- zdarsky chip
- marco chechetto
- V.C.’s Clayton Cowles
- Cover artist:
- Marco Checchetto Matthew Wilson
- Release date:
- matthew wilson
The Man Without Fear is officially spoken for now that he and Elektra got married. Reckless Issue 5, from writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Marco Checchetto, colorist Matthew Wilson, and letterer Clayton Cowles, is a look at the next step after their much talked about union. It’s also a particularly important chapter in the “The Red Fist Saga” story arc.
Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios have exchanged vows and are now king and queen of the Fist. But there is no honeymoon for them as they need to get down to business and deal with the Punisher, the leader of the Hand. Before going to war, the Fist must raise an army that can challenge the Hand. They look for soldiers in some of the most unlikely places.
Every time it seems Zdarsky has pushed the limits of reinvention in Reckless as far as they can go, does it again. In many ways, this run is a love letter to all the different eras of the Man Without Fear. It encompasses ninjas, magic, religion, and the character’s history with the greater Marvel Universe. The writer doesn’t spend much time repeating the significance of the union between Daredevil and Elektra, as he immediately addresses the main reason they did it in the first place. It’s a welcome and recognizable pace for the series, as it doesn’t fall into the trap of overexplaining or sentimentalizing the action.
More importantly, the fifth part of “The Red Fist Saga” sets a challenge for what is to come. So often, Daredevil has felt like he’s on the fringes of the Marvel Universe and on the outside looking in. However, he could find himself at the center of the drama in the not too distant future. Plus, the promise of a fight with the Punisher should whet any reader’s appetite.
Checchetto’s art shines in the action-packed pages of Reckless #5. Online work is hectic and energized as all the fights come to life in flashy fashion. There’s also something appealing about the innovative way Checchetto and the creative team capture fights in the dark using a minimalist pencil style to illustrate what Daredevil sees. It’s a direct contrast to previous versions that used the crimson intensified radar focus. At this point, what else can be said about Wilson’s phenomenal color work that hasn’t been said before? The colorist’s work is one of the series’ most defining characteristics, and it’s hard to imagine any other style that complements the art or story quite like Wilson’s brooding palette.
Reckless #5 is a beautiful and exciting show for readers to enjoy. The series continues to go from strength to strength and continues to be unafraid to rock the boat. Like any good comic, it also leaves the reader excited to see what happens next, ending with a cliffhanger that will leave fans eager for the next issue.