Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: In The Debate Over Daredevil’s Guilty Plea, #WeStandWithDaredevil

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In 'Daredevil' (2021) #28, Daredevil feels guilty for prosecuting Neil Rivate in prison.
In ‘Daredevil’ (2021) #28, Daredevil feels guilty for prosecuting Neil Rivate in prison. AP Photo/Marvel Comics
Universe

Earth-616.

Heroes

Daredevil, Elektra Natchios.

Villains

Mayor Wilson Fisk, Mary Walker.

Creators

Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto.

IN REDEMPTION

#WESTANDWITHDAREDEVIL AND THE INCARCERATED

In ‘Daredevil’ (2021) #25, Daredevil accepts responsibility for his actions. Previously, Daredevil killed a man and is now serving a two-year term for manslaughter. In appearance, Daredevil’s act is meant as an example for other superheroes. In ‘Daredevil (2021) #24, the hero pled guilty because of Elektra’s bid for Hell’s Kitchen. Successfully, Elektra won the bid for Hell’s Kitchen with the money she stole from the Stromwyns.

With the assurance that Hell Kitcken’s is safe, Daredevil accepted responsibility for his actions. Though The Man Without Fear has proven time and again his commitment for justice. At the same time, Daredevil has shown he struggles with the morality of his actions. Nevertheless, #WeStandWithDaredevil and the incarcerated. Furthermore, we commend his example to hold superheroes accountable for their actions.

In 'Daredevil' (2021) #25, Daredevil serves a two-year sentence for manslaughter in order to serve as an example to Hell's Kitchen and superheroes.
In ‘Daredevil’ (2021) #25, Daredevil serves a two-year sentence for manslaughter in order to serve as an example to Hell’s Kitchen and superheroes. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

DAREDEVIL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR NEIL RIVATE’S DEATH IN PRISON

According to online debate, Neil Rivate’s death is Daredevil’s reckoning. Serving his two-year sentence, Daredevil befriends Neil Rivate. Later, Daredevil protects the smaller Neil in the shower from three inmates. The following day, his therapist Doctor Hayes summons him. Tragically, the hero finds out Neil was found dead in his cell from suicide. Unfortunately, Daredevil feels responsible for the death since he put him into prison. However, Doctor Hayes states Spider-Man is the one who apprehended Neil.

In “Supreme” (2017), Matt Murdock successfully argued for superheroes to be a legal identity. Hence, they could testify in court. During that time, Matt changed from a defense to a prosecution attorney. No longer the champion of the oppressed, Matt prosecuted ciminals, including Neil. Thanks to a new law by the Supreme Court, Daredevil was granted legal status. When Daredevil was prosecuted for his crime, his secret identity was protected by his cowl. Nevertheless, as Daredevil or Matt Murdock, the hero has not stopped fighting for justice.

In 'Daredevil' (2021) #28, Daredevil feels guilty for prosecuting Neil Rivate in prison.
In ‘Daredevil’ (2021) #28, Daredevil feels guilty for prosecuting Neil Rivate in prison. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

AGAINST DD: RECKONING FOR SWITCHING TO PROSECUTION OF CRIMINALS

In "Supreme" (2017) Matt Murdock changes from defense to prosecution.
In “Supreme” (2017), Matt Murdock changes from defense to prosecution. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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FOR DD: SUPERHEROES FINALLY GRANTED A LEGAL IDENTITY

Moving forward, Daredevil’s prison term can be a positive example. Essentially, with his trial, other superheroes may be granted legal identity. Importantly, this helps protect their civilian identity, friends, families and loved ones.

Furthermore, it may eventually help solve the problem of collateral damage. In a sense, property damage and losses of lives can hold superheroes and villains more financially liable. Similarly, Juggernaut‘s attempt at reformation addressed the matter in his series.

In "Supreme" (2017) Matt Murdock changes from defense to prosecution.
In “Supreme” (2017), Matt Murdock changes from defense to prosecution. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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SOURCES

Daredevil Vol 6 28 in Marvel Database.
Daredevil Vol 6 25 in Marvel Database.
Daredevil Vol 6 24 in Marvel Database.
Daredevil’s Most Controversial Twist Is Finally Being Called Out in ScreenRant.
Daredevil: Matt Murdock Saved His Identity With a Court Case in CBR.com.
Juggernaut Vol 3 (2020–2021) in Marvel Database.

Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: In The Debate Over “Identity Crisis,” #WeStandWithZatanna And Team Flash

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In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light.
In ‘Identity Crisis’ (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light. AP Photo/DC Comics
Official Name

Identity Crisis.

Universe

New Earth.

Heroes

Justice League of America.

Villains

Jean Loring, Doctor Light, Deathstroke, Captain Boomerang, Merlyn, The Calculator.

Creators

Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales, Michael Bair, Alex Sinclair, Ken Lopez, Mike Carlin, Valerie D’Orazio.

IN REDEMPTION

#WESTANDWITHZATANNA AND VICTIMS OF RAPE

In “Identity Crisis,” the JLA is faced with an ethical question. Indeed, the rape and the murder mystery of Sue Dibny drove deep wounds within the superhero community. Without a doubt, the Elongated Man’s wife was beloved. Regularly, she visited the Justice League atop the Watchtower.

Because of Sue Dibny’s rape, the Justice League faced a daunting ethical problem. In addition, Doctor Light was a threat to the League and their loved ones. In order to stop the psychopath, it was going to require drastic measures. But, the JLA members who responded to Sue’s signal and took down Doctor Light were split.

In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, the JLA tackles Doctor Light.
In ‘Identity Crisis’ (2004) #2, the JLA tackles Doctor Light. AP Photo/DC Comics.

ZATANNA’S MINDWIPE THOUGH JUSTIFIED, WAS EXTREME

Divided, the JLA put the mindwipe to a vote. On one side, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and Black Canary voted against the mindwipe. On the other side, Zatanna, Hawkman and Atom voted for the mindwipe. Decisively, Flash (Barry Allen) broke the tie in favor. Without a doubt, a watershed moment in DC history that led to a breach of trust. When Zatanna lobotomized Doctor Light, Batman also arrived on the Watchtower. To prevent opposition from the Dark Knight, Zatanna also mindwiped him.

Later, during “Identity Crisis,” Batman recovered his memory of the event. Because of the breach of trust, this led to Batman creating Brother Eye to spy on the metahuman population. As Superboy-Prime argued, the heroes stopped behaving like heroes. The consequences were the Omac Project and the “Infinite Crisis.” In retaliation for Superman’s mind-control, Wonder Woman killed Maxwell Lord in cold blood.

In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light.
In ‘Identity Crisis’ (2004) #2, Zatanna lobotomizes Doctor Light. AP Photo/DC Comics

FOR ZATANNA: SUPERMAN ONCE LOBOTOMIZED MANCHESTER BLACK

In 'Action Comics' (2001) #775, Superman lobotomized Manchester Black with telescopic, x-ray and heat vision.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2001) #775, Superman lobotomized Manchester Black with telescopic, x-ray and heat vision. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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AGAINST ZATANNA: THE JLA SHOULD HAVE INCAPACITATED DOCTOR LIGHT’S POWERS

Given its intrusive nature, mindwipe is highly traumatic. Definitely, the mindwiped may end up worse off morally and personality-wise. In Batman’s case, this may explain the dark path he set upon after recovering his memory of the incident. For Doctor Light, it set him on a path to revenge. To this end, to destroy the JLA and the Teen Titans.

Later, Doctor Light accepted membership into the Secret Society of Supervillains. Certainly, it was a darker DC Universe. For its part, the JLA should have followed Green Lantern’s advice. Instead, Zatanna should have incapacitated Doctor Light’s use of his super powers. Also, to protect Sue, Doctor Light should have been sent under solitary confinement at a maximum security prison.

In 'Identity Crisis' (2004) #2, Elongated Man comforts Sue Dibny.
In ‘Identity Crisis’ (2004) #2, Elongated Man comforts Sue Dibny. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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SOURCES

Identity Crisis Vol 1 2 in DC Database.
Identity Crisis in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 1 775 in DC Database.