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Daredevil Visionaries: Kevin Smith (Daredevil Marvel Knights #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,035 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
A SIGNED LIMITED edition deluxe hard cover collection of issues 1 - 8 of the very popular comic series. Limited to just 2500 copies each book contains a special CD-Rom (Mac & PC compatible) containing over 2 hours of audio commentary, complete unedited rough scripts, original art, sketches and reference material, Daredevil #0 and Daredevil #. Each book is signed by all ...more
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Published (first published 1998)
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Sep 06, 2010 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-and-read
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
May 13, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing
Absolutely the best Daredevil story written! Ken Smith turned this story into pure magic!
Please keep Kevin Smith away from Daredevil. It was horrible. The way women were treated made me cringe, and the plot was boring and over-the-top. It didn't add anything to Daredevil's overall arc. Do not recommend.
Joseph Rice
Feb 05, 2015 Joseph Rice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone at Goodreads really needs to re-do the abstract above about this book.

I think the last time I read Daredevil was during the Frank Miller period, when Elektra was a major character in the book and all that. I don't remember much about it, to be honest. It was just "cool" and "wow" and "destined to be a classic!" So I bought those issues, but may not have even read them. I dunno.

So, there's a lot of water under the bridge from the early 80s to the late 90s, and Daredevil, as a character, m
Daredevil is given a baby by an unknown girl who disappears, leaving Matt Murdock with a crisis of faith when two different agents claim the baby is both a savior and the antichrist. Black Widow lends a hand as Matt struggles with the return of Karen Page, his relationships with the women in his life, his own Catholic upbringing, and his very senses.

I've been jumping around the Daredevil timeline quite a bit since I realized that he's my favorite Marvel hero. I've scoured a few lists in search o
Aug 24, 2014 Nicholas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-marvel
Not a bad intro to the Daredevil character. While Kevin Smith definitely overwrote this arc (a disturbing trend in the last three volumes of Marvel works I've tried out), the plot ended up pretty solid and there are some pretty nice dialogue gems to be found within this volume.

Matt Murdock has lost his faith. He's been through a rough patch lately and the normally devout Catholic has been handed enough curveballs to leave him feeling pretty bitter with the man upstairs. The love of his life has
“The conclusion I’ve come to after years spent doing this is that there are no innocents. Everyone’s guilty. Even us. Especially us… no Peter — there are no innocents. Even in the strictest of definitions, people like the loved one you mentioned and Karen are still guilty. They are guilty of dying and leaving us alone in this mire of solitude and misery.”

Excuse me while I get a hold of my emotions.

Regardless of whether or not you are a Daredevil fan, regardless of whether you hate the “Women in
I read this back in 1998 when it was originally published and had pretty much put it out of my head in the meantime. Now that I've reread it I remembered why I forgot it in the first place. This is the Kevin Smith run on daredevil, and it does have some decently written parts... And then there is the rest of it. It just the way it's written is very... smug? That might be the best word for it. Pop culture references abound and it has a ton of easter egg references to fanboyish things in it. There ...more
Jul 30, 2014 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! All this anticipation for the Netflix series has motivated me to investigate one of the Marvel characters I don't know so much about, and I started with the onset of Volume Two in 1998. A friend has informed me that this Kevin Smith-penned storyline in Daredevil apparently saved Marvel from bankruptcy, because it signaled the end of an era of mediocrity for the company, and I can see very much how true that is. As with all of the comics Smith has dabbled in (see his legendary Green Arrow ru ...more
Brian Hodges
Jan 23, 2009 Brian Hodges rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
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
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.
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 23, 2010 Anne rated it liked it
If I had the choice I would go with three and a half stars, because it was pretty good, but I didn't get that 'wowza' feeling about it. Still, it's a very good story, and I would definitely recommend it.
May 04, 2016 Kit rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oi, this is a hard one for me to talk about.
I love Kevin's movies. Really, really love them, in fact. There are few "Hollywood geeks" that I have as much admiration and respect for as Kevin. I want that known up-front.
As an early effort in the world of comics, I am going to have to echo the sentiment that Kevin writes like Kevin. That sounds stupid, but in the comic world, that matters. In many cases with this book, dialogue seemed to be more indicative of Kevin's taste and style than the actual
Jul 11, 2014 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 28, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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
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
Jan 08, 2013 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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" 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
Jul 17, 2010 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Federiken Masters
Nov 19, 2012 Federiken Masters rated it liked it  ·  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
Jan 30, 2016 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to write a formal review of this, because it will inevitably devolve into a rant. Is this my least favorite Daredevil installment that I've read? Absolutely. Is the writing so pretentious, so self-congratulatory, and so excessively wordy that I wanted to bash my head against my desk? Oh, yes. Does someone make some ridiculous "eyes rolled in their head, semi-anguished, semi-stoned" face on every single page? Just about.

There are very, very few things about this installment save i
Jan 29, 2016 Amory rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100-in-2014
Wow. Did Kevin Smith write the worst Daredevil story ever? Quite Possibly.
Is this also (save 1-2 cute shots of the Black Widow) the worst drawn Daredevil comic ever? Almost certainly.

This suffers most because someone decided to make it part of the "Visionaries" collection, which means they are encouraging you to read this in close proximity with, and invite comparisons to, the vastly superior in every conceivable way Frank Miller Daredevil stories. It's just unfair and wrong.

Obviously, I've like
mike andrews
Apr 02, 2016 mike andrews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Kevin Smith did fantastic with this series. He added his own subtle variations to the hero but stayed pretty true to Daredevils origins. The talk between Spidey and DD on the roof was an unbelievable exchange. Awesome read
Christopher Mclean
I loved this run.

I can see where some people complain that Smith is too dialogue heavy, but I just ate it up. I'm a massive sucker for sprawling stories that slowly unfolds over time but where everything is ultimately tied back together and explained within the context of the setting and I feel like that's exactly what I got here. This felt like something JMS or Sanderson would have been proud of.

I particularly appreciated how self contained this was, unlike so many superhero books it felt like
Mar 09, 2016 Masanobu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, comics
I love this. It was pure Kevin Smith. The first half reminded me of Dogma, I guess because of the exploration of what constitutes faith and how to regain it. I also loved the cinematic exposition near the end, the movie and comic references, and Black Widow putting Matt Murdock in his place. Daredevil is a complex character, and Kevin Smith makes full use of this. It was not at all what I expected, but I really really liked it.

The art by Joe Quesada is wonderful, as always. He employs Christian
Aug 10, 2014 evan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Not really that interesting. Reading the series requires that you know the Marvel universe fairly well (which I don't) for there were "big reveals" at the end of single editions of just an image of some person that was supposed to be exciting to which I went "huh? who?".

The characters were kind of annoying as they were constantly going insane (eventually understood due to evil drugs being used) but I just watched the characters going, "well, that seems stupid and I don't care". Fell into the com
I wish I could give this 2.5 stars. The storyline hooked me right away and was intriguing, but not knowing Daredevil all that well the reveal of certain "big" characters left me confused. Also, the ending/explanation for me was weak. Almost the equivalent of the dream/alien explanation stories and movies fall back on when they have no creative way to explain what happened. Overall, I enjoyed the read, but there was wayyyy too much writing and dialogue for a comic and the build up in the intro ma ...more
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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 ...more
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