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Daredevil Legends Vol. II: Born Again Paperback – November 26, 2001

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Product Details

  • 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: #1,232,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Ramos on October 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
My first read of "Born Again" was in installments --- it was the last time I can remember feverishly waiting for my favorite comics to arrive each month. This was 1985. From that point forward, all comics that approach this level of script and art can pay nothing but homage to Miller and Mazzucchelli. Most attempts have been but poor imitation; the truly good ones must acknowledge their indebtedness to this collaboration.

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.
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Format: Paperback
I read all the glowing reviews for Kevin Smith's Daredevil (Daredevil Visionaries Vol. V) and felt compelled to write. Make no mistake, everyone; this is what Kevin Smith tried so desperately, and failed so completely, to imitate.
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.
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Now that the Daredevil feature film is out - and it's got some great moments, but suffers from cramming years of much comic book continuity into 90 minutes of action with a nu-metal soundtrack - it's well worth revisiting this, the greatest Daredevil story ever told.
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.
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