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Daredevil by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson Omnibus (v. 1) Hardcover – March 21, 2007

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 840 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (March 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785123431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123439
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 8.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,195,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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IF you want to see what comic book superheroes CAN be this is a good place to look.
Andrew Fish
The binding is sewn, the print quality is great, and the colors pop in a way that these comics haven't seen before.
Henry Kaye
I am a Miller fan...I Wasn't a Daredevil Fan until buying "Born Again" when I Seen Franks name on there.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Schulze on May 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm not gonna try to sell you on this book 'cause if you're looking at it you're already a Frank Miller fan. So... before I purchased this book I wanted to know what issues were contained therein! Above there are claimes this book contains DD issues #158 thru #191; this is only sort of true...

This most wonderful book ACTUALLY contains:

Daredevil #158 - 161 and #163 - 191 as well as the DD story from

What If...? #34!

Cool bonuses are: ALL of Franks DD trade paperback reprint covers, thumbnails and color guides for issue #190, a new introduction and an 1981 interview w/ Frank and Klaus,Frank's DD page from Fantastic Four Roast #1, AND Frank's intries from the Offcial Handbook of the Marvel Universe!

You know you want it True Beliver!

'Nuff said!
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Southern on March 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you enjoyed 300, Sin City and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, witness where Frank Miller got his start. Collecting Miller's historic, early 1980's run, the Daredevil Omnibus presents one of the greatest examples of serialized superhero comics. While the collection starts off slowly, it quickly build up steam with the introduction of Elektra, through the clashes with Bullseye and culminating with the conflict against the Kingpin.
Along with inker, embellisher, penciller and colorist Klaus Janson, Frank Miller created one of the greatest runs in this character's history, perhaps even overshadowing Stan Lee, Bill Everett and Wally Wood's work from the sixties. This may be the only example where character was so successfully reinvented, surpassing even what these great creators had done before. Miller's style and design mature significantly as the issues progress, while the stories change from standard Marvel fare to the first modern day "crime comic". Further, the recoloring (seemingly based on the original palate) brings vibrant new life to this run.
Additionally, the Omnibus contains an extensive interview, Miller's pencil breakdowns and Janson's colorguides for issue 190, giving a rare glimpse into the creative process. A steal at twice the price.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on December 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The 2013 reprint of Frank Miller's Daredevil features a sewn-binding, which is an improvement over the first printing. Unfortunately it suffers from some poor decisions by the publisher. The cover material while looking very sharp because of the cool DD artwork being printed directly on it, is actually quite prone to scratches and shelfware. The paper is the new cheaper, thin paperstock Marvel started using earlier this year for its omnibus line--I'm not a fan of it. Worst of all is Marvel once again used the re-colored versions of these isues. Fans who bought these books off the spinner racks will notice the new computerized coloring right away. While not as bad as the coloring on the Neal Adams Batman series, seeing Miller's Daredevil printed in computerized gradients of red and orange was very disappointing.

The stories written by Miller are quite good and showcase some of the best Daredevil stories of not only the 1980s, but of all time. If Marvel had taken greater care in the actual craftsmanship of this omnibus, I would have easily rated this book 5 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam B. on January 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
As I got into comics relatively recently (in my 20s, I am now 26), Daredevil quickly became one of my favorites, as even more than Batman, his history has been one of unforgiving tragedy (heck, even his power is at the cost one of our most valuable senses). He has a strongly knit supporting cast, great rogues, and romances that don't feel quite so forced (and therefore insulting of the audience's intelligence).

However, as a modern reader, I always hesitate to dive into many of the early 80s story lines in comics (and Miller has started to go crazy in his age), as far too many have not aged well despite their constant recommendations by longtime fans.

But finally, after reading all of the modern runs I wanted more and gave in. Note that I actually read these stories contained here in another collection before ultimately buying the omnibus, and surprisingly they hold up well. These stories legitimized villains which would later become mainstays of the series. Bullseye, the Gladiator, and the Kingpin were all improved upon here and their existences justified. The lethal love interest of DD, Elektra, was debuted here, and has been a mainstay ever is easy to see why when reading this collection.

However, my favorite arc in this collection comes from an earlier arc in which Ben Urich is investigating Daredevil. The pacing is perfect and every character feels three dimensional, and this storyline just flows so well from his journalistic viewpoint, so much so that it seems to have been borrowed for DD stories to come by many other writers. Despite this being a good set of stories, there is some seriously dated material here: Stiltman should have never existed, and his appearance here does nothing to change that.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By El Director Mysterioso on May 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In the early 80's, Frank Miller took a tired, lost superhero with low sales and proceeded to reinvent crime comics forever. Dispatching with the standard superhero sensibilty and owing a great debt to Will Eisner's The Spirit, Miller created a new milieu in which the flaws of both Daredevil and his alter ego, Matt Murdock were write large, his supporting cast was fleshed out and his gallery of villians expanded to include ninjas and gangsters.

Along the way, the typical hero-villan confrontations became wrought with far greater emotion than had been previously shown. And, yes, the violence quotient was ratcheted up exponentially.

These stories famously became the basis for the Daredevil movie but here they are in their definitive form. The hardcover collection has all of Miller's Daredevil output from the early 80s. In them, you can see the pre-cursor for Miller's own Sin City. Additionally, Miller's pencils were never better than here. Unlike his future efforts, the style does not overwhlem the substance here. His pencils and Klaus Janson's inks mesh in a manner that occurs only a few times in comics history, joining the great penciller-inker teams like Kirby/Sinnot, Swan/Anderson and Byrne/Austin.

The only minus: it does not include the final portion of Miller's DD output: the classic "Born Again" series he wrote in the mid-80s simultaneously with another little thing he was working on called "The Dark Knight Returns". However, that's carping. This is meant to show Miller's work on the monthly when he was expected to write it forever. Of course, that never happens. But, at least we'll always have this omnibus to remind us of what was...

Oh, yeah, and there's also Elektra!!!!!!!!!
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Frank Miller is one of the seminal creative talents who sparked the current gigantic sub-industry of motion pictures featuring comic book- initiated product. A sub-industry which had become a super-industry. This most profitable aspect of this millennium's film production, now producing an annual flow of box office profits in the Billions of dollars, was launched when Frank Miller's graphic novel re-take on the classic comic book hero, Batman, resulted in an entertainment industry-wide reconsideration of the genre in the deeper and darker vision Miller brought to it.

Miller re-defined the presentation of comic book characters and heroic fiction with his grand-daddy of graphic novels, "The Dark Knight." This revolutionary work
not only kicked off the series of Batman films based on his redefinition, but a craze for such material that has thrown dozens of such heroes into multiple film franchise heaven. Certainly chief among these has been Miller's uniquely classical take on superheroic narrative, "300," and his "Sin City" books, each of which entered motion pictures with historic successes, and each now in Miller's creative phase of achieving its highly-anticipated sequel. Miller's co-direction of "Sin City" has made him one of the hottest
directors... as well as a guiding creative force...for the new genre. Or one might say "super genre."

Miller's latest graphic novel, Holy Terror, is his first original graphic novel in ten years. Join The Fixer, a brand new, hard-edged hero as he battles terror in the inaugural release from Legendary Comics.

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