genuine in its presentation. Plus, that presentation itself is just a ton of fun.

The Wilson Fisk segment doesn't really go anywhere and mostly seems there for a gag. It doesn't really land, but it's still a little fun to watch the Kingpin browbeat the ever-lovable Foggy Nelson.

The big fight has brief appearances from some of New York's other heroes, such as Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Spider-Man, and Moon Knight. I dig that, of course.

There is an ending stinger that comes off as a bit goofy. It sets up for whatever the next stage of the Mayor Fisk story will be. It involves an otherwise smart character making a laughably bad decision. That's the only part of the comic that doesn't quite click.

Daredevil #605 art by Mike Henderson and Matt Milla
Daredevil #605 art by Mike Henderson and Matt Milla

Mike Henderson and Matt Milla deliver another great-looking issue, with Henderson's more stylized and semi-cartoonish work fitting the over-the-top nature of the story. The big action scene in front of city hall is given a lot of detail, care, and kinetic energy. Milla's color work gives that extra spark of energy by balancing dark black and gray with red and yellows in the foreground.

Daredevil #605 is brings the Hand invasion story to a roaring finish, as Daredevil gathers his allies for a grand battle for New York. It's tone and presentation are ridiculous, but it's a lot of fun. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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