Daredevil: Dark Nights #2

Written By: Lee Weeks
Art By: Lee Weeks

Daredevil: Dark Nights #2 is a very stellar issue that packs a lot of great internal conflict, but doesn’t push the external conflict as far as it should have by this point. The first issue set up the main dilemma of the story, while establishing thematically what Daredevil must accomplish to overcome that dilemma. While this issue does that similarly well, we’re still left in pretty much the same place as last issue.

Not to say this issue is a major dip in quality, because there are a lot of excellent Daredevil moments to be had. First off, the opening seen with Johnny the gambler was a great way of Weeks having us get invested in the character, only to use him as an example of what Daredevil is sacrificing by delivering Hannah’s heart instead of stopping other crimes.

Weeks continues to use biblical quotes artfully, to emphasize where Daredevil gets his persistence. Weeks even works in a mention of Karen Page, to show the emotional void that Daredevil attempts to fill by fighting crime.

The artwork is just as striking as last issue, and manages to make each panel of Daredevil striding through the blizzard, dynamic and different from the last. The use of the fragmented ice to show the different criminal situations Daredevil cannot act upon, is a clever image that adds to the emotional scripting.

Because so much of the conflict comes from Daredevil’s internal thought, I can’t help but feel like the character hasn’t been tested enough in the series, even though the character tells us all the other crimes he cannot stop. Regardless, Daredevil: Dark Nights #2 continues the emotional and moving story that had been established in issue one.

Score: 8.4/10