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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785143882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785143888
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last eleven years, Brian's books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.

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Customer Reviews

I'm happy to have these in my collection and can't wait to get Volumes 2 & 3.
DC_Fan_52
This my friends is comic book gold and storytelling awesomeness, I highly recommend you grab this and don't look back.
JR Johnson
Some might complain that the book is 'talky' with a lot of dialogue and little action, but I think it's great.
Reid Sherman

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DC_Fan_52 VINE VOICE on July 29, 2010
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As my name can attest I'm not a "Marvel Fan." I got into Daredevil when I heard about Frank Miller's character defining run from the early 80s. I loved Frank Miller's Daredevil, but wanted to find a newer Daredevil story to place besides my Frank Miller Omnibus. My search pointed me to Daredevil by Brian Michelle Bendis as the newest, greatest Daredevil writer. The only thing that was left was getting a hold of the books.

Brian Michael Bendis run on Daredevil has been released multiple times, in 9 softcover, 5 hardcovers, and 2 Omnibuses (Omnibi?). But, the hardcovers are Out of Print and the Omnibuses are ridiculously expensive. So, you might want to buy the original softcovers or just get this three-in-one collection.

This book contains Daredevil Vol. 3: Wake Up, Daredevil Vol. 4: Underboss, and Daredevil Vol. 5: Out. There will be three of these "Ultimate Volumes" in total, and I can easily tell that Bendis is setting up some stuff that he will pay off in the long run. Consider this Part 1 of a Trilogy because this sets up Daredevil's new status-quo. One thing that comes out of no-where is that the Kingpin is blind. Sometime before this book takes place, someone blinded Wilson Fisk. That said, it doesn't really bug me not knowing what happened, that's just the nature of comic book storytelling. I can roll with the punches.

The first story "Wake Up" bugged me slightly, not because of it's subject matter, but the surreal art they chose to use.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JR Johnson on October 11, 2012
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having only recently begun my descent into the world of daredevil, I was skeptical of this superhero and his red outfit being reared on the exploits of the X-Men and the goodie goodie peter parker. The blind lawyer Matt Murdoch who masquerades as daredevil is no goodie two shoes by any stretch and has a somewhat disturbing psychological profile. This particular run that Brian Michael Bendis spearheaded was top in terms of storytelling, I literally spent hours hunkered down in my bed blasting through pages of this stuff. The content can be dark and is most definitely on the bloody violent side with mafioso's vying for territory, gory assassinations and brains being swiftly escorted from their rightful domain at times. However there is room for the heart as Matt traverses the heartbreak of love both lost and gained as well as everything in between. This my friends is comic book gold and storytelling awesomeness, I highly recommend you grab this and don't look back.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cageguy on September 4, 2012
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After four decades away I decided to read a few graphic novels to see how the product has changed since the ,15 cent offerings of my youth. I was also hoping to share the better, less adult stories with my pre teen grandsons. This daredevil story (a favorite hero of mine way back) was so well told and well constructed that I couldn't put it down. What a great book. I'll be reding the next two trades from this writing team and look forward to looking at other authors as well. It seems that I'm hooked again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jfresh on April 17, 2011
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At first I wasn't a huge Daredevil fan. I have the movie to thank for that, but after reading this book my view of the hero has changed completely. Daredevil is a great hero who I really could relate to and cheer for. This first book in the series of three starts things out right. Overall it was a great read and it set things up well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reid Sherman on June 10, 2013
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I have really enjoyed a number of comic books by Brian Michael Bendis (House of M, Ultimate Spider-man), but this is probably the best. I'm not a particular fan of Daredevil as a character, but this book goes way beyond fighting bad guys in red tights.

There are 4 stories in this edition. The first is quite distinct from the others, as it is from the perspective of journalist Ben Urich, and has a very different art style from the rest of the book. It's a good story, although a bit slow, but with wonderful painted art.

The rest of the stories, especially the second and third (the ones drawn by Alex Maleev), are really more about superhero failure and neuroses than superhero heroics. Matt Murdock is suffering, and while he saves some people and stops some crime when he dresses up as Daredevil, it really comes across that Daredevil is an obsession and he'd really be better off if he gave his hobby up. His trials start to affect his judgment and moral compass, and he makes some key mistakes. It's good to see a superhero comic really explore the notion that being a superhero is a bad idea.

As well, the book gives a lot of room to other characters, like the ones in the Kingpin's crime family. Some might complain that the book is 'talky' with a lot of dialogue and little action, but I think it's great.

Many people have gushed about Alex Maleev's art. I wasn't as crazy about it as I expected when I first got to his chapters of the book, but it grew on me over time and by finishing it I saw the appeal. It's not always pretty, and certainly is not the usual style for many superhero comics, but it suits the stories, and the lighting and facial expressions, and the pacing of the panels, is superb.

Not that this book is short of praise, but in case you are at all on the fence, if you have any interest in Daredevil OR superheroes generally OR noir stories, this is one to get.
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