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Daredevil, Volume 1 (Daredevil Vol. III #1)

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THE DEVIL IS REBORN. RENEWED. RESURRECTED. With new enemies, new friends ... and that same old "grinnin' in the face of hell" attitude, the Man Without Fear is back in action and leading with his face! Mark Waid (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, IRREDEEMABLE, RUSE) joins neo-legendary artists Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin for a new spin on Daredevil that will leave you gasping for air...more
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Marvel Enterprises, Inc. (first published January 25th 2012)
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This is the kind of stuff that makes comic fans a bunch of disgruntled malcontents who can never be happy.

I’ve ranted before about how Marvel has made a hash out of it's volumes and numbering systems making it increasingly difficult for someone working through the trade collections to read stuff in order. I knew that Mark Waid had done a new phase of Daredevil, and it’s something I was curious about so when I ran across this collection labeled Volume 1 at the library, I grabbed it and gave it a...more
When you think of Marvel's answer to Batman, you probably automatically think Iron Man. And why wouldn't you? Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne are both incredibly intelligent individuals who use their mental ability to compensate for a lack of "super power".

For whatever reason, in my eyes, I always saw Daredevil as Marvel's answer to Batman. They've both lost parents due to the actions of the criminal element, they both operate in seedy surroundings (Hell’s Kitchen & Gotham City) and both series...more
Sam Quixote
In this revamp Mark Waid rejects the popular version of Daredevil as this overly dark and gritty character and returns him to his 1960s roots with a carefree attitude, smiling as he takes down bad guys, and basically being an upbeat and cheerful sort of chap who enjoys being both Matt Murdock and Daredevil. This is a refreshing take on the character especially as dark and gritty is really something that’s run its course in superhero comics and is generally something I’m sick of reading about.

After decades of writers putting Matt Murdock through the wringer, tearing him down and building him back up, Mark Waid takes the book in a shocking and revolutionary direction - he lets Daredevil smile. This collection of stories is fascinating and joyful and a little terrifying all at once, as Matt Murdock returns to Hell's Kitchen with a fresh outlook on life and a refusal to acknowledge that in the last five or ten years, his secret identity has been made public and he's personally put his n...more
William Thomas
Frank Miller might just become a forgotten thing of the past if Mark Waid keeps up this kind of work on DD. I'd counted Waid out years ago, when he was doing all that work for Crossgen, but it looks like I couldn't have been more wrong. This is just too good a book to be true.

Not that I'm comparing them to one another, they aren't comparable in any way other than their brilliance. Frank Miller turned DD into a seedy, gritty, dark, avenging anti-hero only a few steps away from the ledge that Fra...more
Chris Lemmerman
After suffering through over 100 issues of depressing storylines that dragged him to the deepest bowels of hell and back (sometimes literally), Daredevil steps back into the light with a new creative team, a new lease on life, and some good fun stories to go with it.

Mark Waid breathes new life into the crimson clad crimefighter as he tries to put his past behind him and get back to his roots. It's a fantastic change after so many dark and dingy storylines and rings true to character as well; it'...more
“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. All this pain and all this loss and…and I just can’t bear the weight of it anymore and stay sane. I know that. So this is the way I’ve decided to be.”

Matt Murdock’s speech to Foggy is perhaps Mark Waid’s statement of intent with his run on Daredevil. Acknowledge the grimdark past of the comic, while offering a dramatic change of pace and tone. It’s perhaps a soft reboot...more
Matt Garcia
Great story line and artwork are present in this book. Daredevil is a unique superhero and he is utilized quite well here. His personality as the hot shot lawyer. Matt Murdock is explored here as well and was a welcome transition from the crime fighting. A very good book with some secondary villains who manage to fit in nicely and mesh in a cohesive manner.
I almost can't believe how much I liked this! Fortunately the cover art thrilled me more than my dread at seeing Waid's name on the cover.
This was the guy who wrote the aptly named "IRREDEEMABLE" after all.

But after Andy Diggle successfully killed the momentum and mystique that had been built up by Bendis & Maleev and also Brubaker & Lark. Diggle made the first UNREADABLE DAREDEVIL comics in years! Culminating in that awful unfunny joke "SHADOWLAND" (I could not even finish the Daredevi...more
Waid is hit-and-miss for me. This time around he's more hit than miss but doesn't inspire the giddy, gleeful reaction when I'm thoroughly enjoying a comic. It probably doesn't help that Rivera/Martin's art doesn't do much for me.

A cleaned-up, newly-"sane" (as Murdock can ever be, at least) and positive-thinking lawyer is certainly one way to relaunch a character like DD. Give the guy a mostly clean slate, a new attitude and a way to challenge his character without fists flying every frame.

The mo...more
Oct 13, 2012 S rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Three and a half stars. Mostly a solid read with nice art and colouring, as well as a decent sense of humour, but a couple of things prevented it from being a truly enjoyable (and four star) read for me.

Like in the first issue, where Matt snogs a bride without her consent; I know most people will disagree with me, or point to the fact that she seemed quite happy afterwards as a justification, but I'd call that non-consensual behaviour and therefore sexual assualt. Which again, I wouldn't mind i...more
Justyn Rampa
So Daredevil is lingering with me so strongly that I feel compelled to add another star and share some more thoughts.

I've always liked lawyers as characters and find the law fascinating. Not that Matt Murdock gets much legal play in this, in fact Mark Waid is trying to avoid getting stuck in a courtroom too long, but he does manage to find a creative solution to this problem. Regardless of how much of this volume is spend in the courtroom, Matt Murdock does grapple with the conundrum of justice...more
Timothy McNeil
There are clearly some tropes for a reset when it comes to comic book characters, and Daredevil gets many of them. Unfortunately, Marvel never ever really resets a character to the beginning; it is a big universe, many of the characters know each other (and appear in other titles), and there are parts of the story that nobody seems to be comfortable jettisoning in favor of telling new stories without the weight of the past. So Daredevil gets to explain not just who he is, how his powers work (a...more
Daredevil has traditionally been a superhero I don't really know/care that much about? Except for how amazingly terrible his movie was? Like... so terrible.

Anyway, though, this was on ALA's best graphic novels for teens list so I figured I'd give it a try. I liked it OK? I like the visualizations of how Daredevil's powers work. I didn't like how, within the first few pages, Daredevil kisses the bride at a wedding he's trying to protect and says he couldn't help himself because he liked her perf...more
Having never read any Daredevil stories before outside of guest appearances in Spider-Man comics, I never really got into him. However, Mark Waid gives the guy a tremendous voice and makes him distinct. His flip demeanor contrasts with his lawyer's mindset, making this first arc really something else. The best part about it was that I didn't feel lost reading it; clearly, Daredevil's secret identity was compromised prior to the beginning of the series, and Matt Murdock in the process of trying t...more
Colin Rapp-Ellis
3 1/2 stars really. Great art throughout, good writing as well, but i didn't care for the villain of the first 3 issues and i felt as though very little happened throughout all 6 issues. If the rest of Waid's run is this quality with better plotting, I see a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews to come.
An exceptionally well crafted superhero comic. I picked this up because an issue took the single-issue Eisner Award last week. Mark Waid writes a good Matt Murdock; he's a bit lighter in tone than the Frank Miller "doomed ronin" that everyone remembers, and that's a welcome change. But it's Paolo Rivera's art that you'll remember. Rivera uses the page to portray the blind hero's world better than anyone I've ever seen. Look at that cover; instead of the tired "concentric rings" shorthand for DD'...more
This is a great jumping on point for those who have lapsed in their DD reading or who are fairly new to DD. I find that if someone is not a hardcore comic book fan they may be a Daredevil fan. Mark Waid picks up after Daredevil's secret identity as lawyer Matt Murdock is made public and the consequences thereafter. Peppered with real life-like courtroom drama and vigilante justice, the first story arc somersaults with action and adventure and a rejuvenated Murdock laughing all the way. Best of a...more
Neil McCrea
Daredevil has provided me with many of my favorite superhero storylines. I loved Miller's, Smith's, Bendis', Brubaker's, and even Nocenti's runs on the character. . . . and yet, even I had to admit that Daredevil's status quo had to change sometime soon. Poor Matt Murdock has been through so many grim & gritty, neo-noir, soul killing events that the title would have to either kill him off or descend into self-parody if they continued in the same vein.

I don't know what I was expecting Marvel...more
Scott Lee
I'd been hearing good things about this run for awhile, and I've always found Mark Waid's work to be fantastic...he seems to make a splash with whichever big two book he's placed on, and his work on indies like Empire is also fantastic.

I've not read much Daredevil in the past--i.e. almost none--but I may have to go back and pick some stuff up after hearing about all that Kevin Smith, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, etc. have done with him...sounds like I've missed a lot of good stuff. Still,...more
Stephen T Brophy
Back in the dark ages of the early '80s, Frank Miller's legendary run on Daredevil was one of the first superhero comics I really got into reading. Even at that young age, most comic book writing had always seemed pretty sophomoric to me, so I was in for a shock. In this post-Miller age, words can't really do justice to what it was like to open a mainstream superhero comic and be absorbed, amused, startled and shocked on a regular basis by a writer/artist working at the top of his game and tryin...more
Matt Goldberg
This book further confirms that I don't really care about Daredevil. Waid is a talented writer, but he does nothing to make the character interesting beyond elaborating how Daredevil sees the world, and trying to figure how Matt Murdock can continue to practice law if everyone knows he's a costumed vigilante.

But there's not much of a hook. I was drawn into Matt Fraction's Hawkeye because it hit upon the fact that Clint Barton is kind of a fuck-up but happens to be part of Earth's Mightest Heroe...more
Tyler Hill
I'm a big fan of super hero comics, but must admit that I tend to gravitate toward team books; because -even when the story arc itself is muddled, boring or just dumb- at least you have the visual and narrative interest of a bunch of oddball characters bouncing off each other. That said, I do have a solid appreciation of a solo title, when in the hands of the right creative team. Ably handled, a solo book allows for stories that are either often more iconic or able to investigate conceptual issu...more
Daredevil war für mich in den 70ern nur ein B-Superheld, er konnte mit den kosmischen Abenteuern der Fantastic Four oder den persönlichen Krisen eines Peter Parker nicht konkurrieren. Einzelne Hefte gefielen mir allerdings ganz hervorragend, zum Beispiel die Nummer 56, die geheimnisvoll düster mit einem auf einem Geisterpferd reitenden Mumienmann aufwarten konnte. Im Essential Daredevil Band 3 kann man sich überzeugen, dass Roy Thomas und Gene Colan damals tolle Stories gebracht haben. Colan ist...more
James Tierney
I have an enormous affection for comic book heroes but haven't read them in any way since 1982. It's an uncanny pleasure then to pick up a character after that long a gap and still know their imperatives well.
The clean storytelling and mostly impressive art make this a thoroughly enjoyable read.
I do wonder, though, if your childhood didn't give you a love of the form, why would you pick this up? Are comics irretrievably nostalgic?
This series is shaping up to be a really fun take on Daredevil. Never have I read a comic where the main hero smiles so much, and not have the smile be a menacing one. Daredevil, after 30 years of torment, is essentially a happy go lucky crime fighter now, and it's pretty cool to read.
This is a fun Daredevil story!

The sad thing about DD in recent years is that his title became extremely dramatic and suspenseful. Everything had to be dark and gritty. The writers couldn't let Murdock catch a break. This seems to give Matt a chance to breathe. The story has some serious and dangerous consequences but the tone is light hearted enough that I'm not really worried about what is going to happen to DD.

It'll be interesting to see where this storyline goes. Hopefully some of the side ca...more
Emmett Spain
The previous volume of Daredevil was critically lauded, and with good reason. Kevin Smith started the Marvel Knights: Daredevil run off with an interesting story, then we got David Mack’s unique take on Daredevil and the introduction of Echo, then Brian Michael Bendis’s fantastic run, Ed Brubaker’s brilliant storytelling that took Bendis’s work and kept the standard similarly high… then there was Andy Diggle and the Shadowland fiasco, then the putrid Reborn arc. Diggle’s run was awful. Flat dial...more
Adam Graham
Daredevil's back and minus the load of depression. After three decades of gathering gloom, with the last dozen or so years being particularly intense in gloom, Daredevil is reborn under new writer Mark Waid.

While Marvel began the Waid run by relaunching the numbering system making this Volume 3 of Daredevil, Waid doesn't write the book as if the past dozen or so years of pure misery for Daredevil didn't happen. He acknowledges it.

In this collection, Matt Murdoch's got a spring his step. He's no...more
Michael Emond
I had heard a lot of buzz about Waid's run on this series and finally got a chance to read it. I was very happy I did. You have probably heard Waid decided to put a happier spin on Daredevil and that put me off but after reading it I am very happy to get away from the gloom of Bendis and Doom of Brubaker (I avoided the Diggle run - and if Daredevil was possessed by a demon, like it is hinted at, then I am glad I did). It is true Daredevil was always being treated to the most depressing storyline...more
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Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his eight-year run as writer of the DC Comics' title The Flash, as well as his scripting of the limited series Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright, and his work on Marvel Comics' Captain America.
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