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|Length: 231 pages||Grade Level: 8 - 17|
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- File Size : 214558 KB
- Publication Date : January 20, 2010
- Print Length : 231 pages
- Publisher : Marvel (January 20, 2010)
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- ASIN : B00GDHWA5W
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #486,661 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Daredevil: Born Again is one for the feels. When Kingpin learns of Daredevil's secret identity, he sets out to destroy Matt's life. And.... succeeds. Matt spirals into a pit of depression and madness and must find his way back out in order to save the city he loves.
Born Again was dark and emotional. Many of the major characters are featured here, but with a focus on "real" people and not costumed ones. I like the change. I'm a fan of investigating both sides of superheroes and wish that more time was dedicated in other comics to show what their "normal" lives were like. But I digress.
There isn't much I can say about this story, not because I don't wish to give anything away, but because it's not something that's easily told. Graphic novels function in a very visible way and can't always be described with only words, so I'm struggling to articulate.
What I can say is this: if you're a fan of Daredevil, whether from the comics or the show, you'll very much enjoy this story. It's a must read for any Daredevil fan, and very good even if he's not your favorite.
Miller was no longer doing the artwork, and just focused upon the writing. His style had changed. In 1979 when he originally took over the series he adopted his predecessor’s hard-boiled writing style. He quickly gave that up and went minimalist focusing upon big fight scenes and the drawings in each issue. This collection starts with issue #226 and he not only brought back some hard-boiled writing, but turned these issues into a psychological thriller.
The story is driven by four characters. First, Karen Page, Matt Murdock’s former lover who is in Mexico strung out on drugs and sells Daredevil’s secret identity for a fix. She then tries to make up for her betrayal. The information about DD/Murdock ends up in the hands of the Kingpin who successfully destroys him. Third, Murdock descends into the depths becoming homeless and derelict. Fourth, reporter Ben Urlich is trying to save Murdock from the Kingpin, but is threatened by the mob boss and becomes paralyzed by fear as a result. This is all a really incredible story and perhaps one of the best things Miller penned.
The storyline has a second act as Murdock returns to be Daredevil and fights a crazed super soldier manipulated by the Kingpin called Nuke.
There’s just one major drawback to this collection. The drawings are done by David Mazzucchelli. His pictures in the first couple issues are fine, but then they decline with softer and softer lines in the middle before going back up in quality.
Mazzucchelli's art here is pretty awesome. I read this collection on an iPad, so I really noticed his talent for building momentum across panels, be it physical or emotional. I liked his work here more than I did in Batman: Year One, actually.
On a frugality note, the content lasted me several hours, so - comparatively - the collection is worth the buy when compared to other volumes which offer less for a bigger price tag.
Highly recommend for anyone debating whether or not they should get this book.
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The story, Matt Murdock's life falls apart after his identity is betrayed to Wilson Fisk, is compelling and does a great job of conveying how difficult life for the little people on the ground can still be in a world of gods and men in flying suits of armour. Indeed, as with the series, the antics of the Avengers don't really matter that much for most who still have to go through the daily 9-5 grind.
It also does a terrific job of utilising the C-list Captain America villain Nuke, who should have been kept around longer in the Netflix portion of the MCU. And Miller's turning of The Kingpin from a joke Spider Man villain into an A-list Marvel monster is a joy.
The story is wrapped up a little too quickly and Miller's portrayal of women as either whores or saints, but all in need of a man to save them, might rankle. Karen Page is nothing more than a victim in this story, a far cry from the battered but determined and resourceful survivor of the Netflix show.
All in all though, a terrific story.
And was I disappointed with my premiere venture into Daredevil’s comic series. Hell no! (forgive the pun).
The story is deep and dark and a total deconstruction of the character, taking everything away from him, turning Matt Murdock crazy. The writing was so well done that I think it’s be considered a literary masterpiece.
The art was, likewise, brilliant, giving a real dark undertone. There was a nice addition of Captain America in the last issue, and Nuke as in the last two issues. I wasn’t as much a fan of Nuke being in, but that being said, his inclusion wasn’t all too bad.
The Trade Paperback itself is great quality. It’s got everything in it, the complete arc, with an extra issue just before the arc stars , Issue #226, in the back, which is a nice touch. As I mentioned, it’s in the back, so if you’re wondering why the first issue is #227, that’s why.
Overall, a great book for someone to begin reading Daredevil. I recommend watching the TV show first just to get the basic information, who Matt is, who the Kingpin is, Daredevil’s powers and etc. Or just go onto a Wikipedia page. But a must-read for any Daredevil fan or just any Marvel fan.