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Daredevil: The Thread Without Fear

LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
edited September 2010 in Graphic Violence
Daredevil is my favorite superhero and I feel that its high time he gets the recognition that he deserves. Welcome to the Thread Without Fear.

Why do I like Daredevil so much? Because he is the underdog of superheroes. He's a blind dude with extraordinary super senses. He lost his sight in a freak chemical spill which left him blinded and at the same time heightened his other senses to incredible levels. He also has radar, which doesn't get used very much in modern comics but is pretty freakin' cool.

Daredevil's origin story can be read in many different tellings. It is one of the most told origin stories in all of superhero comics. My personal favorite two are Frank Miller's "The Man Without Fear" and Jeph Loeb's "Daredevil: Yellow"

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On a powers level, Daredevil is fairly weak. He has no super strength or special combat abilities. He's just a guy who has spent a lot of time training and studying martial arts. The thing that gives Daredevil his edge is his senses. He can hear heartbeats, smell perspiration, and sense even the slightest change in a person's demeanor, which allows him to read his opponents and predict their moves.

Daredevil is crazy. He's a blind guy who runs and jumps on rooftops, swings with his roped billy clubs, and isn't afraid to stand up to any foe, no matter the odds. Daredevil has fought the Hulk, one on one. Did he win? No. But he stood up to him when nobody else was around to do so.

Daredevil also has the most interesting (and complicated!) love life of any hero. Period. Between his psycho assassin girlfriend Elektra, to dating super-spy Black Widow, to his long and tragic romance with his secretary turned porn-star Karen Page, to his fling with Echo, the deaf Native American who wants to kill him, to his most recent marriage to Milla Donovan, Daredevil's personal life has been all over the map. And I'm sure I've forgotten some.

Back in 1998, Marvel relaunched the Daredevil comic as part of its Marvel Knights line, and it was by far the most successful of all the MK brand comics.

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Relaunched by Kevin Smith, the story started out dark and has remained so ever since. Daredevil is not a happy comic. It is full of much pain and sorrow as the story follows the very tragic life of Matt Murdock.

Brian Michael Bendis wrote Daredevil for a good long while, and Marvel has recently released an Omnibus of the Bendis run. Volume 1 is currently available with more volumes to come. Bendis' run takes Daredevil from a post-Karen Page Matt, through him defeating his arch nemesis the Kingpin and declaring himself as the new King of Hells Kitchen to Matt getting publicly outed and eventually thrown into jail.

Matt Murdock is a lawyer by day, and hero by night. Scattered throughout the comics can be found some brilliant courtroom scenes and legal elements. It isn't always spandex and superpowers. Many of Daredevil's greatest battles have been fought in a courtroom.


UPDATE 08/20/09

Daredevil has just reached its 500th issue. As Marvel has done with several of its other books recently, it has converted the issue numbers from the relaunch to its total lifetime number. Issue 500 is on newstands at this time and contains the end of the final Brubaker arc, titled "The Return of the King."

Starting next month in issue 501, a new creative team will take over the book. It will be written by Andy Diggle and illustrated by Roberto De La Torre. Everyone should be reading Daredevil because it is the best superhero comic there is, and now is a great chance to jump on board.

New creative team, new story arc begins next month on 09/09/09.


Here is a huge spoiler to summarize what's been going on in Daredevil:
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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    the Bendis/Maleev Daredevil is better than the Frank Miller stuff


    there, I said it.

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  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I plan to pick this up monthly starting with Lady Bullseye.

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  • Caveman PawsCaveman Paws Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I don't know how but Daredevil has some of the most amazing cover art I've seen (One of my fav's is in the OP, try and guess which one!).

    This thread is going places, big places, big fearless places.

  • Desktop HippieDesktop Hippie totally sane in the AsylumRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    "Cruel and Unusual" was a bloody good story. All of Brubaker's run has been awesome.

    Someone mentioned a run on Daredevil that had heavy religious overtones and had Matt living in a Church for a bit. Anyone ever hear of this or know who wrote it?

  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    that would be the Frank Miller stuff

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  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Guardian Devil?

    Edit: Oh okay nevermind

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  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Guardian Devil does have a fight in a church. Its the final showdown between him and Bullseye.

    Also, in the DD movie he fights in a church.

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  • jeddy leejeddy lee Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Hmmm... my interest is piqued. If I wanted to get some good stuff in Trades, what should I get?

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  • Desktop HippieDesktop Hippie totally sane in the AsylumRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Lucascraft wrote:
    Daredevil has fought the Hulk, one on one.

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    Believe it or not, that was my introduction to Daredevil!

  • Caveman PawsCaveman Paws Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Lucascraft wrote:
    Daredevil has fought the Hulk, one on one.

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    Believe it or not, that was my introduction to Daredevil!

    I can't believe I -remember- that episode! I was so excited when I read in TV Guide that Daredevil was going to be on the Hulk! And then... wtf that guy looks nothing like DD!

    It was still cool though.

  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    jack eddy wrote: »
    Hmmm... my interest is piqued. If I wanted to get some good stuff in Trades, what should I get?

    Get the Bendis omnibus that just came out!

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  • Desktop HippieDesktop Hippie totally sane in the AsylumRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Zeromus wrote: »
    jack eddy wrote: »
    Hmmm... my interest is piqued. If I wanted to get some good stuff in Trades, what should I get?

    Get the Bendis omnibus that just came out!

    And then get both trades of The Devil: Inside and Out. It is absolutely fantastic.

  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    jack eddy wrote: »
    Hmmm... my interest is piqued. If I wanted to get some good stuff in Trades, what should I get?

    I would personally start with Daredevil Yellow. Its a good primer. Another option would be to just jump right into the Marvel Knights run and get Guardian Devil, which collects issues 1-8 which are Kevin Smith's issues. As a general warning though, Kevin Smith is super wordy. There's a ton of text in the first book. However, its very good and is an excellent story.


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    Believe it or not, that was my introduction to Daredevil!

    Lol Hippie I haven't even seen that. The particular instance I was talking about was in an old issue I read of my roommates in college. I can't recall the issue number now, or where exactly its from. But he fought the Hulk and ended up in the hospital with a few broken ribs. And Steve Rogers came to visit him. It was cool issue because it showed that DD has the admiration of the big hitters.

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  • Desktop HippieDesktop Hippie totally sane in the AsylumRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Lucascraft wrote:
    Daredevil has fought the Hulk, one on one.

    Believe it or not, that was my introduction to Daredevil!

    I can't believe I -remember- that episode! I was so excited when I read in TV Guide that Daredevil was going to be on the Hulk! And then... wtf that guy looks nothing like DD!

    It was still cool though.

    Well I didn't know any better, so I thought it was great. I like that they tried to show his radar sense too.

  • Caveman PawsCaveman Paws Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Lucascraft wrote:
    Daredevil has fought the Hulk, one on one.

    Believe it or not, that was my introduction to Daredevil!

    I can't believe I -remember- that episode! I was so excited when I read in TV Guide that Daredevil was going to be on the Hulk! And then... wtf that guy looks nothing like DD!

    It was still cool though.

    Well I didn't know any better, so I thought it was great. I like that they tried to show his radar sense too.

    DD was handled pretty well in the episode but as a kid I was all about appearences. If they didn't look -exactly- like the comic I was all pouty. I'm still that way sadly. :(

  • wirehead26wirehead26 Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I have all of Brubakers current Daredevil in tpb, and I was lucky enough to get the entire Bendis Daredevil run when my comic shop was having a huge sale on back issues. Also I plan on getting the 10th anniversary Kevin Smith Daredevil hardcover next week. Which only leaves me with both David Mack stories I'm missing(issues 9-15 and 51-55 I think) and the Bob Gale story.

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  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The first David Mack story is pretty good. Its the one where Echo is first introduced. The second David Mack story also features Echo, but its pretty crappy. It is easily skippable and isn't really about Daredevil at all. It seems like filler to me.

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    It actually was filler, it was supposed to be a standalone Echo miniseries but they put in Daredevil to fill a gap in the schedule

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  • Desktop HippieDesktop Hippie totally sane in the AsylumRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Lucascraft wrote: »
    The first David Mack story is pretty good. Its the one where Echo is first introduced.

    'Parts of a Hole' - I read it and quite liked it but good golly is it weird.

  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    jack eddy wrote: »
    Hmmm... my interest is piqued. If I wanted to get some good stuff in Trades, what should I get?
    Stuff by Bendis.

    Best extended run on a major superhero in recent memory, perhaps.

  • ServoServo Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited September 2008
    Daredevil also has the most interesting (and complicated!) love life of any hero. Period. Between his psycho assassin girlfriend Elektra, to dating super-spy Black Widow, to his long and tragic romance with his secretary turned porn-star Karen Page, to his fling with Echo, the deaf Native American who wants to kill him, to his most recent marriage to Milla Donovan, Daredevil's personal life has been all over the map. And I'm sure I've forgotten some.
    it's also worth noting that a lot of the time these chicks end up dead

    edit- thus contributing to his Catholic Guilt

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  • ManonvonSuperockManonvonSuperock Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    It sucks the hardbacks of bendis' run went out of print. I really want to read it, and absolutely hate omnibuses.

  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    the only Frank Miller stuff I own is all the singles of Man Without Fear that I bought when they came out.

    they still pale into comparison with a certain issue involving a certain robot and a certain stick.

  • frayfray Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    jack eddy wrote: »
    Hmmm... my interest is piqued. If I wanted to get some good stuff in Trades, what should I get?

    Everything. Miller, Bendis, Brubaker... you might need a second mortgage or something to afford it all, but it'll be worth it.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    So who did the run where he carved up Bullseye's forehead? I really enjoyed it but can't remember who it was.

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  • ServoServo Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited September 2008
    that was toward the end of bendis' run. i think it was in the "king of hell's kitchen" arc.

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  • A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I believe you are right. I need to pick that up.

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  • AngryAngry Slang Pope Breakbeat MinisterRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    daredevil's dismantling of bullseye was a pretty great moment.

    i have the entirety of of bendis's run and brubaker along with guardian devil, born again and yellow. i really should pick up the hard cover omnibus of frank millers stuff sitting at the shop.

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  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    My opinion is that the entire MK run (even after they dropped the MK label) has been outstanding. From issue 1-112 that they are on now, the story has never been bad. The only weak point is the "Echo: Vision Quest" David Mack run that we discussed earlier in this thread. It was 4 issues of filler story about Echo and don't really even feature DD. But the rest of the run has been outstanding.

    And the handoff from Bendis/Maleev to Brubaker/Lark was perfect. One of the best creative team transitions I've ever seen.

    I will admit right now that I've only been collecting DD myself for a few years. I started my issues on #71 which was the beginning of the Decalogue story arc. The bold and somewhat unconventional cover art is what drew me to the book. One of my college roommates was also a big DD fan, and I read everything he had. He collected the MK books from 1-35 plus he had issues of FM's Man Without Fear, and he also had the Tree of Knowledge arc and a few other random arcs. I devoured everything he had.

    I've since picked up trades of the MK run from 1-70, so I have the complete story all the way through current. At some point (when I'm rich) I'd like to get back issues of the entire MK run and anything else I can get my hands on.

    Oh and I also have Daredevil Father in issue form as well as the Battlin' Jack mini-series.

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  • Desktop HippieDesktop Hippie totally sane in the AsylumRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
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    Yes, Truly Matt Murdock is the greatest hero.

  • ServoServo Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited September 2008
    kids can be quite annoying, though.

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  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
  • ServoServo Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited September 2008
    a man's gotta protect his secret identity somehow

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  • Toji SuzuharaToji Suzuhara Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    My favorite thing about Daredevil is that Matt Murdock pretends that he can't see, even though he can "see" better than everyone else. Then people treat him like he's a harmless blind man. It's so beautifully unethical, especially for a lawyer.

    There were 4 or 5 issues before Bendis took over that had really questionable art and a story that read like it was taken from before the relaunch. I don't think they've collected them, but I consider it a tiny, tiny blemish on a wonderful relaunch. (I don't know what else to call it since it relaunched forever ago, but whatever.)

    I have the six Smith/Mack/Benids hardcovers, and I wish they'd make hardcovers of the Brubaker run, because they really are great. I think they're my most cherished comics.

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  • HtownHtown Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    The thing about Daredevil is that I have read almost nothing with him in it. I know the comics are good, but they've been good for such a very long time that there's a mountain of stuff to read if I want to get into DD.

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  • AccualtAccualt Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    DD is my number one hero, maybe number two behind Cyclops I can really never decide. Even though it would probably have been horrible I wish they had put out the DD video game.
    There were 4 or 5 issues before Bendis took over that had really questionable art and a story that read like it was taken from before the relaunch. I don't think they've collected them, but I consider it a tiny, tiny blemish on a wonderful relaunch. (I don't know what else to call it since it relaunched forever ago, but whatever.)

    I'm still upset they didn't put those out in a trade because I would love to read it. My MK run just feels incomplete, even though I have every TPB they've released, since they didn't include that story.

  • ServoServo Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited September 2008
    accualt, i got a question for you- do you wear glasses?

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  • AccualtAccualt Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I do.

    I know the game looks bad but I don't care. I buy all things DD.

  • Robos A Go GoRobos A Go Go Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    It looked kind of like those Playstation 1 games, only with a strange rail-sliding mechanic.

  • LucascraftLucascraft Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Accualt wrote: »
    There were 4 or 5 issues before Bendis took over that had really questionable art and a story that read like it was taken from before the relaunch. I don't think they've collected them, but I consider it a tiny, tiny blemish on a wonderful relaunch. (I don't know what else to call it since it relaunched forever ago, but whatever.)

    I'm still upset they didn't put those out in a trade because I would love to read it. My MK run just feels incomplete, even though I have every TPB they've released, since they didn't include that story.


    Do you remember what this story is called or any details about it? I just looked at my first few trades and sure enough, there's a gap between the "Wake Up" storyline that was Bendis/Mack and "Underboss" that starts the Bendis/Maleev run.

    I know I've read the issues at some point because my roomie had all of the first 35 issues, but now that I try to remember it, I can't.

    By chance is that the run where Spider Man covers for Daredevil in the courtroom? Matt Murdock goes to trial as DD's defense lawyer and Peter Parker is wearing his costume?

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