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Why Daredevil Is My New Favourite Superhero
Who Would Believe In A Blind Superhero?
When I first started reading comics again (in my mid 30's), Daredevil did not seem like the type of character I would be interested in. I mean, a blind superhero? Who could believe that right? So, predictably I went for Batman, although to be fair, he had been responsible for me rediscovering comics.
Anyway, I went straight for the Frank Miller Batman stories and loved them. So on my next visit to the comic shop I began looking not just for Batman, but also for other work by Frank Miller. This led me of course to Daredevil along with a couple of other titles. I enjoyed them all and these stories sparked enough interest for me to look for some other stories. Around the same time I had been reading some of the Loeb and Sale Batman stories which I had really enjoyed, so when I found out they had written some Daredevil this work was added straight to my want list.
I eventually tracked down a copy of their book and again really enjoyed it. I was then browsing the shelves of my local comic book store when I saw a Daredevil mini-series called ‘End of Days’ It looked interesting so I grabbed a copy of issue one and loved it! The writing was excellent but the Art work was so different and eyecatching. It became the book I looked forward to each month for the eight issues of the storyline and made me just want to read more Daredevil, so I added the main Daredevil title to my pull list. Again I loved this book too. It was interesting, funny and colourful and made me want more.
Anyway, since then Daredevil has become my main collecting focus, for Trade Paper backs, new comics and back issues. I am slowly building a collection of Volume one, two and three and am constantly on the lookout for a quality Daredevil Statue or action figure to add to my shelves.
Anyway here are some of my favourite stories, characters and writers from the Daredevil I have read so far. I admit there is still a lot I haven’t read, so if you are a fan and notice a glaring omission, please let me know!
Daredevil: End of Days
This tells the story of Daredevil's final days, as the title suggests. An old Daredevil returns to Hell's Kitchen after being away for years, only to be killed very publicly and brutally in the middle of the street. The story is about how Daredevil's final word leads a Daily Bugle reporter to search for the truth about where Daredevil went and why he returns.
The story includes several appearances by favourite characters as the reporter searches for the truth, meanwhile there are several sightings of a mysterious figure lurking in the shadows who bears a resemblance to the fallen hero.
This is a story full of twists and turns written magnificently by experienced Daredevil writers Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, and drawn in the distinctive watercolour style of Bill Sienkiewicz, along with art from Alex Maleev and The fantastic Klaus Janson. The story that really earned Daredevil the top spot in my list of favourite Superheroes. Highly recommended.
Did You Know?
Apparently the chemical spill that caused Daredevil to go blind and develop his powers also created some other heroes that are now more famous? According to the creators of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the chemicals are the cause of the mutations that created these now world famous characters!
The 'Daredevil: Yellow' Trade Paperback
This book is part of a series of Books by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, each telling stories about a major Marvel character, with a colour themed title across six single comic issues. The series includes, 'Spider-man: Blue', 'Hulk: Grey' and 'Daredevil: Yellow'. All these titles have been released in trade paper back form. A 'Captain America: White' title was also planned but only one issue was released.
The Yellow in the title references the fact that to begin with, Daredevil wore a yellow suit, which only lasted for six issues. This story basically explains why he switched from the yellow suit to the more famous red suit in the form of a flashback with appearances from some villains, his Father and one of his most well known love interests.
It is a great read from a well established team, who have worked together on a number of other great Superhero stories, notably the Batman stories 'The Long Halloween' and 'Hush'. I highly recommend this book to any comic book fan.
A interesting modern version of Daredevil's origin story.
Did You Also Know?
Daredevil is also partly responsible for the creation of the world's most famous superhero team. The Avengers were created to fill a printing gap created by the first issue of Daredevil running late!
Mark Waid's Daredevil
Mark Waid has been writing Daredevil for a number of years now and it is easy to see why he has been allowed such a long run on the book. His stories have been engaging, and entertaining with a touch of humour, while showing a lot of the human side of the main character. He wrote the all of daredevil Volume three and has continued on the book into volume four.
This is the first book I read when I return from the comic book store and as long as Waid remains on the book, the book I am least likely to drop from my pull list.
His work is collected in a number of trade paperbacks, or for the more committed comic collector, many of the back issues will still be available in comic stores. It is worth noting however that volume three does contain the first appearance of the Superior Spiderman so can be a little more expensive.
Volume four sees Daredevil move from his traditional Hell's Kitchen home to San Francisco as a result of Matt Murdoch being unable to practise law in his home state. This sees him coming to terms with an unfamiliar city scape and some unfamiliar foes. I have thoroughly enjoyed Waid's work and I hope he continues on the book for many years to come.
A Great Daredevil Story
The Frank Miller Daredevil Stories
No article on Daredevil would be complete without a mention of Frank Miller and his work on the character both as an artist and a writer. When he first started working on the book as an artist, Daredevil was not doing well, however it was not until Miller took over writing duties that this began to change. Miller introduced the iconic character of Elektra and along with artwork from Klaus Jansen produced some memorable story lines, most notably the story of Elektra's death.
Miller's work was outstanding as usual and is essential reading for anyone wanting to get into Daredevil. There are a number of collected volumes available from most good comic book stores including 'Born Again', 'Visionaries', 'Marked For Death' and 'Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Jansen' which is collected into three volumes.
There are numerous other Daredevil stories I should mention, including Kevin Smith's run that began volume two and some stories by David Mack including 'Parts of a Hole'. All these titles are worth a read.
Who Would Win?
I love Batman and Daredevil, but who would win in a fight between them?
Kingpin - (Wilson Fisk) A powerful crime lord and regular adversary of Daredevil.
Bullseye - Deadly assassin with most projectiles, rarely misses.
Purple Man - (Zebediah Killgrave) Purple hair and skin due to chemical accident. Can command other humans to perform his will.
The Owl - (Leland Owlsley) Super Villain who is able to fly due to scientific experiment with 'Super Hero"
Stilt-Man - Powerful extended legs and bullet proof armour