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Essential Daredevil, Vol. 2 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – June 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785114629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785114628
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. Nevertheless: Having begun his career with wartime Timely Comics and staying the course throughout the Atlas era, Stan the Man made comic-book history with Fantastic Four #1, harbinger of a bold new perspective in story writing that endures to this day. With some of the industry's greatest artists, he introduced hero after hero in Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more -- forming a shared universe for rival publishers to measure themselves against. After an almost literal lifetime of writing and editing, Lee entered new entertainment fields and earned Marvel one opportunity after another. He remains one of Marvel's best-known public representatives.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
To be clear on what book we are talking about here, this is Volume 2 of "The Essential Daredevil," which collects not only issues #26-48 and Special #1 of "Daredevil: The Man Without Fear!" but also issue #73 of "The Fantastic Four." The addition of this last story is great because it completes the story line from "Daredevil" #37-38 where Doctor Doom switches bodies with Daredevil so that he can attack the FF. That trio of stories is pretty much the high point of this collection so being able to read the entire story without cursing because Volume 3 of "The Essential Fantastic Four" ended about a year short of issue #73 is a good thing.

"Daredevil" finally became a hot comic book when Frank Miller took over as the artist, but I always liked the character from early on. In fact, "Daredevil" was the second Marvel superhero comic book I started reading after "Spider-Man" (the very first, for the record, was "Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos"). One thing I liked was the fact that Daredevil's alter ego, Matt Murdock, was a lawyer, an aspect that I thought they should have played up a lot more in the comic book over the years. Then there was the fact that I always liked Gene Colan's artwork and in "The Essential Daredevil, Volume 2" he is the book's artist, while Stan Lee continues with the scripting chores.

There are some major developments for the cast of characters in these issues. Having created a fake brother, Mike Murdock, to be Daredevil while Matt continues to be the blind lawyer, but eventually "Mike" gets killed (#41). Then there are the episodes where Daredevil ends up really being blind (#30-32), just to put DD through the wringer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Luciano on February 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Daredevil Volume 2 is a really good volume. Its great to see Doctor Doom and The Jester fight Daredevil. There aren't many problems with the book and there are plenty of other characters that show up. I found the Mike Murdock story to be laughable and extremely cheesy. I would say that it looked dated but I think it was odd even back then. The Mike Murdock story actually reminded me of a Sliver Age DC Storyline. The Daredevil special is also very good and overall the book is very nice.
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The "Essential" series from Marvel is a very cost effective way to go back to the beginnings of some of your favorite characters. Of course, most comic fans would prefer color, instead of the black and white version of these volumes, but their is simply not a better priced option available.

DC Comics has issued several of its most cherished characters in color formats, and Marvel would be wise to follow suit. However, there is much more content in the Marvel "Essentials" and that's what makes them special.
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By Adam on September 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
Ol' Hornhead returns for another 20+ Adventures. This book collects Daredevil #26-#48 as well as Special #1 and Fantastic Four #73 which provides an ending to a story arch begun in the Daredevil magazine.

Overall, I thought Daredevil took a couple steps forward both in the stories and as a character.

The art of Gene Colan is absolutely stunning throughout. Some of the full page pictures look good enough to frame and the black and white really brings that out.

Perhaps, the most controversial aspect of the book is the presence of Mike Murdoch, Matt Murdoch's invented twin brother. Many fans have panned the contrivance as "annoying". I actually kind of liked him. More to the point, I think it was a psychological twist. Being seen as a "helpless blind man" is clearly maddening to Matt Murdoch. As Mike, he can simply have fun, be himself, and not have to live with that stigma. He can be fun and fancy free. Mike Murdoch "died" officially after several issues of disuse, so I appear to be in the minority on that.

I also liked that the over-used "love triangle" between Foggy, Karen, and Matt was abandoned with just a Matt-Karen love interest/conflict being enough.

The biggest weakness with these early Daredevil stories is without a doubt, the villains. Daredevil Special #1 featured a team up of Daredevil's greatest early villains as the Emissaries of Evil. It was an obvious attempt to give Daredevil his own version of Spider-man's Sinister Six and it was just sad (particularly with the Matador making the team). However, thinks looked up considerably for Daredevil when he faced off against a couple of old Fantastic Four enemies with the Trapster in issues #35-#36, and Dr.
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