Daredevil Sets the Stage for the Showdown to Save New York from Bullseye

Bullseye is poised to plunge New York City into murderous chaos, while multiple figures wearing Daredevil’s mantle quickly try to stop him.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Daredevil #34, on sale now from Marvel Comics.

One of the biggest themes that has defined Chip Zdarsky’s run on the Daredevil ongoing series right from the start is Matt Murdock’s deep sense of guilt over an incident where he inadvertently committed manslaughter. This downward spiral ultimately led Matt to accept a guilty plea in exchange for a shortened prison sentence. And as Matt’s personal life continues to go off-the-rails, the return of an old enemy helps refocus Matt mentally on his superhero responsibility’s in a showdown with Bullseye. And with Bullseye deadlier and more murderously ambitious than ever, the scope of this confrontation is poised to impact all of New York City.

After being defeated and imprisoned following an attempt to raze Hell’s Kitchen to the ground, Bullseye was sent to a secret laboratory underneath the Ravencroft Institute. With Mayor Wilson Fisk intent on resuming his own vendetta against Daredevil, he tasked his scientists to find a way to make Bullseye more compliant with receiving orders. As part of these experiments, Ravencroft cloned an army of Bullseyes to start with a clean genetic slate before Bullseye escaped custody with his clones and went on a killing spree through the streets of Manhattan. And in Daredevil #34 — by Chip Zdarsky, Stefano Landini, Marcio Menyz and VC’s Clayton Cowles — forces gather in Times Square to make their last stand against the deranged serial killer.

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Elektra was the first superhero to confront Bullseye, only to be ambushed by the clones and barely escaping with her life. Iron Man healed Elektra’s grievous wounds with advanced medical nanotechnology, with Elektra deciding to lure Bullseye and his small army into Times Square before he can claim more lives. Elektra is joined by Typhoid Mary sporting her own makeshift Daredevil costume after being cooped up in the Mayor’s heavily guarded penthouse. And as the two women face a mob of Bullseyes, the Man Without Fear is finally making his big return.

For months, Matt Murdock was offered numerous opportunities to have his prison sentence commuted or otherwise escape from the penitentiary entirely, but was obsessed with serving out his full term. Even as the FBI were poised to bust the warden for dosing inmates with an illegal street drug, Murdock seemed content to reign in hell rather than return to the outside world. This all changed when he learned that Bullseye was on the loose again. And if Typhoid Mary is involved, Fisk may be forced to work with his longtime enemy again in order to protect the woman he loves against a common enemy.

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Murdock has endured a never-ending tour of self-misery and dovetailing mental health ever since learning he accidentally killed a man in a routine larceny bust. However, whenever Hell’s Kitchen came under attack, Daredevil was able to knuckle up and remember why he donned the crimson cowl in the first place. This trend continued during his recent prison stint, with his deteriorating mental health being pointed out constantly by his friends until Bullseye’s return snapping him back to his senses. And with Elektra and Typhoid Mary already making their last stand, the upcoming showdown is sure to be a bloody one.

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