However, Matt survived the ordeal after falling into the sewers below. He washed up on a riverbank, where he feebly asked a passerby to find Father Lantom. Battered and near-death, Matt was taken to the orphanage he grew up in.
Matt, now a physical wreck and unable to use his powers due to a damaged eardrum, believed God had forsaken him. Growing more bitter and depressed, Matt argued with Sister Maggie – who, like Father Lantom, had cared for him at the orphanage as a boy – about his true purpose, with Matt despairing that he was no longer able to be God’s warrior. As his hearing improved, Lantom believed that sparring with a boxer might bring Matt’s spirits back. It worked at first, but after getting hit in the head, Matt lost his hearing again and spiraled.
Heading out onto the streets to stop crime in a variation of his old black outfit and mask, Matt thwarted thugs trying to kidnap and kill an Armenian real estate tycoon. While successful, Matt also gave into suicidal tendencies, asking the thugs to put him out of his misery when they overpowered him. Police sirens chased them off and Matt decided he could only be Daredevil now. Matt Murdock, as a person, no longer existed to him.
Hearing that Fisk had been released from prison after cutting a deal with the FBI, Matt infiltrated the hotel that served as Fisk’s prison-penthouse with designs on killing him. Matt, in a fragile mental state, argued with an imaginary Fisk over whether or not he’d actually break a commandment and murder his longtime foe.
Deciding against it, Matt approached Foggy in a bar and revealed to him that he was still alive. Matt warned Foggy to stay away from Fisk, knowing he and Karen would also be working hard to send Fisk back to prison. He then told Foggy he was no longer the friend he knew, no longer Matt Murdock, and picked Foggy’s pocket to obtain his Law ID so he could pretend to be Foggy during a trip to Rikers Island prison.
At Rikers, Matt tracked down the head of the Armenian mob in an attempt to figure out why Fisk, as part of his deal, had ratted them out to the feds. While there, Matt discovered Fisk controlled a large portion of the prison’s security and inmates, as he barely survived both an assassination attempt and a full scale riot. Before leaving, Matt learned Fisk’s entire plan to become an FBI informant was staged from the beginning and that the inmate who’d attacked Fisk was paid to do so by Fisk.
Escaping the riot, but succumbing to a knock-out drug he’d been laced with, Matt awoke in a speeding cab to find that the driver worked for Fisk. The driver jumped from the cab, letting the vehicle careen into the river. Matt escaped the sinking car, making his way to see Karen – who knew he was alive, thanks to Foggy -- to ask her for help in tracking down the inmate Fisk had paid off. His relationship with Karen and Foggy now strained, Matt agreed to help them both by turning himself into the FBI for questioning in exchange for the feds listening to the witness, Jasper Evans, reveal Fisk’s plans.
At the New York Bulletin offices, with the feds on their way to speak to both Matt and Jasper, an assassin wearing Daredevil’s red costume – FBI Agent Ben Poindexter – attacked the offices, killing several reporters and Jasper. Matt attempted to stop him but was bested by Poindexter’s formidable fighting skills and expert acumen at throwing projectiles.
Matt, wounded from his fight with Poindexter, returned to the Clinton Church where he overheard Maggie confessing she was actually his real mother. Angry that Maggie and Lantom allow him to think he was an orphan after his father was killed, Matt stormed off. Focusing on the fake Daredevil, Matt tracked down Melvin Potter, realizing Fisk would have used him to make Poindexter’s suit. It was all a trap, with Melvin having been intimidated into setting Matt up to take the fall as the “killer Daredevil.” With the FBI on their way, Matt battled Melvin, and then the two of them fended off the agents. Matt got away clean, but Melvin was arrested. Matt then begrudgingly warned Betsy, the woman Melvin loved, about Fisk going after her too.
Now set on ending Fisk’s reign once and for all, Matt broke into his penthouse with the intention of killing him. Had it not been for Karen being in danger and Matt hearing that Fisk was sending FBI agents to kill her back at the Clinton Church, Matt would have murdered Fisk. Arriving at the church, Matt once again fought Poindexter in an attempt to save Karen’s life. Lantom leapt in front of a billy club Poindexter intended for Karen, saving her but sacrificing his own life. He died from his injuries, begging Matt for forgiveness in a whisper only Matt could hear. Matt and Karen then faced Poindexter together and stopped his onslaught.
After Foggy and the NYPD’s Brett Mahoney helped Karen escape the church by keeping her away from the corrupt FBI agents working for Fisk, Matt, Karen, and Foggy came up with a plan to take Fisk down legally, having realized that Agent Ray Nadeem – who was only working for Fisk due to blackmail – was ready to turn on him. Matt went to Nadeem’s house that night, just in time to help Nadeem stop an attack from Fisk’s hired hitmen. Nadeem agreed to testify the next day. Matt helped Nadeem get to the courthouse, with the two of them teaming up to take down armed Fisk assassins. However, Nadeem’s confession failed because Fisk was able to rig the system – and the jury – from afar.
Matt, now desperate to do things his way by killing Fisk, found out that Fisk had manipulated Poindexter into his service. Matt showed Poindexter that Fisk had murdered the woman he saw as his guiding light, Julie, so that Fisk himself could take over as his mentor. As a result, Poindexter wanted bloody revenge on Fisk, and Matt used Poindexter’s warpath and security clearance to get back up into Fisk’s penthouse, where Fisk was celebrating a rooftop wedding with Vanessa.
In a three-man battle, Matt, Fisk, and Poindexter all fought, while Matt tried to keep Poindexter from killing Vanessa out of vengeance for Julie. Fisk defeated Poindexter, breaking his back, but Matt then physically bested Fisk. With his enemy at his mercy, Matt decided he could not and would not kill Fisk. Instead, he blackmailed Fisk, convincing him to willingly go back to prison and to cease all threats against Karen and Foggy – and to keep Matt’s identity as Daredevil a secret – in order to protect Vanessa from being taken down for her participation in Fisk’s crimes.
Soon after, Matt attended the funeral for Father Lantom, where he made peace with Sister Maggie. Now in a better state of mind than he had been in quite a while, Matt fully reconciled with Karen and Foggy and the three of them discussed the idea of reforming their law firm with Karen now as the firm’s lead investigator and third partner.