Daredevil Legends, Vol. 2: Born Again
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Daredevil Legends, Vol. 2: Born Again (Daredevil Marvel Comics)

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In this larger-than-life theater, the forces of corruption and redemption have at one another wih a Wagnerian intensity that rivals the very best this medium has ever produced. At stake - one man's immortal, indestructible soul.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 26th 2001 by Marvel Comics (first published 1986)
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Andrew Webb
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 reu...more
Mike
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...more
Sam Quixote
SPOILERS

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 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 h...more
Greg
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...more
Michael
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 treatm...more
Hamish
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...more
Jevron McCrory
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...more
Matej Kondas
Konečně v UKK vyšlo i tohle poměrně povedené a zásadní dílo Franka Millera.
Občas si pokládám otázku, jak je možné že Bendis, Miller i Brubaker psali Daredevila
každý úplně jinak, a přitom stejně. Respektive to stejně nakonec dalo tu správnou pozici noiru,
špinavého superhrdinství a hrdiny, který se vždy nechá zlomit jen proto aby vstal. Protože jen muž bez naděje, je mužem beze strachu.
Miller si nebere servítky a tahle poměrně temná kapitola Murdockova života začíná stejně temně jako skončí. A...more
Twan
Daredevil - Born Again - first Daredevil I have read and I knew nothing at all about him or his powers other than there was a shit looking film out from a few years ago. PIcked this up from the library after hearing people rave about it online and seeing Frank Miller's name on the front, though sadly, he hasn't illustrated it. Some old shag-piece of Daredevils reveals his identity and Kingpin has a field day making his life a living hell. The start of the book was right up my street, pretty grim...more
Jess
My friend Matt lent me this book after I wrote about another Daredevil title. This one is fascinating to me because it's so edgy. Daredevil loses everything. He has to be 'born again' because the Kingpin takes him down. I love that the story has more pain, uncertainty and visceral feeling than most comics I've read so far. And that you really get a feel for living in Hell's Kitchen. Also? Karen Page isn't your average superhero girlfriend. She's got issues. It's a terrifying book in some ways, b...more
Rory Wilding
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 he...more
HBalikov
Frank Miller can tell a story and this is one for all Daredevil fans. But if you are already a fan, then it is highly unlikely that you are unaware of this saga.

Others will review this compendium at greater length. For Daredevil, there is nothing quite as epic as his battle with the Kingpin, and this volume is the guts of that nasty relationship, with the Kingpin almost able to bag Daredevil, close the noose on the container and drop him down a well forever.

The genius in this storytelling is Mil...more
James Torpy
Wow. I didn't know how good this was but people said this was the definitive daredevil story. Now, this is my first daredevil story and I loved it. The kingpin is the villain and even though he doesn't have superpowers, he's definitely a super villain. He brought Matt Murdock down, and this is because of Karen Page (ex girlfriend to Matt, and the secretary of Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson's law firm). Karen knew Matt was Daredevil and she was a drug addicted actress in adult films. She wants a d...more
Martin
I guess this was considered "edgy" when it first came out. It's Frank Miller's typical crime story diluted for the sensibilities of the Marvel universe. It's a good story, but I think it's over-hyped.
Artur Coelho
Devo dizer que tive muita sorte na minha adolescência. Quando comecei a prestar atenção às revistas aos quadradinhos e a apaixonar-me pelo maravilhoso mundo dos comics uma das primeiras que me chegou às mãos, naquelas edições comprimidas da editora brasileira Abril, foi Elektra de Frank Miller. Ainda hoje recordo o deslumbre que sentia quando à noite, em viagens solitárias no metro, lia avidamente os argumentos sólidos ilustrados com um grafismo extraordinário. Isso e muito por acaso ter apanhad...more
Chris Marsh
I first read Daredevil in the early seventies. The stories I read were mostly written by Steve Gerber and penciled by John Romita, Bob Brown and Don Heck. Daredevil was one of my top favorites. In all the comics I kept when I later packed them into a trunk when I reached my teens, Daredevil was partnered with Black Widow. She joined him in 1972. I loved those comics and still reread them, especially #99, in which Hawkeye quits the Avengers to get his girlfriend back from Daredevil who is in turn...more
Alazzar
I developed a weird sort of interest in Daredevil after I started playing a lot of the board game Marvel Heroes. The Daredevil figure in that game just looked so cool that I decided I had to seek out some of the Man Without Fear's stories. A quick Google search told me that Born Again was the way to go, so that's what I picked up from my library.

As usual, Google was right.

Born Again has a feeling to it that reminded me somewhat of Alan Moore's Watchmen : it's a story about a guy who, for the mos...more
Bappaditya Das
Christmas Night. Two men run over a blind man on their way back from work. Man 1 slows down his car, "He looks hurt, maybe I should.." Anxiously looking forward to cake and eggnog, Man 2 cuts him off, "Let him be man, who needs the grief?"

Moments like these when you HAVE to put down the book you're reading, even for a few seconds. Or a minute or five. This book has a lot of these.

Even though I wasn't much of a fan of Marvel Comics, I decided to sod it all and give in to getting to know a bit mo...more
Robert Jazo
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Yousif Mukhtar
I want this 4.5 stars but there is something that doesn't allow me to do this.

Anyways, the book was my first ever introduction to Daredevil. I haven't watched the movie adaptation or seen him any of his appearances in the Marvel movies. I've seen the Kingpin many times though.

To me, Daredevil is officially for me, Marvel's best dark superhero. The world created by Miller is dark and gritty. It isn't Daredevil that interested me most, but it was Matt Murdock. What really makes Dare Devil unique i...more
Writer's Relief
This graphic novel recounts the quintessential DAREDEVIL story written by Frank Miller in the 1980s. It’s a story about good versus evil, although at times it’s hard to distinguish which is which, as Daredevil (Matt Murdock) becomes more and more violent, chaotic, and full of mistrust. His arch-nemesis is the Kingpin, a large, bald lord of the underworld. The hero wears a red mask with devil horns, but needs saving by a nun. The story kicks off with Murdock’s ex-girlfriend selling out his secret...more
Tomás
Sigo poniéndole estrellitas a todos los cómics de Frank Miller que leí hasta ahora. Y me estaba faltando este que, personalmente, es mi favorito del autor y también de cómics en general. Durante mi estadía en la carrera de Letras en la facultad casi lo uso para hacer un parcial a carpeta abierta y analizarlo a la manera estructuralista teniendo como base a Greimas y a Barthes, pero la profesora argumentó que era demasiado largo. Al final terminé haciéndo el parcial usando como experimento a "La...more
Mr. Fusion
Beyond the Ben Affleck movie and Loeb & Sale's "Daredevil: Yellow", I'm not very knowledgeable on The Man Without Fear. But you put the names Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli on the cover of a comic book, and I'm there. I guess it also doesn't hurt that this is a pretty seminal work, and that I'd better get around to reading it sometime.

And Miller really puts our hero through the ringer on this one. His life turns upside down when ex-flame Karen Paige sells out his secret identity for a he...more
Andrew
So, this read through of Daredevil has only recently had some worthwhile high points. The character and the book struggled for its own identity up until Frank Miller was given the reins to write and he immediately gave The Man Without Fear a unique vision that stood out from the rest of the super hero genre. This ended up being good, in fact better than I even expected. Though some of that impression may have been from the things I had to wade through to get to them. A hill can look huge to some...more
Jorge Figueroa
Jan 30, 2014 Jorge Figueroa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
Wow
Frank Miller, Daredevil
Su nombre se asocia con el disfrazado de rata con alas, con los griegos o con la ciudad del pecado, pero creo que después de TDKR (el original) no hay mejor momento de Frank Miller que su trabajao en el hombre sin miedo.

Karen Page no me tocó a mi, Matt Murdock es letal para las mujeres, aún peor que Peter Parker, pero leí Daredevil: Yellow y quede prendado de Karen, para encontrarmela vuelta una miserable adicta.

Matt es mejor persona que yo, yo la hubiera dejado con su...more
Helmut
Auferstehung, die zweite

Frank Miller ließ Daredevil schoneinmal auferstehen, als er einen relativ belanglosen Marvel-Titel zum damalig heißesten Eisen der Comicwelt machte. Nun krempelt er in diesem Band, zusammen mit Zeichner Mazzucchelli, den Charakter nochmals um, und führt ihn an den Rand des Wahnsinns, um ihn dann neu auferstehen zu lassen.

Die Brutalität des Kingpin, der keinerlei moralische Zwänge oder Gewissensbisse kennt, ebenso wie die sehr politischen und sozialen Themen wie Drogenabhä...more
Caroline
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...more
Matthew
Frank Miller is unparalleled. Marvel has long taken comics into the REAL WORLD , and this title even more than any other. Daredevil's alter ego is stripped of his money, his position, his dignity, and almost his life. Rock bottom, while the rich kingpin revels in glee at the soul he grinds under his feet.

And at bottom is a glimmer of hope. There is no corpse in the cab they used to set up the coup de grace.

Equally potent was the element of the Super Soldier in the third act(?)...echoing many a...more
Dean
IMHO, this is the super-hero book I would give to my friends who don't think much of super-hero comics because it's a story about a man, not a super-hero. Having discovered Daredevil's secret identity from an ex-girlfriend of his who has since become a heroin-addicted adult film star, NYC crime lord The Kingpin uses all the influence he has to utterly destroy his life, ruining his reputation as a lawyer, freezing his accounts, and foreclosing on his home. Reduced to homelessness, DD quickly lose...more
Fabio Tassi
Discesa agli inferi, redenzione e rinascita di Matt Murdock. Per distruggere fisicamente un eroe devi prima demolirlo mentalmente, ridurlo alla foliia colpendole in tutte le sue certezze e negli affetti piu' cari. Ma un uomo senza piu' nulla da perdere e' un uomo senza paura. Frank Miller rules. Bellissimo.
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