WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Daredevil #612, by Charles Soule, Phil Noto and VC’s Clayton Cowles, out now.
Daredevil #612 is the conclusion of the ominously named "Death of Daredevil" storyline, and as you read through the issue it’s clear there are major changes taking place for the Man Without Fear. Not least of these is that, with this issue, writer Charles Soule ends his run on the title. Knowing that there’s a five-issue miniseries coming in the new year, however, followed by a new Daredevil series in February 2019 (by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto), could the title be true? Does Daredevil really die?
Well, yes and no.
The start of this arc in Daredevil #609 saw Matt Murdock on the operating table, having been hit by a truck as he jumped into the road to save a young boy. It’s a chilling callback to Daredevil’s origins, as he first lost his sight (and gained his heightened senses) after saving an old man from being hit by a truck, only to then get covered in radioactive waste. Here, though, in #609, Matt gets lucky, and leaves the hotel with nothing but a cast on his arm and a warning from his friend Foggy.
Following this close call, Matt Murdock isn’t willing to wait around for the justice system to do its job when it comes to getting Kingpin out of the Mayor's office. He approaches his team of investigators and tells them enough is enough. He reveals his secret identity as Daredevil and proposes a radical, highly illegal plan to make sure Wilson Fisk is kicked out of office.
Over the issues that followed, they live up to their vigilante reputation, kidnapping Fisk’s right-hand man James Wesley and fighting against an army of Daredevil’s greatest villains, as well as the mysterious Vigil, a ninja dressed like a quasi-religious martyr.
Despite the odds, Matt Murdock and the team (including Elektra, who returned to Matt’s life and seemingly renewed their romantic relationship) bust the case wide open. They find out that the Mad Thinker was hired by Fisk to rig the Mayoral election, and the case goes to trial.
Daredevil takes the stand, as do all the heroes of the Marvel Universe who have testimony against Kingpin (which is a lot). With the evidence stacked up against him, Fisk has no option butto resign. It all seems too good to be true, and unfortunately for Daredevil, it is.