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Marvel has reprinted the Frank Miller issues of DD in 3 volumes. The first volume shipped November 2000, and the second volume shipped in April 2001. The third volume shipped November 2001. Volume 1 reprints #158-161, 163-167. Miller provides the cover and an introduction. Volume 2 reprints #168-182. Diana Schutz provides the introduction. Volume 3 reprints #183-191, along with two 'What If?' stories and the Elektra Bizarre Adventures story. Graphitti Designs produced limited hardcovers of all 3 volumes. The regular edition of Daredevil Visionaries: Kevin Smith tpb reprints Daredevil #1-8 of Volume 2, in softcover. There is a hardcover edition from Graphitti Designs which includes a CD-ROM and is signed by Smith, Quesada and Palmiotti.
Five stars for this collection of very decent Daredevil stories is more a tip of the hat to an historic moment in comic history than it is to the actual contents. Without the work of Frank Miller represented in this exact book, you would never have seen a Daredevil movie, guaranteed! For a few years before Miller took over the art chores of the Daredevil comic back in the very late 70's, it was a second tier (maybe third) Marvel title and was on the verge of imminent cancellation. The stories and villains had been so lame for so long that the book was on sale bi-monthly and was ready for the ax. That is, until Marvel gave a promising young artist named Frank Miller a shot at the title and it quickly turned into the (STILL) heavyweight champion of comics. It simply doesn't get much better than Frank Miller's work on Daredevil. This collection features Miller as an artist rather than a writer as his own stories don't appear until Visionaries Volume 2. And what an artist. Back in the day, the gritty realism and innovative design work accentuated by the inking of Klaus Janson rocked all of us young comic geeks to our collective bones. Quickly evolving from standard comic fare to eye popping visuals, Miller began establishing himself as a cornerstone of modern comic creators. While Miller's amazing art style dominated the page and quickly won him a shot at writing the title, the scribe of the stories in this volume was the current DD writer of the day Roger McKenzie. When Miller turned up the art a few thousand notches, McKenzie answered back with some great writing of his own. McKenzie gets lost in the shuffle and often gets no credit, but as these stories attest, it was he who was a key figure in establishing a number of things Miller used so well in his run on the series.Read more ›
If there was ever a reason to read Daredevil, Frank Miller is it. While this book is only the very beginnings of Frank's writing career, it still sparks with brilliance. Frank Miller hit the scene back in the late 70's as one of the hottest new artists of the time. His first work that made people notice was on Daredevil. These issues were collected in Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Volume One, but as hot as his art was (for the time) it wouldn't be until he started writing that he would turn the comic industry upside down. In 1980, Frank Miller wrote (and drew) his first issue of Daredevil at the same time introducing fans to what would become the most popular Daredevil character ever, Elektra. He gave Matt Murdock, the comic worlds most swinging bachelor, a love interest fans actually cared about and at the same time made her his most mortal enemy. Then he did the unthinkable (especially in Marvel comics); he killed her. Frank Miller's early run on Daredevil in the early 80's continues to be a monumental milestone in the comics medium to this day. Certainly, the writing is not as well crafted or refined as what we would find in his later acheivements (Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, or any Sin City series), but that is to be expected. This is his first work, and on top of that, the 70's had only just ended. But one fact remains. No one has ever done Daredevil better. Not before. Not since.
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This first collected edition of Frank Miller's (The Dark Knight Returns) brilliant run on Daredevil features some of the best storytelling to come out of Marvel in years, and the best Daredevil storyline to ever be published. Collecting all the classic issues that let readers read their favorite blind vigilante tangling with his arch nemesis the Kingpin of crime, the insane assassin Bullseye, and the mysterious group known as The Hand. But Miller's run was most notable for the introduction of Elektra: the beautiful assassin who was the love of Matt Murdock's life, and the tragic enemy of Daredevil. Miller's writing gave the Daredevil/Matt Murdock character more depth than he had ever had before, and the fact that when a new character is introduced (Elektra) and dispatched not long after and the reader actually cares, that in itself is a milestone in the comic biz, especially Marvel Comics. The showdown between Elektra and Bullseye gives me chills to this day when I read his dialog; I'm still surprised the comic was printed way back when considering the comic code. The art may turn off some readers, but it manages to grow on you (just like Miller's art on Dark Knight Returns). All these years later and all the writers and artists that have come and gone like Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, Kevin Smith, Joe Quesada, John Romita Jr., and others (regardless of how great work they all did on the character), it is Frank Miller's which still remains the best. The mega budget feature film which starred Ben Affleck was mainly based off the events from these issues, and if you enjoyed the film than you should definitely pick this up.
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