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About the Author

Mark Waid, Alabama native and current Los Angeles resident, has written stories for every major comic book publisher, and his seminal graphic novel, KINGDOM COME, for DC Comics, is one of the best-selling graphic novels of all time. For BOOM! Studios, he has written bestselling graphic novels POTTER'S FIELD, INCORRUPTIBLE and the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated IRREDEEMABLE. Peter Krause is an American comic book artist. He is best known for his work on various DC Comics titles, most notably the Superman-related titles and THE POWER OF SHAZAM! with Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family. Krause, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, currently works as a freelance illustrator in Minnesota.

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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (August 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785152385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785152385
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Daredevil By Mark Waid Vol. 1 HC collects:

- Daredevil #1 to 10 and 10.1 (2011 series)
- Amazing Spider-Man #677

The extras include 14 pages worth of material:
- Spotlight interview with author Mark Waid.
- Paolo Rivera sketchbook full of original pencil pages and creative process demonstrations.

* * * * * OVERVIEW * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Following the critically acclaimed runs of Brian Bendis and Ed Brubaker that pushed Daredevil to edges we haven't experienced since the Frank Miller days, and after the ill-fated Andy Diggle run that unsuccesfully tried to take Matt Murdock even further, comes Mark Waid. So what does Mark Waid do? Exactly the opposite!

I'll admit that I was at first reluctant to the idea of a light and carefree Daredevil, as I'm very much used to a gritty and hardboiled hero. But Waid manages to deliver an incredibly fresh take on the character, and while on the surface this Matt Murdock may seem like an easygoing do-gooder, he remains at his core as complex and intense as we know and love him.

Mark Waid takes Daredevil to new territories, pairing him up against unusual adversaries like Spot, mega-criminal organizations AIM and Hydra, and two particular Marvel villains that I won't mention to avoid spoilers. I really can't praise Waid's efforts enough: he reminds us once more why he's such an essential contemporary comic-book author.

* * * * * ABOUT THE ART * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

The art is truly amazing, mainly featuring the talents of Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin, as well as Kano, Khoi Pham and Emma Rios. Rivera and Martin are incredibly accomplished artists and storytellers, giving not only life and vision but also design to Waid's scripts.
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Celebrated comic book scribes have come and gone on DAREDEVIL, and call it the Frank Miller influence but they'd all pretty much bestowed ridiculous tough love on Matt Murdock. The Man Without Fear has been thru some bleak times. To quote Matt: "It has been a miserable last few years. And every time I thought I'd finally hit bottom, God somehow found me a bigger shovel."

Off the top of my head, there are two veteran comic book writers whom I absolutely respect: Ron Marz, the Top Cow's main architect who's demonstrated longevity on WITCHBLADE, and Mark Waid who's been doing big things with BOOM Studios' IRREDEEMABLE and INCORRUPTIBLE. And I loved their run over on the defunct CrossGen company. But here's Mark Waid now to kick dirt on what Frank Miller has wrought on DAREDEVIL, and maybe it's time someone did that, do away with the nonstop doom and gloom. Daredevil's fall from grace during the Shadowland arc had me wondering in what direction they would take our blind vigilante. Waid aims to let in some sunshine on Matt Murdock's corner of the universe. The result is perhaps 2011's most unexpectedly successful comic book title.

Remember those early, pre-Miller years when Daredevil actually exhibited a sunnier disposition? This was back in the day before the comic book medium got all post-modern and started focusing on depicting gritty, realistic stories. Mark Waid brings back the Silver Age sensibility. He reintroduces Daredevil's zest for life and his swashbuckling demeanor. He makes him into a more lighthearted adventurer. And so what if it's Matt Murdock purposely wallowing in self-denial? Criminy's sake, dude was just possessed by a demon and forced into performing heinous deeds. He's entitled to a break.

Matt's back in New York City, back from who knows where.
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First, speaking as a DC Comics fan, I didn't expect to actually like this book. Daredevil isn't one of those characters I consider to be an end-all, be-all of the Marvel Universe when there are more iconic characters around (Spider-Man, Hulk, Captain America, etc.). But this book took me by surprise.
Mark Waid is one of my favorite writers working today, so I naturally had to give this a shot when it came out. I haven't looked back. I'm now a regular Daredevil reader. Never thought I'd say that.
I don't want to spoil the story for you and I think it's been covered by other reviewers, I'll just put it as simply as I can: this is a great book!
It's especially great for people who might not have given Daredevil a shot before. It does contain some references to events that played out in previous story lines, but don't let that scare you off. Those events have little or nothing to do with what's happening now. This story is geared for those just getting into the Man Without Fear.
It doesn't mean this won't please long-time Daredevil fans, though. There's plenty of what made Daredevil fun and exciting pre-Frank Miller and even a little bit left over from the Miller time period. The manic depression has been sucked right out, though and replaced with something that's so much better: ACTUAL heroics.
It's not contained in this collection, but Daredevil #7 was one of the most amazing books I read last year. There's incentive to pick up the next volume.
If you like the fun of Spider-Man, but get a little tired of the self-deprecating humor or you love Batman, but don't want to be bogged down by loads of continuity or maybe you just want to find something that's both fun and thrilling all in the same place, do yourself a favor and pick this up. The price is pretty great for the hardcover edition, but if you're cheap like me, the paperback is even better on the wallet (or purse).
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