- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics (November 26, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0871352974
- ISBN-13: 978-0871352972
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daredevil Legends Vol. II: Born Again Paperback – November 26, 2001
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As a collection, this book succeeds on so many levels. Miller's technique of using internal monologue to insightfully reveal the characters is now much imitated but was revolutionary in those days. Its skillful use underlines here the terrible isolation of Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Wilson Fisk/Kingpin. In the first chapter, "Apocalypse", the Kingpin learns that Matt Murdock is Daredevil and systematically deconstructs Murdock's professional, financial and personal life. Kingpin reflects that Murdock is "an efficacious opponent...Still I am not satisfied...I should leave him to the misery that awaits him. I must deny myself the exquisite pleasure of a killing stroke..."
Later, as Matt Murdock retrieves his Daredevil costume from the rubble of his destroyed apartment, Murdock thinks, "I never would have connected it to you. Nothing about it said gangster --- until this. It was a nice piece of work, Kingpin. You shouldn't have signed it."
Later still, in "Pariah!", the Kingpin arranges for an "accident" for Murdock. Weeks later, the crime scene is discovered but to the Kingpin's consternation "There is no corpse. There is no corpse." The man he thought he'd murdered is alive. "And I ----I have shown him...that a man without hope...is a man without fear."
Miller's pacing is breathtaking.Read more ›
This is the quintessential Daredevil story. Here he contends with the Kingpin, who is catapulted from his early days in Spider-Man comics to the elite of Marvel evil. The story opens with the Kingpin learning Daredevil's secret identity as Matt Murdoch (the blind attorney). It is not enough to merely kill him, though, so he begins the process of systematically destroying Matt's life. When that is done he arranges Matt's death, disgracing him even further, and Kingpin's victory is complete. But only then does he realize he hasn't won at all.
Someone once said that the measure of a hero is in the strength of his villains. After reading this there will be no question that Daredevil is one of the best heroes in Marvel comics. His rise from defeat is as stirring as anything I've read in comics, and I've read a lot, believe me. And I don't imagine many female readers could see this and not come away with the impression that DD would make a better boyfriend than most other superheroes.
David Mazzuchelli, not Frank Miller, handles the art in this comic, but I don't think you'll be disappointed. Miller's art is great but can be a bit too stylistic. Mazzuchelli is more of a classic comic book artist, and he knows how to draw a fight.
On a side note, Miller wrote the best Batman story and here gives us the best Daredevil. But he also gives us, in this volume, the best portrayal of Captain America I've ever seen. (Cap's best line ever: "He wears the flag." Read it and you'll understand. And remember, DD can't see colors!)
This is definitely one of my five favorite comic book stories (along with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, Squadron Supreme, and the Alan Moore Supreme issues). I cannot recommend this highly enough.
Frank Miller's writing and David Mazzucchelli's art are career bests in this eight-issue story. Like so many great superhero stories of the modern era, this one interrogates a fundamental aspect of the comic book tradition - namely, what would happen if a hero's worst enemy discovered their secret identity?
The story is laden with Frank Miller's usual grit, but this feels integral to the story, rather than tacked on. In the hands of other comic book writers, themes such as prostitution, destitution, pornography, drug addiction and US military intervention abroad are often used to give superficial stories a faux-profundity. But in `Born Again' these themes are served well, and not wallowed in any more than they need to be - Matt Murdock, Karen Page and Ben Urich may be sent to Hell in the story, but all three are then redeemed. The blossoming romance of Foggy Nelson and Murdock's ex Glori O'Breen is a corrective to all the misery as well.
As well as being Daredevil's finest moment, this is also the Kingpin's. No artist has made the Kingpin's bulk look more imposing than Mazzucchelli does, whether big baldie is seen on a yacht at sunset, in his trademark suit, working out with weights, or sitting in a sauna. Another beautiful artistic touch is that several issues of the story open with a page showing Matt Murdock waking up, each one a snapshot of the state of his life at that point.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Prefect description, perfect transaction not to mention the greatest daredevil story ever toldPublished 15 months ago by Gary T.
Just as everyone's saying, this book is a must have if you are a fan of Daredevil, want to know more about Daredevil, or even if you are just a casual fan of comic books. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Andy Marlinata
Matt Murdock's ex, Karen Page, sells out Murdock's secret identity as Daredevil to the Kingpin for an armful of junk and Murdock soon finds his life destroyed... Read more
For the longest time I didn't even know this comic existed. I'd been a fan of Frank Miller, read his first run on Daredevil (being quite impressed), and even read his more obscure... Read morePublished on May 18, 2011 by A. Parham
This is without doubt one of the best comics ever written. The combination of writing complemented by the artwork here raises this comic to that of iconic masterpiece. Read morePublished on November 4, 2009 by danny boy
Daredevil is involved in a personal war with the Kingpin. Said crimelord is getting pretty sick of the horned guy, and sets out to ruthlessly destroy him, one piece of his life at... Read morePublished on September 2, 2007 by average
Many people may be more familiar with the name Frank Miller nowadays with the film versions of his graphic novels "Sin City"Frank Miller's Complete Sin City Library and "300"300... Read morePublished on April 10, 2007 by John Upton
This is as a good a Daredevil story as I've read and the first time I read it, I was blown away by the story and characters. Read morePublished on February 9, 2007 by lawgiver4feh