In the latest issue of Marvel Comics’ Daredevil, Matt Murdock has no choice but to go to war with the Punisher, the new High Slayer of The Hand.

Warning! This post contains SPOILERS for Daredevil #7In the latest issue of Marvel Comics’ daredevilMatthew Murdock has no choice but to pit his newly formed army against The Hand and the Punishes, their new High Slayer. After reviving the ancient rival order known as The Fist, Daredevil and Elektra are the king and queen of their new army, largely compromised by the supercriminals they recently broke out of prison. However, the Punisher has forced Daredevil’s hand in this new issue, and their supernatural war is about to begin in earnest.


In the new Daredevil #7 from Chip Zdarsky, Rafael de Latorre and Marco Checchetto, Daredevil allows the mercenary known as Bullet to leave his island complex while offering a home should he ever need one. However, Bullet and his son were both taken by the hand and used as bait, daring Daredevil and his forces to face the Punisher in battle. Despite wanting more time to train and help his followers on their respective paths to redemption, Daredevil and Elektra have no choice but to go to war with Frank Castle.

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Daredevil has no choice but to fight the Punisher

Dardevil's Army vs Punisher and The Hand

While Daredevil has prepared his fist for war, it’s clear he didn’t expect the conflict to come so soon. However, that doesn’t mean he isn’t ready. Thanks to following the rituals of the Fist, Daredevil’s strength and senses have all been supernaturally enhanced as well as those of his followers. The same also applies to the Punisher, who has been chosen by the Beast as its preferred servant. While Frank has some serious issues with his hand, he believes that he can ultimately use his ninjas as a force for good to rid the world of all criminals. It should also be noted that the Hand has revived his wife in exchange for his service as well.

Daredevil and the Punisher couldn’t be more adversaries in the current Marvel Universe. Daredevil is disillusioned with the traditional legal systems and now wants to redeem criminals in his belief that they can change when given the chance. In contrast, the Punisher sees all criminals as irredeemable scum to be exterminated. Likewise, they both have more power and resources than they’ve ever had before. After all, it’s not every day that Matt Murdock and Frank Castle have entire armies behind them.

While the upcoming battle will likely be the first of many, it will mark the first time the First and Hand have clashed in the modern Marvel universe. With a child’s life hanging in the balance, we hope Daredevil and his forces have what it takes to repel Punishes and his ninja clan in the coming troubles. Daredevil #7 is on sale now from Marvel Comics.

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