- 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 (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,998,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daredevil by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson Omnibus (v. 1) Hardcover – March 21, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
A long bit of history as an introduction, I know, but here's what you need to understand, and why it relates to this book: when Daredevil first came about, it was during an explosion of creativity at Marvel that saw all these heroes explode on the scene. But while many thrived in the decade to come, by the late 1970's, Daredevil was on the verge of cancellation. The books weren't selling, and no one really cared about the character. It seemed "Ole Horn Head" was nearing his demise. Enter Frank Miller. Miller began as a penciller on DD, and within 10 issues, began writing the character, with the amazing Klaus Janson inking. What they did next revived the character, and left an imprint on comics that would last for decades to come.
What Miller and Janson did that I feel was most important was that they transitioned DD away from being a superhero book, into more of a neo-noir crime drama.Read more ›
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 since...it 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The standard-bearer when it comes to Daredevil. This run of comics made Daredevil what he is today.Published 5 months ago by r_duke
It does not get any better than this. This in my humble opinion is why I like comic books. This is the gold standards of all other books. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Feed my mind
I was surprised on how good this was. I don't want to go too detailed, because I would like people to read it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ruben lugo