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Daredevil, Vol. 1: Guardian Devil (Daredevil Marvel Knights #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,635 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Daredevil and Spider-Man have, though the years, forged a strong working relationship, going so far as to trust one another with their secret identities. The urban adventurers share many similarities- but just how different are they? In this titanic team-up, the Man Without Fear and the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler unite-but often rub each other the wrong way- to put...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 3rd 2007 by Marvel (first published 1998)
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Brian Hodges
This was my first foray into the world of Daredevil, so I can't adequately comment on how it perpetuates the overall story and legend. All I know is that it started out strong and cool with some totally badass storytelling and illustrations but petered out in the last two issues. I don't want to give away the ending for any who haven't read it, but in the issue that is supposed to be the big climax, there is LO-O-O-T of talking talking talking, exposition, exposition, exposition. Come on Kevin,...more
Re-read to fill in any details I need to know before diving into Parts of a Hole (David Mack's follow-on that was only published as a GN this year). Realise now that, aside from the adoration I had for Kevin Smith in his heyday, this isn't nearly as special a run of DD as I'd thought ten years ago. It was an interesting story but seemed like a big letdown with the "supervillain explains his nefarious plot in excruciating detail, just before getting his ass handed over by the hero".

And the art? Q...more
I'm a huge fan of Kevin Smith movies so reading his DD story was a real treat. This hardcover collected his story "Guardian Devil." It's outstanding writing from Kevin, some parts actually really touched my heart. I liked his reveal of (view spoiler)

The second story was just as good, David Mack's "Parts of a Hole," which also had some emotionally resonating moments. Also a hilarious scene where (vie...more
Daredevil has always been on my 'I'll get round to him one day' list. The Bendis and Maleev run interested me (though is harder to find these days) but I've never quite found the time. Too many other comics.

The "Kevin Smith Comics Debut" is pretty famous (and there are a lot of intros and post-scripts praising it collected within) and I was a big Kevin Smith fan (weren't we all at Uni?). Given my primary superhero love, I'm familiar with the story, mainly for the big reveal of the orchestrator...more
The art is intricate and bold, the religious themes bring out an underexplored aspect of a character who wears devil horns, and the story is amazing. The big fight with Bullseye is one of the true turning points of Matt Murdock's life, and you owe it to yourself to read this if you want to appreciate any Daredevil story that has been written since these issues.
The first launch under the Marvel Knights imprint, this volume shows how great Daredevil can be - especially when he is at his lowest. Life turns upside-down for Matt Murdock when a young woman enters his law offices and places a child in his care. Besieged at all turns for this orphaned baby left in his care, Murdock can only react as his personal life falls into shambles. As the dominoes fall, Daredevil starts to wonder if the stories about the child are true: Is she really a messianic figure...more
If you're a fan of serialized fiction...or even works of fiction that star the same characters in ever-more dangerous and compelling conflicts...CLERKS director Kevin Smith's first foray into the genre of comic books was with the relaunch of DAREDEVIL as a monthly title, and "Guardian Devil" was the (now) classic story that the experiment bore.

At the risk of providing spoilers within this review (and it's rather difficult to do, because this storyline was such an important tome to the medium of...more
The beginnings of 2000 were a rough time for Marvel Comics.

Ten years before the big explosion of interest that went along with the release of trading card sets, a dozen different animated series, the release of X-Men #1. Sadly, the explosion has fizzled out. Marvel is going bankrupt and they're in desperate need of an overhaul.

It came in many ways. Bruce Jones relaunching The Hulk, JMS taking Spider-Man in a new direction, and Kevin Smith on Daredevil. It was the perfect move at the time and it...more
William Thomas
The problem with Kevin Smith writing comic books is that he writes the character the way he believes they should act, without regard to the personality that has been built up over 30 years. It feels, cartoonish and out of character, not only for Murdock, but for all of the supporting characters in the book. Like Smith is trying to bring back a Golden Age feel to the dialogue and monologue while writing modern story lines. It just doesn't work on any level. It makes the book sputter and start and...more
My friend Adam highly recommended the entire series run of Daredevil, Volume 2. From my understanding, Volume 1 had run stagnant after thirty-four years and 380 comics. Marvel decided to reboot the Man without Fear and start afresh. Anon, Kevin Smith was hired to write the first story arc for the new series, Guardian Devil, beginning in 1998. Volume 2 ran for 119 issues, and concluded with a 13-issue mini-run titled Shadowlands.

I'll be the first to say that my knowledge of Daredevil is very limi...more
Kevin Smith created a story here with such high casualties and such a low point for Daredevil that the story couldn't ever recover completely to have the superhero arc I expected. I guess there is a limit to how dark my superhero stories can go and this book crossed it. I get that Smith was breaking the rules and crossing the lines and all that, but I didn't want my superhero rules to be broken. I don't want to be sad at the end.

For all that, the art was good (not great like the next one, but g...more
Kevin Mann
I expected way too much from this. So many myths had developed about this seminal work, starting with the legendary names involved, for years, i had a hard time eventually sitting down to read it. Some things have a place in time and become very imtidating to just enjoy. Finally, i decided it was time to buy and read "the ultimate DD arc"....as many have labelled this... I think reading it all at once years later was much better for me than reading it in sections as it was released with all the...more
Andrew Williams
Kevin Smith storms onto the mainstream comics scene with the first arc of a relaunched Daredevil, under the then-fledgling Marvel Knights banner. Along with him, were then artist, future Editor in Chief and Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada and inker Jimmy Palmiotti.

Kevin Smith was new to comics at the time, having only written a few Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob stories for Oni, but was able to swoop in and deliver a compelling and tight Daredevil story that launched Daredevil to a...more
This oversized volume contains the Kevin Smith arc that revamped Daredevil along with a follow up story introducing Echo, who now hands out with the New Avengers. Kevin Smith is very underrated as a comics writer. In this volume, he takes the rather stodgy world that is Matt Murdock's mopefest and livens it up by giving Matt a reason to think he's important again. With all of DD's supporting cast showing up, including Peter and Dr. Strange, and with references to quite a few spots in DD's histor...more
This volume collects the first eight issues (as well as #1/2) of Daredevil (2nd series), featuring independent director Kevin Smith's comics début, aided by Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti on art. As with Bendis' (much longer) run, Smith's is a run that I have heard many good things about, yet never have got around to reading. In the wake of my reading and appreciating the first Bendis collection of DD, I decided to also pick up Smith's run since it precedes the former.

And gosh! I have not been...more
I've heard so much about this story, and how it redefined the character of Daredevil in the most extreme way since Frank Miller's seminal run. I have to say that with hyperbole like that it's probably a foregone conclusion that it would disappoint.

That is not to say that this is a bad book by any means, but it's no Man Without Fear and although I generally enjoy Kevin Smith's writing as his Batman: Cacophony mini-series was a nice run and Joe Quesada's pencils on the Azrael mini-series he did at...more
Craig Williams
I really enjoyed Kevin Smith's work on Green Arrow, so I've always meant to read his Daredevil run. I have to say, though, I wasn't too terribly floored. Naturally, Smith falls into the habit of cramming in too much dialogue. With comics, I feel one should take a cue from the most important screenwriting rule: don't tell what's happening, show what's happening. Also, the story was stuffed with several self-references, which kind of makes Smith seem slightly egotistical. Still, the story had some...more
It's saying something that I believe this may be the best Kevin Smith written comic I've read, and it's still horribly overwritten. Many pages the words nearly crowd the artwork right out of the book. I'm also not a huge fan of Quesada's style, which is much too exaggerated and cartoony for me. There's an interesting story here, featuring a favorite villain of mine, but it's not told to best effect.
Federiken Masters
Nov 19, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los autores y del personaje
Recommended to Federiken by: Fama
No estuvo nada mal... Pero tampoco tan bueno como me lo imaginaba. El guion de Smith es ingenioso, bien llevado y con vueltas de tuerca relativamente impredecibles (le pegué en un par de "revelaciones"), aunque eso mismo hace que más de un capítulo se vuelva inverosímil hasta que uno ve la historia en conjunto. El dibujo de Quesada, como (casi) siempre: muy elegante, dinámico y funcional para las escenas de acción y los cuerpos adultos, pero pésimo para las expresiones y a la hora de determinar...more
Nicholas Grugin
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Starting to think that Matt Murdock doesn't have a woman in a refrigerator so much as an entire refrigerated warehouse full of dead lovers. Not awful, the ending was a lot more absorbing than the beginning and there were some good moments, but those were fleeting - so not anything I'll be revisiting.
At first, I was bored. Then I started to think, damn every graphic novel of Kevin Smith's I've read, I've felt the same at first. There's so much writing and story and background that I almost don't care enough to read. But then I get about halfway through the book AND all those things from the first half start hitting and connecting in the second. I think Smith's traditional style of writing for scripts with movies probably helps with this, but I think it's awesome. Not everyone is able to do s...more
Rorshach Sridhar
Guardian Devil was my first foray into Daredevil comics (I'd seen the movie and gotten interested), and I must say that it really delivers. This is a complex, powerful story, delving into Catholic themes, questions of morality, love, and just pain itself (both physical and mental). The art is equally as compelling, making each issue have a lasting impression in your mind.

What prevents this from getting a perfect score is the resolution. It's very good and I liked it a lot, but I couldn't help fe...more
Matt Thomas
Not bad. I usually like the concept of Daredevil. He's less "super" than other heroes which appeals to me. But I don't read a lot of him so perhaps I've missed how religious he is? Or maybe it's just this collection. It was a major plot point so I guess it had to be played up. And his mom's a nun -- didn't know that before -- so I guess it makes sense to the character.

And it's not the religious/magical concepts per se: I like Hell Boy, Dr. Strange, etc. I just don't like the obviously lame argum...more
Daniel Butcher
I'm not a huge Daredevil fan so I was surprised how much I enjoyed this.

It is very earnest, spiritual and thoughtful. It is complex and not just a let's go hit someone story!
This was a horrible written comic. I can not even begin to say how disappointed I was in this story by Kevin Smith. Normally Kevin Smith's writing is a bit over the top but still good or at least entertaining. This comic collection is of a number of issues from the Daredevil monthly comic. I had been told by friend how great this story arc was and how cool Kevin Smith was writing this comic - obviously those friends have no concept of what a good comic book was like. I could go on and about how...more
Here's a spoiler. In the final chapter of this book, the antagonistic mastermind is revealed to be Kevin Smith himself. Daredevil reacts by reviewing the book himself. As one Matt quoting another, here's what old Horn Head had to say.

"(Guardian Devil) was nothing more than B-movie material, an amalgam of whorish, cliched devices." He then goes on to sum up his thoughts on Kevin Smith and his career. "Your whole existence is counterfeit...You've never had an original thought in your life. You're...more
Personalmente adoro Kevin Smith regista. Come sceneggiatore di fumetti, invece, ammetto che mi lascia insoddisfatto. Gli manca quella circolarità che presenta nei film, e una precisa caratterizzazione. Vero, Quesada ai disegni non aiuta.
Steven Monroy
This was first real trade paperback, and the story that got me into reading comics. However, upon rereading it, it does have its faults. First some good things though. Kevin Smith set up Daredevil's new place in the modern Marvel Universe though using appropriate guest stars and through giving the essentials of his history. The story is pure Daredevil; about strength, faith, failure and women. However, little if anything about the story is revolutionary. Daredevil's life is destroyed? Personal l...more
Deshawn Vasquez
It can be a heavy sit to read, as Smith never leaves a space untouched for dialogue or description, but once powered on through, there's a gold mine.
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Kevin Patrick Smith is an American screenwriter, director, as well as a comic book writer, author, and actor. He is also the co-founder, with Scott Mosier, of View Askew Productions and owner of Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash comic and novelty store in Red Bank, New Jersey. He also hosts a weekly podcast with Scott Mosier known as SModcast. He is also known for participating in long, humorous Q&A...more
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