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Karen Page, Matt Murdock's former lover, has traded away the Man Without Fear's secret identity for a drug fix. Now, Daredevil must find strength as the Kingpin of Crime wastes no time taking him down as low as a human can get....

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Daredevil: Born Again Reviews

  • Alejandro
    2018-11-18 16:24

    One of the strongest stories of Marvel Comics!This Trade Paperback edition collects “Daredevil” #227-233 which is known as the “Born Again” storyline. Also as bonus includes “Daredevil” #226 which is a stand-alone story where the creative team were introduced to the title.Creative Team:Writer: Frank MillerIllustrator: David MazzucchelliA COMIC BOOK MASTERPIECEI have shown him... That a man without hope... is a man without fear.I wanted to read this storyline since some months ago when I found out about it on the magazine that Marvel Comics published to celebrate its 75th Anniversary (that includes since its age as Timely Comics) where they printed a list made by the voting from the fans choosing the 75 most popular storylines ever, by Marvel, where Born Again got the fourth place in the list, only under Kraven’s Last Hunt, Civil War and The Death of Gwen Stacy. And honestly, Born Again is so strong that it could easily got the top spot.Frank Miller did a superb writing job here, and I have read a lot of his material and believe it or not, Born Again is a product as good as The Dark Knight Returns, and taking blindly (pun intended) the quality of narrative displayed here, the use of the words, the richness in the prose, it could being considered even a better product than its distinguished competitor, but don’t get us into a messy fight that nobody would be able to win (after all, both stories are written by the same author!). Let’s just say that Born Again is, without a doubt, one of the strongest storylines ever published in the comic books’ industry.David Mazzucchelli delivered a wonderful artistic direction and while the proper artwork may be consider not as impressive as the current ones in nowadays’ comic books, definitely it’s an awesome and carefully planned job in the whole storyline to bring symmetry in key moments of each issue along with a spectacular use of angles and perspectives in the scenes.PAYING FOR THE SINS OF OTHERSIt’s not every day that you sell your soul.A woman looking for a “quick fix” in her life, provokes a long term disarray in the life of a man.Karen Page, former girlfriend of Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) and also former secretary in the legal office of Nelson and Murdock, was long gone from New York. She went after her dream to become a Hollywood star, but her dream turned into a nightmare. She ended as prostitute in some non-disclosed Mexican border town (most likely doing porn movies too) and she fell into drugs, just to complete this awful package of her life. Karen “sells” just for a measly drug shot, the real identity of Daredevil. No one can fall lower than that.The information of Daredevil’s alter ego travels fast until reaching......the hands of Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin!!!Just that is a powerful introduction to the storyline, crude, raw, real, but what the Kingpin does with the info is what makes this storyline so powerful, so great.Wilson Fisk knows that Daredevil is just a costume, you don’t destroy a costume, you destroy the man inside of it, you destroy Matt Murdock, but slowly.Instead of a typical comic book direct hasty assault towards the hero, Wilson Fisk takes his time. There is no rush. The Kingpin invests six months to plan the systematic obliteration of Matt Murdock’s life: Properties, money savings, legal license, reputation, friends, current girlfriend, physical health, mental sanity, everything has to go away, without Matt’s realization that somebody is behind of the orchestration of his personal downfall, but slowly.The downfall of a good man must be like a glass of wine, you have to savor it, but slowly.Born Again is a must-read for any Daredevil’s fan, but also a wonderful option for any fan of comic books in general, and even a great choice for any reader looking for a really good story.

  • FanboyBen
    2018-11-30 18:31

    This was good. Really good, even. Yet what’s frustrating about “Born Again” is how SO FREAKIN’ CLOSE it comes to greatness…but ultimately, in the final stretch, falls short. The first half of the arc, I would argue, is undeniably great–Frank Miller was born to write Daredevil, and the set-up of the story–which centers around the Kingpin finally learning Daredevil’s secret identity, and proceeding to make Matt Murdock’s life a complete and utter living hell–is sublimely done, especially as it’s narrated in that great, hard boiled voice that Miller nailed to perfection in the late 80s/early 90s. Which is why, when the narrative starts to go off the rails (one word: Nuke) the aftertaste it leaves is ESPECIALLY bitter: it’s like watching a virtuoso chess player spend hours meticulously arrange his chess pieces for the perfect maneuver, only to toss the whole board right as the moment of attack arrives. Am I glad I finally got around to reading “Born Again?” Definitely. Do I hope that Season 3 of the Netflix show pilfers certain elements of it? You bet. Do I think it’s one of the great Frank Miller stories, up there with the likes of 300, Sin City, and Ronin?

  • Brandon
    2018-12-04 21:31

    Daredevil’s secret identity has fallen into the hands of The Kingpin. Rather than a quick and brutal strike, Kingpin elects to take a slow, punishing measure of revenge against a man who has been a thorn in his side for years. Stripping away everything Matt Murdock holds dear, Kingpin leaves Daredevil a shell of his former self. However, a man without hope… is a man without fear.In the late 1970s, when Daredevil was on the ropes, Frank Miller took over as corner man and willed the Man Without Fear back into the fight. So in 1986, when writer Denny O’Neil was set to leave series, Marvel asked Frank if he’d be interested in returning to the character in which he had achieved tremendous success. Miller agreed but only if long time collaborator, artist David Mazzucchelli, could accompany him as the two would team up to write what many consider the definitive Daredevil story.When I read this for the first time nearly six years ago, I remember appreciating it but not being blown away by it. However, given the rising popularity of the character due to the recently released Netflix series, I thought it was time to give it another shot.The first three quarters of the story is nothing short of excellent. With Kingpin in possession of Daredevil’s secret identity, he begins a ruthless and systematic destruction of Matt Murdock’s life. The IRS freeze Matt’s accounts, the bank forecloses on his apartment and he becomes disbarred as a practicing lawyer. When Matt is at his absolute lowest point, Kingpin demolishes Matt’s apartment leaving the shredded remains of the Daredevil costume atop the rubble.While Miller isn’t credited with first exploring Daredevil’s Catholic roots, he’s definitely one of few to first use it to great effect. In Born Again, Daredevil’s “resurrection” is due in part to help from Sister Maggie, a nun within the catholic church. Throughout Murdock’s rehabilitation, Mazzucchelli produces a few excellent panels showing Matt in a number of Christ-like poses.As great as the majority of the story was, the last quarter or so involving Captain America and the patriotic villain Nuke felt like overkill. What seemed like a very intimate story involving two enemies in Daredevil and The Kingpin, exploded to include The Avengers, government conspiracies and destruction on a massive scale. It seemed like Miller tried to include too many characters and events, making what’s meant to feel like a big deal, fall flat.Over the years, Daredevil has become one of my favorite comic book characters and while Born Again is considered the measuring stick, I’d throw Kevin Smith’s Daredevil, Vol. 1: Guardian Devil up against it any day.Also posted @ Every Read Thing.

  • Donovan
    2018-11-25 20:29

    "A man without hope is a man without fear."If you're new to Daredevil then don't start with this book, go back to Frank Miller and Klaus Janson's Daredevil Visionaries Volume 2, #168-182. Then read Volume 3, #183-191. Then read this. Then read Man Without Fear. You're welcome. David Mazzucchelli is a talented and now almost forgotten illustrator. Like Batman Year One, his splash pages are incredible, his action swift and evocative, his faces realistically emotive. His style is epic, effortless, and highly dramatic. And he's one of, if not the, greatest of 80s illustrators.When I first read this I didn't get it because I had no backstory. You can't appreciate a character's downturn if you don't know who they are. After learning about Matt and Heather, Elektra, Bullseye, Kingpin, Foggy Nelson, and the politics of Hell's Kitchen, Born Again is a master stroke of grit, characterization, and drama. This is one of the greatest revenge and comeback stories I've ever read.

  • Jacob Starnes
    2018-11-18 15:33

    The first half of this story was amazing and on its own would totally be worth five stars. The forced deconstruction of Matt Murdock was heartbreaking to see, but so inspiring to watch his rebirth. Also really enjoyed seeing Ben Urich get fleshed out a bit more, kind of like Gordon in Long Halloween (still have a hard time viewing Foggy as a real character, though.) The place where this one kind of veered off the rails for me was with Nuke. That whole concept seemed ridiculous to me and got even worse when the Avengers showed up. The end of the book seems to almost drop Daredevil completely in favor of ending as a Captain America tale. That whole intervention to me felt like a cheap cop out, a deus ex machina that really held it back from getting five stars. Still definitely worth a read, though.

  • Mike
    2018-11-28 19:16

    When I saw this at the library I was excited: getting to re-read one of the definitive Marvel tales from my childhood? Definitely. I flipped through it and all the imagery came flooding back, and I started thinking this would also fuel my upcoming talk on building great storytelling experiences in modern comics. Slam dunk eh? Hell, if this is half as good as what I saw flipping through DKR, I'm gonna have to take a cold shower.And it gets underway in a hurry. Not with a bang, but with an economy of movement that resembles speed, but still lingers on each step so we know in great detail (and by explaining every move in dialogue or narration) what's happening.And so each chapter unfolds as a study in the stages of degradation that the Kingpin unleashes. Each scene being shown is less a fluid story and more a vignette, a snapshot of the effect on Matt's life and how much the Kingpin enjoys it.So about a quarter the way through this, I start to realize that Miller... isn't that great a storyteller after all. His plot ideas are stellar, and some of the set pieces are brilliant. The dialogue is all over the map though - when he boils a thought down to a one-liner, it's juicy, like "Except this day has a special glow to it. It's not every day you sell your soul." But then there's the agonizing explaining how pained Matt is to know the source of his torment, or his thoughts on who he is and how he got there. Ugh, it's a slow slog through many unnecessary words.Miller does a great revenge fantasy though. The level of viscous, brutal and damn-near sociopathic violence that is wrought upon people in this book - works absolutely brilliantly for a teenage wimp, a comic book reading need who doesn't know how to fight back against their bullies. It's amazing how much teenage me just lapped this up like a hungry feral cat - and how it *still* appeals to a primal animal inside me, decades later. Mazzuchelli's art? Services the story better than it should have. The writing elevates on the back of the art, and there's a few sequences and establishing shots that make this stand out, like the "same pose of Matt sleeping at the start of each issue". OTOH, there's the brutal ripoff of La Pieta that hits you over the head like Hacksaw Jim Duggan's two-by-four, just begging you to see how clever an artist he is. Eh, not so much by half, though admittedly comic art has stood on the shoulders of journeymen like Mazzuchelli to exceed their reach in the last 25 years.The colourist though, who takes over a few issues in? Max Scheele is the true unspoken genius of this book. He does a thing with Ben Urich's face, while the world spins around him and he listens to a horror committed over the phone...it's one of the most chilling moments of the book, and the effect only comes through with these stark, almost hellacious colour choices.In all, this book makes me understand just how much better Bendis/Maleev did this degradation story - more believable characters and motivations, more artfully and more beautifully. Should really get myself down to re-reading *that* run in a hurry.

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-11-13 19:29

    SPOILERSMatt 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 by the Kingpin's vast resources. Without a home, money, a job, and seemingly without friends, the Man Without Fear is crushed by the world spiritually and mentally and, in a desperate and hasty fight with the Kingpin, physically as well. This is the rebirth of the Daredevil... Born Again.I'm a huge fan of Frank Miller's work, not his recent blip with "Holy Terror", but the classics like "Dark Knight Returns," "Year One", and the Sin City series. "Born Again" was the only remaining major work of his I'd not read so I thought it high time to read it despite not being the biggest Daredevil fan. And I have to say it was unimpressive. It had some good moments but it felt a bit weak, underwritten, and generally uninteresting for the most part.Murdock is brought down too easily; it's hard to imagine someone being "destroyed" like Murdock is in this book so quickly as he is, even with someone as powerful as the Kingpin, without outside forces stepping in. It's also a bit too convenient to have Murdock believe the worst in his oldest friends without strong enough reason to. So his situation where his character becomes "Born Again" was a little too contrived for my liking.The side story of "Foggy" (what a name), Matt's partner in the law firm they ran, and his current girlfriend, the Irish stereotype Glorianna O'Breen was dull, as was the reporter Ben Urich's whose own story arc was too predictable. Urich is forced not to write the truth about the Kingpin in the Daily Bugle, but finds the courage when the story demands it. Timing is everything ain't it?Even Karen Page's storyline was boring. She's a heroin addict who starts the ball rolling on all of the events in the book but I just don't buy her as a real person. She's the template heroin addict, always going on about fixes and guilt, I didn't like her and felt that her story arc too was just too one dimensional.There are some good moments when Murdock/Daredevil has to fight his way back to his true self by fighting a fake Daredevil and some nationalistic psycho called Nuke, and some intrigue with the nun who nursed him back to health - is she Murdock's ma? David Mazzucchelli's art is normally top notch but I kept noticing how thick the inking was throughout which put me off. There's too much black in those panels, it dates the book and makes the pages look blotchy.Murdock is brought down too easily at the start and is brought back up at the end just as quickly so the ending feels rushed. Kingpin is defeated, you know this because he's got a frowny face and is crushing a newspaper with headlines to that effect; Murdock wins because he's walking down the street smiling with Karen on his arm - she got over her heroin addiction fast didn't see? And what about Foggy (ergh, that name again!) and Glori, and their practice? Is he back in Hell's Kitchen, starting a new law firm? Who knows, it's not explored here, the book just ends with Daredevil defeating "Nuke".Overall the book didn't suck me in like Miller's stories usually do. Daredevil is a somewhat interesting character but his world sure isn't, and neither is this book. The story feels too much like a story with the kind of literary devices that ring false when used in the ham-fisted way Miller deploys them in this book. I wish I could agree with the many reviewers here who are obviously big fans of the book but I'm sorry to say that, to me, this is one of Miller's weaker efforts.

  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    2018-11-20 18:14

    An absolute classic and revolutionary collection by Frank Miller. Came out around the same time as the masterpiece that is The Dark Knight Returns, this trade paperback will bring great joy to any Daredevil fan. The highlight lies in Miller's writing and narration. Powerful and lyrical, he doesn't fail to capture a dark moment in Daredevil's life with one of the most disastrous event that Matt Murdock would have ever imagined. I however thought the perfect execution started to slow three quarters into the book. Thing's started to become messy in plot direction, but that main storyline was gold. All fans of Daredevil shouldn't skip on this iconic volume. Born Again is a must.P.S. A full review to come in the future.Yours truly,LashaanLashaan & Trang | Bloggers and Book ReviewersOfficial blog: http://bookidote.wordpress.com

  • David Dalton
    2018-11-19 23:08

    The Best Daredevil story arc of them all!I remember reading these issues years ago when they were first published and it felt so good to re-read them in this most excellent collection. Miller's writing is fantastic. Matt Murdock goes thru hell and then redemption. I need to read this again in a few years. I never get tired of this story.

  • Andrew Webb
    2018-11-13 19:10

    As soon as I finished reading Born Again, I knew that I had finished a very special story. Not only my favorite comic book story (and I've read a few!) this seven issue run, in which the Kingpin of Crime discovers that his archenemy Daredevil is in fact the lawyer Matt Murdock, is a cantidate for my favorite work of fiction in any medium. It offers romance-- not two beautiful people falling in love because it makes a good panel to close the story with, but a ruined, homeless ex-lawyer who is reunited with his former secretary and lover, now reduced to selling pieces of her soul on a regular basis for heroin. There is a drama of redemption-- a great man who has fallen, and fights against overwhelming odds to rise again. There is action as well, and what action. Miller (who can write pain like no one else in the industry) and Mazzuchelli (among the most realistic of all comic book artists) give us fight scenes that show Daredevil not as an unbeatable force for good who destroys five bad guys in a few panels of story, but as a man who who can bleed, who could die, and who feels (and fights for) a range of emotions from anger to protectiveness to self preservation.Perhaps the element of the story which stands next to its redemptive quality as most notable is the villain. Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime, makes Matt Murdock's life a living hell in these issues. Instead of using the typical comic book villian method of putting on a costume and using super weapons or powers to attack the hero or his loved ones, Fisk instead uses his political leverage to destroy Murdock professionally and financially. As a villain who holds immense power in New York City and prefers to use that power rather than physcial force, though he is capable beating Daredevil hand to hand, Miller's take on the Kingpin makes him a cantidate for the greatest villain of all time.

  • Trang Tran (Bookidote)
    2018-11-27 18:31

    Trang reviewing a comic ?! ITS BEEN LIKE YEARS LOL Of course it had to beDaredevil. Not any ordinary volumes. This graphic novel is a must for any Daredevil Fans. Although, it picks up wayy wayy after the incidents from Netflix's show so if you don't want to get spoiled. Do not read this graphic novel hahaha. A marvelous classic and having plunged into the Marvel Universe there are familiar faces that came back in this volume and different details referencing to other series from Marvel. The action was amazing. But what STOOD UP FOR ME WAS THE WRITING. So beautiful ! Trang Tran- Book Blogger http://bookidote.wordpress.com

  • Rory Wilding
    2018-11-23 22:29

    Being one of the quintessential writers on Daredevil in the eighties, Frank Miller returned to Matt Murdock’s life in Hell’s Kitchen. Although Miller returned to the character of Daredevil in the nineties with his retelling of the origin story The Man Without Fear, Born Again feels more like a final send-off to Daredevil from one of the great pioneers of the modern comic book.Karen Page, the former secretary of the Nelson & Murdock law offices and Matt’s ex-girlfriend, is struggling with her acting career and is now a junkie, leading her to reveal Daredevil’s secret identity just for a fix. This information is passed to Wilson Fisk – the Kingpin of crime – and then the life of the attorney/vigilante starts to crumble and Daredevil is no more.At the same time working for DC with his magnificent reinvention of Batman on The Dark Knight Returns, Miller reconstructed what many would say is Marvel’s darkest superhero, in a story that marks both the end and the beginning of Murdock’s life. In classic Daredevil territory, Matt’s world is plunged into hell as he loses his job, girlfriend, home and most importantly, the costume. Most of the story consists of Matt –without the costume – descending into insanity and destitution at the hands of the Kingpin, as well as his subsequent struggle to build a new life for himself.No doubt that Matt goes rock bottom at one point as he fights the Kingpin, failing miserably of course, and as crime continues to rise, everyone Matt knows and loves becomes threatened, including Daily Bugle reporter Ben Urich who has a great subplot about his conflicted friendship with Matt. While the supporting characters are a joy to read, including Foggy’s relationship with Matt’s recent girlfriend Glorianna, at the story’s heart is the distanced bond between Matt and Karen Page, both of which are at their darkest moment and only can find peace when they’re together. This all is to help Matt regain his heroism and certainly there is a catholic redemption story in which Matt is indeed born again, while discovering that the hero within him had nothing to do with the costume, which is just the dressing-up part.Prior to working on the greatest Batman story of all-time Year One, Miller and artist David Mazzucchelli present memorable sequences – from violent action to touching character drama – that are cinematic. Certainly the return of Daredevil is a masterpiece alone as he fights the psychotically patriotic super soldier Nuke who was destroying Hell’s Kitchen. In one extraordinary sequence that indicate that this is the Marvel universe, during the aftermath of Nuke’s chaotic actions, three of the Avengers arrived: Iron Man, Thor and Captain America who have a prominent role, similar to Superman’s involvement in The Dark Knight Returns.Since Born Again, every subsequent Daredevil writer and artist has been influenced by the work that Miller and Mazzucchelli are done on what many considers to be the most quintessential Daredevil story. To quote the Kingpin: “A man without hope is a man without fear”.

  • Cheese
    2018-11-23 22:08

    Daredevil is my favourite Marvel character, if not my all time favourite comic character and this is supposed to be one of the best stories about Daredevil. There are three reasons I read this title 1. It's supposed to be frank millers best daredevil story2. It was on digital sale3. They are basing the TV show on it and I wanted to get an overview. It's quite an old story and like most of Frank millers stuff it has a lot of inner dialogue, which can become a bit tiresome if I'm honest. However, I was prepared for that as I've read most of Millers' stuff. The story starts slowly and without spoiling it, it's basically about some really downright dirty mind games between the kingpin and DD. However, this story is different from all those other times, because this is where DD loses....badly! The Kingpin is in heaven when he sees how much torture DD is in (I'd compare it to when Spider-Man quits!), but what the Kingpin sets in motion ends up causing so much damage to other people, that it really comes back to bite him. Even Captain America and the avengers become involved and Cap even breaks a few rules just to see what Kingpin has unleashed!!The story really grabbed me when Melvin Potter gets involved, good old Gladiator! It's when he gets involved later on that Daredevil comes back to life, it's a beautiful moment and it made me believe in the strength of his character.Overall, I'd say it is probably the most memorable Frank Miller DD story, but it is dated. Don't get me wrong I like reading classic comics, but by today's standards it's not perfect.

  • Checkman
    2018-12-04 15:18

    I can remember in 1980 when Frank Miller took over Daredevil. I was twelve years old and I was stunned by the changes that he implemented. Suddenly one of my favorite costumed crime-fighters had moved into the world of adult crime fiction - or so it seemed to me at the time. Back in 1980 we weren't using the term "re-boot" for such an action, but that's exactly what Miller did. Throughout the decade other characters would undergo the same treatment by Miller (Batman) and others, but Daredevil was one of the first. In 1986 when the "Born Again" storyline took place I was in my senior year of high-school and hadn't picked up a comic-book in years. However the following year I was in college and discovered that comics were changing. That was a great time for the medium. "The Watchmen", "The Darknight Returns" and others were in print and it was cool to read "graphic novels". I picked up the compilation of the "Born Again" storyline in 1988. I was impressed - very impressed. Little did I know that this was going to establish the framework for the character for the next several decades. This is still a very well done story. It's held up well and is deserving of it's status as a seminal work in comics. The atmosphere and attitude of Miller's Daredevil can be experienced in the Netfliks Daredevil series. If you haven't read this one yet I suggest you do so. It's very well done.

  • Greg
    2018-11-27 21:23

    When I was younger I remember liking this story and then getting a little bored with it. Daredevil at the time was my favorite comic book, and for seven issues, or seven months the story took a break so that Daredevil's life could be utterly destoryed. I got a little bored and wanted the good stuff to come back, but that was only because seven months is a long time when you're twelve years old (or however old I was). Re-reading this now is great. Possibly darker than Miller's Batman work that he would soon do, this is a story that doesn't seem in place anywhere in the Marvel universe at the time. My only complaint would be the returning of outside superheros towards the end of the story, Captain America and Iron man appearing doesn't fit into the feeling of story, and cheapens the gritty realism that had been so carefully laid out for five issues before their arrival.

  • أحمد
    2018-11-30 17:09

    It *is* Frank Miller. But Daredevil is *NOT* Batman!

  • Jedhua
    2018-11-27 18:25

    My Brief Bookshelf Overview: feels-realistic-or-credible, gave-up-before-finishing, grim, mature, steady-storytelling-style, unrealized-potentialOther Useful Reviews: Mike's reviewAdditional Notes: This collection contains Daredevil issues #226-233.Probable Rating (if I had finished this): {3/5 stars}When drug addict Karen Page – also a former lover of Matt's – divulges Daredevil's secret identity to the Kingpin in exchange for a fix, Matt Murdock's whole life is turned upside down, and he starts to lose his grip on reality. Although somewhat rushed, I found the premise to be very gripping and dark for an '80s comic. Although I was nearly hooked from the start, but things quickly started to lose some steam over time. But perhaps most of all, I just couldn't buy Matt's insanity; it didn't feel like a natural progression. I think I got the frustration and rage driving some of his actions, but when he started becoming suspicious of his own friends, I felt that was pushing things a little too far, too soon. Perhaps if it took two issues (rather than one) for Kingpin to lay his trap, and to show more closely Matt's reactions to his changing circumstances, it would have been more believable for me. Plus, the overly-descriptive narrations and the less-interesting side-stories helped to kill the vibe, and I eventually lost patience waiting to find out how things were resolved. And that's a shame, since – after skimming through the rest of the volume – it really looks like things pick up quite a bit by issue #231.

  • Jonny Campo
    2018-11-21 22:35

    Ok let's do this one fast ..Did I like this book? Yes but I'd say it's more like 3.5 I'll give it a four because even though I always talk bad about frank miller, I do like daredevil alot. what did I like? I liked daredevil I liked the way miller made me feel like this really happened and made me sympathize with Matt alot for losing his whole life. I felt like Kingpin was bad ass and this book was pretty dark as well especially for the 80s and has some very detailed writing *(also a con) . I really liked the art especially for an older comic and the writing was pretty decent what didn't I like ? slow pacing, non useful side story, and Jesus christ to much inner monologue and narration like for f's sake I cant understand why no one talks to anyone else ever and miller once again showed me that you can have to much detail like how a snowflake is cold like glacial waters of Alaska and beautiful as the setting sun over the pyrimds and sharp as a butchers freshly sharpen knife in the early morning and as absorbent as a shamwow lol also wish the boss fight was longer.Anywayz..do I recommend this book? Yes I do its worth a read and it's pretty decent but it is by no means the best daredevil book as I was lead to believe it was.guess that wasn't all that fast

  • Cyndi
    2018-12-04 21:06

    My first Daredevil! Great start! Onward!

  • Javier Muñoz
    2018-11-14 22:26

    Daredevil: Born Again es un arco argumental del hombre sin miedo editado a mediados de los 80 con guión de Frank Miller y dibujo de David Mazzuchelli. Está considerada como la mejor historia de Daredevil y una de las mejores historias publicadas por marvel, un clásico que a día de hoy mantiene su valor y se lee igual de agusto que hace 30 años. Born again es una historia de venganza, renacimiento y redención, con una estructura imitada mil veces en cómics posteriores, y que el propio Miller ha vuelto a emplear en sus cómics de batman,, en lobezno: honor, en sin city...La historia comienza con Karen Paige, la antigua novia de Matt Murdock, que viajó a los angeles para iniciar una carrera cinematográfica, pero todo terminó torciéndose y en la actualidad es una drogadicta... Karen desvela que Daredevil es en realidad Matt Murdock para conseguir una dosis, y esa noticia va circulando por los bajos fondos hasta llegar a los oídos de Kingpin.tras estos sucesos kingpin se toma 6 meses para preparar una encerrona a Matt Murdock, Kingpin conspira usando todos sus contactos empresariales y en el mundo del hampa para concentrar en unos días una serie de circunstancias que dejarán a Matt Murdock investigado por corrupción y evasión de impuestos, sin licencia para ejercer la abogacía e incluso con la reputación de su alter-ego en entredicho y finalmente en la calle, sin hogar ni dinero. todas estas situaciones hacen que toque fondo (view spoiler)[en el momento en que, tras deducir que el causante de todas de sus desgracias es Kingpin, le ataca en su hogar y termina recibiendo una paliza y dado por muerto (hide spoiler)].Matt Murdock, después de pasar un infierno tendrá que renacer y buscar la forma de devolverle la jugada a Kingpin, que está dispuesto a cualquier cosa con tal de acabar con Murdock.And I... I have shown him... that a man without hope.... ... is a man without fearEstructuralmente esta historia tiene dos partes bien diferenciadas, la caída en desgracia de Murdock, y tras su renacimiento, su resurgir y venganza, pero la grandeza de esta historia no reside en su estructura, ni siquiera en su argumento, sino en la forma de contarla... Miller sabe mezclar las escenas de sufrimiento de Murdock, con el nacimiento de la relación de Foggy y Glori, la caída en desgracia de uno con la felicidad del otro, mientras nos cuenta cómo Kingpin va moviendo sus hilos (y demostrando ser uno de los grandes villanos de los cómics Marvel), y los personajes secundarios (Manolis, Urich) van viviendo su parte de la historia con una gran intensidad. Todo desemboca en los dos últimos números en un gran despliegue de acción y violencia, que precipita la historia hasta un final que no es que sea sorprendente, pero si está muy bien hilado.Hablando del dibujo David Mazzuchelli nos deja una gran cantidad de viñetas para enmarcar, quizás no sea el ilustrador más virtuoso ni el mejor narrador de escenas de acción, pero si sabe imprimir el aura y el significado necesario en cada escena, dejándonos decenas de imágenes icónicas, representaciones de actitudes, sentimientos... como un buen fotógrafo sabe captar el momento adecuado en cada escena y nos sorprende página tras página con viñetas que quedarán impresas en nuestras mentes.En definitiva, un cómic que no debe faltar en cualquier colección de superhéroes, que no por ser de hace 30 años pierde su significado y que, aun siendo una historia dura deja lugar para la esperanza.

  • Hamish
    2018-12-07 23:14

    I'll never forget the first time I read this. I was an impressionable young 16 year old, recently hooked on The Dark Knight Returns, Year One, and the handful of earlier DD issues that I could inexpensively scrounge up. I sat cross-legged on the couch in the family living room, reading in rapt silence. The ending of that first issue ("...you shouldn't have signed it.") hit me so hard that I got up, shuffled around the house, shell-shocked, for several minutes, then sat down again and didn't move until I had finished the rest of the book. To this day, it remains one of the most powerful reactions I've ever had to a work a fiction, and while certainly subsequent re-reads couldn't give me that sense of shock and awe I initially received, I've never lost my admiration for Born Again, and in some ways, as a more discerning adult reader, it's increased.First thing, Miller knows how to end a fucking issue. He knows how to give you that "holy shit" moment that makes you desperate for the next part. There's the aforementioned first part, the "a man without hope is a man without fear" bit, the "hers just jumped. She's lying" shocker, but I think the real killer is the "there is no corpse" ending to issue two. It's so brilliantly paced, so perfectly laid out on the page. I've re-read it so many times that I can recite the last couple pages of that one from memory. Imagine reading this when it first came out, you had to wait a whole month for each new part!Genre fiction is a tough thing. I'm a strong believer that subject matter is mostly irrelevant to something's artistic worth, and that anything done with stylistic skill and depth is worthwhile, whether it's about detectives or Victorian high society. Unfortunately, most prose genre fiction does not shoot for depth, it goes solely for thrills. And while thrills have their place, I don't tend to find it to be artistically satisfying enough to really be worth much of my time. However, I've noticed that a large chunk of the most critically praised works of comics and film are genre pieces, which I think is because you can translate a mystery novel or a sci-fi novel or what have you into the visual world, and even if you've made no changes to the narrative substance of the work, it allows you to add a new artistic depth in the art or cinematography that was non-existent in the original.And like most genre pieces, Born Again also shoots mostly for thrills (though there is an artistic flair to the writing that put Miller far above his contemporaries), but you can feel ok about that because you get to see his vision filtered through the artistic prism of David Mazzucchelli's visuals. I make no bones about my feeling that Mazzucchelli is a genius and Born Again is, in my unqualified opinion, with the exception of the best works of Jack Kirby and Neal Adams, the best drawn of all super-hero comics. I did not get this when I was 16, and a large chunk of the reason that I've never lost my taste for this comic is because with each new re-visiting, I find something new to make me love his work even more. He is not a flashy artist, which is probably why my teenage self didn't immediately cotton to him, but he is a master craftsman. In many ways he's Miller's opposite. 'Ol Frank's strengths are in his clever and unusual layouts, but his actual draftsmanship is pretty weak (and oh god, those faces). Mazzucchelli favors more traditional layouts; his skill lies in his incredibly vivid and perfectly rendered visuals (though both artists share a wonderful eye for detail and carefully choreographed action sequences). He can capture emotions and body languages so effortlessly, he frames every panel so perfectly, he always includes just the right detail to bring it to life in your mind. Interestingly, you can see his work become less realistic and more abstract as the book progresses and he moves towards the style he would use on Year One. It's also interesting to put Born Again and Asterios Polyp side by side, because if you didn't know in advance, you would be hard-pressed to recognize them as the work of the same artist. Both are brilliant, but in very different ways.And if Frank does go for thrills, he doesn't go for simplicity that way his later work would. The pulp style prose is occasionally a bit clunky, but the imagery, the skillful weaving of themes and plots, the clever little nuances you don't pick up the first time, it's all there. He makes it all seem so easy that you could almost miss what he accomplishes here (and this actually got published! By Marvel! In 1986! It's almost hard to believe). If a large part of your enjoyment comes from the thrills, it still offers a level of depth that you wouldn't expect (and you will never see in Miller's current work). Unfortunately there's that whole Christ allegory thing, but I highly recommend you ignore that. It's very easy to do.Maybe because I've loved it for so many years and it came to me as such an impressionable age, I've lost my ability to have an even remotely objective opinion about Born Again. But as far as I'm concerned, it's one of the greatest comics of all time, made by two of the greatest comics creators of all time when they were both at the peak of their powers.

  • Octavi
    2018-11-20 23:26

    Una OBRA MAESTRA. Punto.

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    2018-11-17 16:14

    My NSFCCDP friend m.poulet suggested I get a little more up to speed on my classic comix and he strongly recommended Frank Miller’s Daredevil. I found Daredevil Reborn on a recent business trip and was blown away. I remember the DD costume from glancing through comics as a kid, but never read the story and felt like a moron when I said to m.poulet, “Oh, so he’s BLIND!” No shit sherlock. He is the blind superhero, that’s why Matt Murdoch is super strong and fearless. His adversary King Pin is a massive, evil mofo that nearly succeeds in annihilating Daredevil entirely. The artwork of David Mazzucchelli is stupendous. The story itself is definitely rated NC-17 at least with multiple references to hard drugs (poor Karen!) and prostitution (poor Karen again!). The story arc leads Matt nearly to insanity and despair before his epiphany and rebirth. I could not put it down for a second – it engages you from the first page and keeps you breathless until the end. Towards the end, there is another killer bad guy, Nuke, and the intervention of Thor, Captain America and Iron Man in a great confrontation where the Daredevil has to back down. I won’t put in spoilers because perhaps some of my readers have not had the pleasure of this extreme classic in the genre, but there is a happy ending. The other good news is that there are rumors of a Daredevil film to come…Truly one of the most complete and impressive comics ever, I’d place Daredevil Born Again up with The Dark Knight Returns as one of my all-time favorites.

  • Gavin Abdollahi
    2018-11-26 20:28

    First off, let me get one thing straight:This story is really dark.Like, it's the darkest superhero story I've ever read. So, mild spoilers up ahead, don't read on if you're one of those chaps who likes to jump into a tale without knowing what it's about. In this story, Karen Page, once Nelson & Murdcok's secretary, now junky/former adult film star, sells out Daredevil's secret identity to get a bit more heroine. Matt Murdock's life is falling apart, though it's not really made clear why. As if things weren't bad enough for our favourite hero dressed in a demon's suit, Kingpin now knows who Matt really is, and sets out to destroy Murdock's life. Now, if you've read my previous reviews, you'll probably know that Imma start randomly talking about the art, then the story, then somehow awkwardly end the review. The art was... Like all old times comic book art. Bright and colourful and cartoony, and also able to tell a story in a way that only classic comics can. The story... to be honest, it was pretty messy. Like, random pieces were just jammed in here and there. Though, it was executed well enough to make this fairly entertaining.All in all, Born Again is a comic book classic that DD fans should read.3/5 Stars.

  • Richard Guion
    2018-12-11 19:26

    This epic storyline still packs a punch nearly 30 years later! I re-read this arc in the original comic book issues I collected and still have. I think when I originally read it we had no idea about the plot - that Karen Page, Daredevil's first soap opera love interest from the first 50 odd issues, divulged his secret identity as Matt Murdock. This information quickly makes its way to the Kingpin, who goes about destroying Murdock's life in a very thorough manner. Murdock has everything stripped away from him, everything, even his sanity. Ben Urich and Foggy Nelson are important parts of this story - you have to wonder how the Netflix series can continue without a Urich type of character. Karen Page is also a vital part. It's a dark story and doesn't hold back from violence or sexual overtones. It gives Matt Murdock a challenge he almost cannot rise above.One element struck a false note 30 years later, the character of Nuke in the last 2 chapters. Back in the 80s we painted all Vietnam war vets with the same image: crazy and out of control. Nuke is like Rambo on drugs, unable to distinguish Hell's Kitchen from the jungles of Nicaragua. Miller was more liberal back then; I don't think the post 9/11 Miller would create the same character. But then again, the post 9/11 Miller hasn't created a story as good as Born Again.

  • Andrew
    2018-12-11 19:34

    I just realized this is my only 5 star review for a superhero book. I haven't read it in a long time, but I do recall loving it and reading it more than once. I love, love, love Mazzucchelli. I think he does a good job with formalist style with rigid perspective and consistency between frames. But he combines that with a loose line that allows the characters to come alive. Or something like that. He's certainly one of my favourite cartoonists, which was solidified in his future work like Rubber Blankets and Asterios Polyp. I read the book early in my comicbook reading, and it was probably the first 'classic' I read. I read it immediately after reading Miller's original run on Daredevil. Some of the criticism I've read states that the characters are one dimensional. So, being apologetic here, I think reading the original run and a few of the preceding issues to this story arc fleshes out the characters. This isn't really a defense of the book per se, but I think it needs to be acknowledged that this book is ripped out of an ongoing comic book series (which is an element that plagues many superhero "graphic novels").

  • Caroline
    2018-12-02 21:18

    A really well-executed and compelling story that stands on its own. There are some eye-rolling story elements (witness Matt Murdock's junkie-whore ex girlfriend who sells him out for a fix, then goes to find him so he'll save her from the nasty Latin American men who are exploting her), but neither Frank Miller's craziness nor the grim-and-gritty '80s comics aesthetic had descended into total cliche at this point. And David Mazzucchelli is an absolute master.(Also, for some reason, I really like Miller's use of Captain America/Steve Rogers. It's a small part, but the conflict between Steve's moral certainties and the sometimes questionable actions of the government he serves are brought very well).ETA: Also, I hadn't realized how much of an influence this story had on the later Daredevil stories by Bendis -- from the use of Ben Urich (who's the "Jim Gordon" everyman figure here -- to the tension about Matt's secret identity.

  • Jevron McCrory
    2018-11-17 17:26

    Without a doubt, simply put, the BEST superhero comic book story I have EVER read!Leave your reservations about this merely being a comic book at the door. This story is gut wrenchingly emotional and surprisingly realistic.It's ultimately, as all the best superhero stories are, about the man behind the mask and the depths he is willing to go in order to protect all that he holds dear.It's a bleak, VIOLENT story with bitter undertones yet, as the story concludes, our blind hero far worse off than when he began, you are left in NO doubt that THIS is a HERO!Confident, talented, genuine writing at it's best!If the makers of Daredevil the movie had taken this script (and re-cast Ben Affleck), we would have had QUITE the movie!Highly recommended!

  • Michael
    2018-11-24 22:28

    Collects Daredevil #226-233, an earlier Frank Miller/David Mazzucchelli collaboration issue featuring Melvin Potter (Gladiator) getting exploited again and some art layouts with Millar's scribbled on scripts. This is a pretty good book. This pairing works well together and they manage to put the noir back into Daredevil where it belongs. This wasn't the first time Murdock got worked over by The Kingpin's manipulations and it certainly wouldn't be the last but it's probably one of the best treatments of this sort of plotline. My only complaint would be: Wilson Fisk - put some damn clothes on!!!

  • Garrett
    2018-11-28 20:27

    You would think the team behind Batman Year one would have done a good job with this, I thought this sucked. Read The Man Without Fear instead