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Daredevil by Mark Waid, Vol. 1 Hardcover – February 26, 2013

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Product Details

  • Series: Daredevil (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (February 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785168060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785168065
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bruno M on March 1, 2013
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Daredevil By Mark Waid Vol. 1 HC collects:

- Daredevil #1 to 10 and 10.1 (2011 series)
- Amazing Spider-Man #677

The extras include 14 pages worth of material:
- Spotlight interview with author Mark Waid.
- Paolo Rivera sketchbook full of original pencil pages and creative process demonstrations.

* * * * * OVERVIEW * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Following the critically acclaimed runs of Brian Bendis and Ed Brubaker that pushed Daredevil to edges we haven't experienced since the Frank Miller days, and after the ill-fated Andy Diggle run that unsuccesfully tried to take Matt Murdock even further, comes Mark Waid. So what does Mark Waid do? Exactly the opposite!

I'll admit that I was at first reluctant to the idea of a light and carefree Daredevil, as I'm very much used to a gritty and hardboiled hero. But Waid manages to deliver an incredibly fresh take on the character, and while on the surface this Matt Murdock may seem like an easygoing do-gooder, he remains at his core as complex and intense as we know and love him.

Mark Waid takes Daredevil to new territories, pairing him up against unusual adversaries like Spot, mega-criminal organizations AIM and Hydra, and two particular Marvel villains that I won't mention to avoid spoilers. I really can't praise Waid's efforts enough: he reminds us once more why he's such an essential contemporary comic-book author.

* * * * * ABOUT THE ART * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

The art is truly amazing, mainly featuring the talents of Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin, as well as Kano, Khoi Pham and Emma Rios. Rivera and Martin are incredibly accomplished artists and storytellers, giving not only life and vision but also design to Waid's scripts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kwan H. Chin on May 12, 2013
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Bought it for my son and he really enjoy it. The paper is good quality and the color is very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mikael on June 25, 2013
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this book is a great deal the story in artwork are fantastic. this is probably the tied for my favorite Marvel now book with Hawkeye. The book is of good construction decent paper weigh on the pages. The cover artwork with the dust jacket off is incredible also
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What a great release from Marvel, it's just a shame that we have to wait so long for this.

The hardcover book comes a little bit oversized from your regular monthly comics. The paper is also a lot nicer that comes in a smooth shiny type, It looks really classy. As you can see I'm not very good at describing things so please go to other reviewers who do this in a much better way.

I'm new to comics, only got into them a few years ago so I can't compare this Daredevil series to the ones in the past but all I can say is that this is a great release, a wonderful story in a great package. I missed out on the first 24 or so issues of Mark Waids run so this was a perfect edition for me. If only they could release these Hardcover editions a lot quicker, just like the standard trade edition.

If time is not an issue than I highly endorse this Hardcover edition over the standard trades. And what if you have all the issues that are included in this release? Well.....that's a hard one and and it's something that you have to think about hard. There are special features in this release that aren't included in the individual issues, but then again you do lose the Letters page.

But if you don't have any issues then it's a no brainier. Get it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Moreno on May 9, 2013
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Having read the Guardian Devil from Kevin Smith, and only heard from the pretty grim runs by Bendis and Brubaker, I'd normally come to expect darkness and death from Daredevil. Not the case here, but what I got is really, REALLY awesome.

To keep it short and concise, the plot and dialogue is fun and well-paced, with definite voices and motivations for each character. Exactly what one would expect from Mark Waid.

The art is amazing, both Rivera and Martin bring something different to the table, with clean lines and the precise amount of detail on every single panel. The inking and coloring also help to bring the quality to astonishing levels.

And just to clarify, this Oversized Hardcover includes the content of the first two TPBs, released last year, but in an overall better package (considering that the pagesize is roughly the same as in the Omnibus line), with some added extras in the end.

To put it simple, if you are in a mood for fun, smart, and gorgeous comic book stories, pick it up ASAP!
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Pros
+Writing is amazing
+Art is spectacular
+Brings Daredevil out of his depression that he had some trouble shaking
+Embraces the more "out there" parts of Daredevils History

Cons
-Literally nothing wrong with this book
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben Martin on July 30, 2014
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I probably would have enjoyed this more if the art had been better. I'm not a fan of Rivera's art at all, which includes the first three issues. The Martin stuff was better, but I didn't like the look of the villain, Bruiser, who looked like a cross between a luchador and a NASCAR driver with all the logos on his outfit. And I really didn't like how the representatives of each of the five "megacrime" organizations were just faceless goons who generally serve as cannon fodder for heroes. That felt really lazy and lessened the importance of the role they were playing. If this information they were after was so important, why send an anonymous foot soldier to do the job?

After the dark, gritty style from the days of Frank Miller, Alex Maleev and Michael Lark during the runs that I fell for this character, this didn't really hold up.

The story itself is good, even if we see Daredevil's personality take a 180 from the past few years. One could argue that's how one might react to a demonic possession, but I'm no expert on the subject. We do see here the start of a storyline that would run through the title for a while, so this is a good place to pick up if you want to get current on Daredevil. Personally, I bought the first five (paperback) volumes of Waid's run, and I likely won't continue with it.
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