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Daredevil Legends, Vol. 1: Yellow (Daredevil Marvel Comics)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  3,793 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews
"The measure of a man is not in how he gets knocked to the mat, it is in how he gets up." Those are the words blind attorney Matthew Murdock's father lived and died by. Prizefighter Battlin' Jack Murdock's murder set in motion a chain of events that exploded with a new super-hero swinging out of New York City's Hell's Kitchen - the blind Acrobat Daredevil! Retelling of the ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 13th 2011 by Marvel (first published 2002)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
"The measure of a man is not in how he gets knocked to the mat, it is in how he gets up."

In this book we get the roots of Daredevil's story. His prize fighter father is his hero and he does his best to live up to his expectations. After something bad happens he starts a law firm with his friend Foggy. They hire Karen-who they both fall head over heels for.

I agree with my friend Anne that this book reads as more of a love letter to Karen than anything.

We do get the reason of the costume color ch
Feb 19, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it

Daredevil: Yellow is a sort of re-telling of the origins and his rise to fame as New York's favorite son.

This story deals with Daredevil coming to terms in with Karen's death as he travels back to the time he met her. It reads like a personal diary like Spider-Man Blue. It also gives a further detail into the changing of the Daredevil's costume from the yellow to the red one we all know today.

Along the way he battles a few classic villains, but the story is really more about the love triangle
I guess this is a pretty decent originish story. It's more emotional than action-packed, so it wasn't exactly a page turner. It read more like a love letter to the character than anything else.
I'm definitely not an expert on Daredevil, and this didn't really make me want to run out and catch up on all the back issues. However, it didn't sour me on him, either. For me, this was just ok.
Sep 28, 2016 Donovan rated it did not like it

Well, that was dumb.

I think I just read my first bad Daredevil story. I respect what Loeb and Sale try to do. But the Devil is red and he lives in Hell's Kitchen, that's his schtick. Changing that, and doing it poorly, seems like a fuck up.

My biggest complaint is that Jeph Loeb's writing lacks the emotional charge of earlier DD stories. He also needs to do a mini-series without retelling the origin. Leave the origin alone and tell your story. How many times do we have to tweak an origin?

The dia
Oct 15, 2015 Dimitris rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
In the early 2000s, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale revisited the defining moments of three Marvel superheroes (Spider-Man, Daredevil and Hulk) in three color-coded mini-series. Daredevil Yellow is the second story I read after Spider-Man Blue so my expectations weren’t so big. Don’t get me wrong I consider Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale one of the best dynamic duo of comics but the truth is that I didn’t like Spider-Man Blue very much. Nevertheless I really liked this story! Ok Blue and Yellow have sim
A refresh of the earliest of Daredevil tales dealing with the main character's father first and then how he became a superhero and his first love interest, Karen Page. Of course Froggy, his best friend, is also in this tale.

It's pretty basic and shows how Daredevil's outfit was first yellow and then for a fairly good reason changed to red.

I would recommend this one to Daredevil fans like myself but if you're going to check him out for the first time there are better presentations, like the Bruba
Jul 23, 2011 Kurt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I guess if a story isn't going to go anywhere at all, it may as well have an emotionally powerful framing device, deliberately stylized visuals, and decent dialogue. This book does have that, as Daredevil writes a series of letters to Karen Page after her death (which is not described for new readers, although longtime fans will recognize the oblique references here and there) and reminisces about their first meetings. The art is a Valentine to 1950s NYC, as characters gather at a supper club an ...more
Apr 01, 2014 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
An origin refresh for DD except this is more of a nostalgic look back at the past/early days. DD/MM is writing a letter to Karen Page, his first love, to express his feelings as suggested by Foggy. She's long dead but we see her fresh new appearance in their lives and what it does for both. We see the events leading up to the death of Battling Jack Murdock and how it inspires Matt to take up the Daredevil persona (and the yellow of the costume, as well as why it went to red later). It's a good s ...more
One of the strongest Loeb/Sale collaborations, this is another one I keep going back to. With all the gritty, street-level shenanigans that happened recently to Matt Murdock/Daredevil, this book offers a comforting look at a by-gone era, where no one really got hurt, and the mood was much lighter.

As with the other "colour" books of Loeb & Sale (the others being Spider-Man: Blue, Hulk: Gray, and [the aborted] Captain America: White), the structure of the story is a letter written by the hero
Scott Sigler
Jun 29, 2015 Scott Sigler rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Lovely storytelling that touched me deeply. Even though I know the story of Foggy and Matt, the way they spun this story had me riveted.
Apr 15, 2016 Jedhua rated it liked it
Book Info: This collection contains Daredevil: Yellow issues #1-6.

{2.5/5 stars}


From the first five pages alone, I thought without a doubt this would be a superior origin story to The Man Without Fear . Of particular note was the fact that, not only did Loeb use first-person narration (unlike Miller did), but he altered Matt's classic origin story in one specific and interesting way; in this story, Matt's father (Jack Murdock) is still alive when Matt himself is already a college-aged adult. I
Sarah Actually
I'm obsessed with the Netflix show so I picked this up. I'm glad I did, but I'm not sure I'm going to keep going with Daredevil comics after this. I like it when female characters are treated like people, not objects to win back and forth. Also Foggy was even more annoying in this book than he was in the show, which is really saying something.
Dec 31, 2014 Kit rated it really liked it
Really more of a 4.5/5, this Daredevil story may be perfect, if I am in the right mood.

I have always been fond of this team, but rarely do I find them more effective than I do here. Daredevil: Yellow is written so beautifully, and, I might add, tactfully, that it feels as refresh and foggy as an autumn rain at the same time. There is a near-perfect marriage between art and text that I feel would allow the book an excellent stand-alone status.

I think what I appreciate most about Yellow is the ma
Feb 26, 2016 Blindzider rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This was a reread for me. Haven't read this since it initially came out. I was pretty enamored with it then because at the time, writing the origin from Murdock's point of view was fairly original, and then to wrap that in a modern letter to Karen was truly unique.

Now, I still think it is a good story. There's a good sense of Matt's true feelings about his dad and just how quickly he and Karen hit it off. While you do get a good idea of what Matt's personality is through his thoughts, the rest s
Jeff Lanter
Jun 03, 2013 Jeff Lanter rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I had heard good things about this "origin" story of Daredevil and I have to say that I am not the right audience for it at all. I'm not entirely sure what the purpose of this Daredevil story is either. The tone is not realistic or noir in Yellow, but more of the light-hearted superhero story from older times. If you've read my reviews of Daredevil, you know that I personally don't want that in a Daredevil story and was probably always likely to not enjoy Yellow. I've heard people describe this ...more
Jun 30, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this retelling of the early career of The Man Without Fear, the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale have taken an inspiring action adventure story and blended it with a romantic comedy. The result is the heartwarming and heartbreaking story of two young people in love--Matthew Murdock and Karen Page.
Brijesh Kartha
Jul 13, 2015 Brijesh Kartha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful tale

A simple tale beautifully woven and crafted, well written and well illustrated. We go through the beginning days of Daredevil through the perspective of his feelings for Karen. A must have book for the Daredevil fan. I read it on the iPad Kindle app and it was a nice experience.
Tristan Palmer
Dec 27, 2010 Tristan Palmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great volume in the Loeb/Sale color series for Marvel. It goes deep on the father/son relationship while exploring that first love that we all remember. A solid book, written well and perfectly accompanied with the are of Tim Sale.
Hone Haapu
Jul 22, 2016 Hone Haapu rated it really liked it
It must be noted that my entry point for Daredevil is the recent Netflix series. Yes I did watch the movie, but I didnt view or think about the movie in terms of its relation to the comicbook. So it doesnt count. That being said, I enjoyed this collection.

The Good
- I felt there was a very distinct change in the drawing style between Matt Murdock and Daredevil. It reinforces the personna that Murdock steps into.
- That Killgrave is a Daredevil baddy in this run. Does this mean a potential Jessica
Emily Green
Jul 22, 2012 Emily Green rated it liked it
Jeph Loeb's Daredevil: Yellow is the epistolary tale of how Matt Murdoch became Daredevil. The epistle format offers not only the impetus for the story, but also the opportunity for an emotional telling. In Yellow, Murdoch tells the origin of his superhero persona, his love, and his father's death, all while addressing his dead love, Karen.

The relationship Murdoch had with his father is presented as simple and loving, but it becomes clear that beneath the admiration are questioning and defiance
Drown Hollum
Nov 14, 2013 Drown Hollum rated it really liked it
Having recently been knee-deep in Mark Waid's award winning Daredevil run, I decided it was about time to take on "Yellow". Similar to Waid's run, Loeb and Sale's 2001 series screams of classic throwbacks and a more lighthearted superhero story than Daredevil usually finds himself in. While the driving themes of the story remain revenge and grief, we're given an extended look at Foggy, Karen, Matt and their team dynamic in the early days of Nelson and Murdock. Knowing everything that happens nex ...more
Jul 08, 2016 Nicolas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm a little on the fence with this one. It's basically a Daredevil origin story, but it ends before anything really happens. It's assumed that you already know the story and what happens to the characters. The whole book was building to something (the relationship between Daredevil & Karen Paige), but when it came time to resolve it just said "but you already know that story." The thing is, I don't. I have no idea. Good for the most part, but don't choose this as the first Daredevil you rea ...more
Kevin Mann
Sep 27, 2012 Kevin Mann rated it liked it
The artwork is stunning. Some of the BEST daredevil artwork EVER. The writing is arguably superb. Yet it didnt move me like i thought it would. But if you already are well versed in dardevil lore, (or even aren't ,for that matter!), it isnt essential. Or vital. It is just sort of "there" ....and looks great! Skimpy, but very well constructed, mildly entertaining., but not "knock-your-socks-off entertaining. I cant imagine bothering with this at all, though, if the art wasnt so mind-blowing. I fo ...more
Dec 18, 2011 Dirk rated it liked it
You know, I used to know this artist who always said that there was no such thing as a bad comic character, that there were instead an overabundance of characters that no one had bothered to do anything interesting with. I mention this because Daredevil isn't one of those characters, like not even a little, like not at all. Between Miller and Bendis you'd almost have to conclude that every better than average Daredevil story that has been told has been told and moreover, told in the way told in ...more
Erin Regneri Osborne
Jul 25, 2015 Erin Regneri Osborne rated it it was amazing
Another one that I read because my husband said I should, but this is probably one of the best. Though I'm not a Marvel fan so much as a DC fan, I really got into the Daredevil series on Netflix. Since I really liked SPIDER-MAN: BLUE, my husband told me that I'd like this book, and I have to say that if all you know of Daredevil is the Netflix show, this is the book for you. Between this book and the Netflix original, I've managed to forget the abysmal Ben Affleck movie, so that's something righ ...more
Matt Knippel
Mar 03, 2015 Matt Knippel rated it really liked it
whenever Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale team up its always worth your time and these two tackling Daredevil is something of a dream come true. there's a lot of good Daredevil books out there, tons of awesome writers have worked w/ him, and this deserves to be added to that canon. this is a lot like that Spider-Man book they did w/ the narration being a letter DD is writing to the deceased love of his life, allowing him to tell his story of how he became the hero he is. it's all very well done, Sale's ar ...more
Tar (Smoke)
Aug 16, 2016 Tar (Smoke) rated it liked it

Está muy bien inspirado en el cine clásico, con guiños incluso. Protagonista bastante "tontalculo" incluida.

El dibujo es precioso la mayor parte del tiempo igual que el color.

Lo que más me ha sobrado han sido las apariciones de otros supers al final cosas de la vida.
Damion Cavicchio
Sep 25, 2015 Damion Cavicchio rated it it was ok
Not bad. Very basic beginners guide to daredevil. If you have read a lot of other daredevil, then you have already read this.
Brandon Forsyth
Sep 27, 2014 Brandon Forsyth rated it liked it
I only know these guys from their stellar Batman books, so I was pleased to see that they had tackled one of my favourite Marvel characters as well. Sadly, the story is just a rehash of Stan Lee's origin stories, including the regrettable Purple Man, but Sale's work always impresses.
Jun 25, 2016 Jimmy rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading about the superhero known as Daredevil and I enjoyed it. What prompted me to read this work is because of the name of the writer and the artist whom I enjoyed seeing their previous works on Batman. I really like the storytelling ability of author Jeph Loeb and also the artistic presentation of Tim Sale whose drawing and colors are believable compared to some comics about superheroes while he also masterfully gives us colors and facial expression of character that is ...more
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Joseph "Jeph" Loeb III is an Emmy and WGA nominated American film and television writer, producer and award-winning comic book writer. Loeb was a Co-Executive Producer on the NBC hit show Heroes, and formerly a producer/writer on the TV series Smallville and Lost.

A four-time Eisner Award winner and five-time Wizard Fan Awards winner (see below), Loeb's comic book career includes work on many major
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