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"
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.
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.
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:
During the Bendis run, Matt met and married a woman named Milla Donovan. She is blind like Matt and their shared disability served as an immediate point of connection.
In the Brubaker run, a villain from DD's past named Mr. Fear poisoned Milla with a toxin that caused paranoia and delusions. The damage became permanent and Milla was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for care.
In the arc titled Lady Bullseye, a new villain is brought into play. She uses Matt's damaged relationship with Milla as a tool to coerce Matt to take the reigns of the ninja organization known as The Hand. Matt refused, so Lady Bullseye had to resort to plan B.
In the final arc of Brubaker's run, Lady Bullseye approaches Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin, to take over the hand. In what turns out to be a major game of lies and deceit, Matt's personal life is completely shattered. His relationship with his best friend, Foggy Nelson, is damaged and Matt Murdock is fired from Nelson and Murdock. His extra-marital relationship with Dakota North is also compromised and Matt is left with no remaining ties to New York City or Hell's Kitchen.
Matt accepts the role as leader of The Hand.
That is where the story will pick up next month with the new creative team.