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Daredevil, Volume 1: Devil at Bay

(Daredevil (2014) (Collected Editions) #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,686 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Marvel's fearless hero begins his most awe-inspiring adventure yet in sunny San Francisco! Daredevil has headed West, and he now protects the Golden City's streets from evil — both as a costumed hero and as blind lawyer Matt Murdock! But big changes are in store for Matt as old haunts and familiar faces rise to give the devil his due. The Owl is back, and he isn't working ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Marvel (first published September 30th 2014)
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3.5 stars


So this is an all new start for Matt Murdock. He's left Hell's Kitchen (after losing his license in New York), and he's settled in San Francisco.
Get it? Devil at Bay? Bay? San Francisco Bay?!
Yes, I know, awesome wordplay. And you're all impressed that I actually rubbed both of my brain cells together and caught it, aren't you?


I initially thought I'd missed something at the end of Daredevil, Volume 7, because it opens with Foggy being dead. And I was all like, Whuuuut?
But don't worry,
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
One of the crueler things you can do to a blind person is re-arrange their furniture without telling them, so Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, aka The Man Without Fear, aka Marvel’s blind superhero has no one to blame but himself when he moves to a brand new city - San Francisco.

After years of swinging around New York, knowing where every building, every tower, every hospital, every public bathroom is located, he now has to cope with chance of banging the family jewels on a random flag pole. Ouch!

Dan Schwent
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
1 - Daredevil adjusts to life in San Franciso and looks for a kidnapping victim.

Relocating Daredevil to San Francisco is a good justification for renumbering the series, I guess. Matt's law practice has new life with Kirsten McDuffie as his new partner. It'll be interesting to see Matt cope with fighting crime in a city that isn't all skyscrapers.

2 - While looking for the Owl, Daredevil meets San Francisco's other blind crimefighter, The shroud!

Huh. I read about The Shroud in Marvel Universe but
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhero, 2015, marvel
Come and listen to a story about a man named Matt
A blind lawyer superhero who carried a small bat
Then one day he was fighting a bad guy
And he decided that he could no longer lie.

Secret identity, that is. All over the news. Gone bye-bye.

Well, the first thing you know ol’ Matt’s been disbarred
The Avengers said, “Matt, you gotta give up that ID card.”
Said “Californy is the place you ought to be.”
So he loaded up his devil suit and moved to....San Francisco?

Damn, it was nearly the perfect parody
Sean Gibson
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
As a general rule, I dig Mark Waid. Also as a general rule, I'm fairly indifferent toward Daredevil (notwithstanding the Kevin Smith run, which I enjoyed immensely, and feel free to lob scathing remarks at me for that, peanut gallery).

So, let's do the math: writer I dig + character I'm "meh" about = 3 stars. This is a solid, entertaining story; it just didn't make me a convert to the Church of Matt Murdock. I'm not sure what it is about Daredevil that just doesn't get my knickers all twisty. I
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I tell you the truth, if this book had just been Matt hanging out with Kirsten and occasionally putting on the Daredevil suit to run around on rooftops and punch random bad guys, I would have liked it a lot more. Waid is very good at writing these characters being themselves at this point, and the scenes that are "small" are the best in the book. Waid's version of Daredevil, both in costume and in his civilian identity, is a very engaging character. I'm getting really attached to him.

But the
Sam Quixote
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
DC’s New 52 reboot made the company a lot of money in the short term and, a year later, Marvel followed suit with their Marvel NOW! relaunch which also made them a lot of money. Bottom line is: New #1s SELL and it seems both companies these days are scared of titles getting too many issues out, the high numbering sure to scare off prospective new readers.

So it goes with Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Daredevil, a title that ran for 7 volumes outside of Marvel NOW! and which has now been
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Following volume 7:

After publicly declaring himself Daredevil in a courtroom, Matt Murdock is disbarred in New York - but he's not in California. So he sets up shop in San Francisco with former New York attorney and - let's say "friend" - Kirsten McDuffie and begins re-learning the city he once lived in years prior. He quickly falls afoul of a blind vigilante called the Shroud who wants Daredevil out of his territory. Daredevil gets between the Shroud and one of DD's earliest nemeses, the Owl,
Jun 25, 2015 rated it liked it
A decent transitional story from New York to San Fran.

James DeSantis
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's actually around a 3.5 but since I enjoyed it more than most of Waid's run so far I'll go give it a 4 star.

Sure, the last issue was silly. Having a copier villain is boring. Even more boring is the villain behind it all being all "hahaha I AM EVIL" type shit. Listen, this isn't 1965, we don't like that silly boring shit no more. RIGHT!? Oh whatever.

However, I loved the chapter of Foggy's "Death". I also loved the fun charming feel of Daredevil staying here. Also the other "hero" in this is
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, daredevil
I really liked the Waid-Samnee team on Vol.3. Really. It was fun ("I am not Daredevil"), it was cute (Samnee rocks!), it was a real pleasure to read it (well, if you except the Groovie Goolies storyline which was pretty lame in my opinion).
So it saddens me that the beginning of Vol.4 seems so much on auto-pilot. For both authors. Story and art feel...dull. Not boring, not yet, but...It lacks of... wits, of power... of that little bit extra that made it a real reading pleasure in Vol.3. I won't
'kris Pung
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5

This wasn't Waid/Samnee best Daredevil trade but it was still pretty damn enjoyable.
kristen ♡
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, 2018
i’ve been in the biggest reading slump and especially for comics lately, and somehow this was so amazing i read it in only an hour! it’s one of the best!
Drown Hollum
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhero
I think I'm hitting a Daredevil saturation point. I sure do love the character, and you couldn't argue that Waid and Samnee aren't masters of their craft, but I'm starting to get tired. We sort-of reboot things by sending Matt to California, offering up a reasonable enough jumping-on point for new readers, branded under the successful NOW! label. The book is real pretty, and the story touches all of the familiar, functional notes as Waid's earlier work on the character. We have fun new elements ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People Who Thought NYC Was Too Superhero Saturated, Anyway
Shelves: marvel
Such a fun take on a character that has so often been weighed down by tragic plotlines...The colourful artwork and the savvy relocation to sunny San Francisco really help it go "pop!", in all the best ways.
R. Morris
3.5 Stars
Another brilliant chapter in the Mark Waid Era of Daredevil. Chris Samnee is an outright genius.
An excellent read, though I'm not sure if any of the 6 stories in this volume will resonate long-term and the last tale (Daredevil 0.1) is a total throw-away, hence the 3.5 rating.
Brandon Forsyth
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
There's something very BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES about the Waid/Samnee DAREDEVIL - and I mean that in the best way possible.
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-to-read
Sadly, the graphics in the actual comic book don't come close to measuring up to the beautiful cover art.
Wing Kee
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Change in status quo made for some interesting story choice.

World: Fantastic beautiful thick lines, panels, colors and emotions from the characters. The world building is great too with a new status quo for our hero after the last arc and it's fun and fresh enough to make it fun.

Story: The locale change is fresh and made for and interesting read from what would otherwise be a meh story involving the Shroud and the Owl. The pacing was fine but I just didn't really feel any interest in the Shroud
Chris Lemmerman
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you've missed out on Waid and Samnee's Daredevil so far, shame on you, but now's the best time to get back into it, with a brand new setting, new #1, and a great new story to start you off. It's fun to see Matt dealing with moving to San Francisco in a natural way, whereas most characters tend to just move on and ignore their setting as if everywhere was New York. The introduction of the Shroud and reintroduction of the Owl are both well realized, and the final issue involving Foggy Nelson ...more
Peter Derk
Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Magoo is back! And this time, it's bayside.

Daredevil decides to head on over to the west coast. Apparently, he lost his license to practice law in NYC, but San Francisco's liberal, hippy culture lets people do whatever the hell they want, and he's good to practice there.

It's Mark Waid, and the art is pretty great, so you'll have a good time.

I have a question about Daredevil on Netflix.

How many episodes did it take for you to get hooked? Because I watched half of one, and I was bored out of my
Stewart Tame
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good stuff! So Daredevil has relocated to San Francisco, and this volume is mostly about him getting his bearings. Mark Waid seems to have a good handle on the character, and a real knack for showing the limitations as well as the advantages of DD's powers. High points of this volume for me include issue #3, with Daredevil and the Shroud up against the Owl. Waid's Owl is properly menacing, and the whole story is a great example of a great plan that gets unexpectedly complicated and ends on a ...more
Alex Sarll
The theory used to be that, whatever changes befell a superhero in the comics, they'd be undone once a screen outing came along using the classic take. But Marvel, being fairly smart these days, have realised that synergy brings minimal monthly sales and you don't need your media in lockstep. So the Avengers film can smash box office records while the comics retain a black Cap, female Thor and bastard Stark. And as Daredevil hits Netflix, drenched in New York gloom, Mark Waid merrily continues ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
A enjoyable first volume for the newest Daredevil comic. Waid's writing continues to be fun, and quick-paced. I love his use of a classic foe like The Owl, who comes across well here, but also his good attention to a west-coast super in The Shroud. The SF detail is OK, and accurate as far as it goes, but not any big deal.

My only complaint is with the Infinite Comics issue (#0.1) which was reprinted here. It was nice to have it, but it's poorly paced and shallow. What a difference a medium makes!
Jonny Campo
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mine, marvel
3.75 not a bad introduction to Matt Murdock new life in San Francisco, but not the best in the Waid series.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
There are parts I liked and parts I hated but non I loved. Except, maybe, for the pun in the title.

I presume I'm not going to like the direction Waid's second Daredevil run is taking, although I think the Owl is a decent villain for the overall story arc. Nevertheless, it's the character development or rather character use that bothers me most. I have the feeling Kirsten is turned into a parody of herself, Foggy does less than in any pre 80ies Daredevil story and Matt... well, I honestly don't
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it
So, I'm not exactly hip to all the relaunching/scrambling/rebooting of the major story lines in comics. I may be wrong, but I thought that Mark Waid's run on Daredevil was part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch.

Every time I say Marvel NOW! or The New 52, a comics aficionado dies. That's how hardcore this is.

I'm mostly looking for a great story with great artwork and some sassy humor. I found it in Waid's Daredevil. To be completely honest, I had a bad taste in my mouth about Matt Murdock just because
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This is a restart for Mark Waid's "Daredevil" run as our lawyer-hero flees possible disbarment in New York City to set up a new life and practice in San Francisco. Learning a new landscape is problematic for any superhero, but the issues only intensify when you're blind and trying to leap from building to building.

But Daredevil perseveres and is soon butting heads with with the city's new crime boss. He also enters into a tense team-up with another blind superhero, the Shroud, who seems to have
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really hope I have been giving Waid's Daredevil books a five star rating for all of my reviews. I don't think I have ever seen anyone write such an original take on a character who has been around for decades with the exception of maybe Geoff Johns' take on the Green Lantern Mythology or Grant Morrison's JLA work. In the case of those titles, and Waid's work on Daredevil, they took books that the public had lost interest in and gave them a tremendous boost of energy and fun. I just watched ...more
Justin Sorbara-Hosker
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Somewhere right now as I write this, Marvel has got their hands on DD again, and are busy turning it into a Netflix series. I'm of two minds about this - nervous (based on the last adaptation), and wishing it was a feature in the MCU instead. No doubt that show will be heavily influenced by Miller's DD run, but the showrunners would be wise to integrate Waid's tone and feel as well. I'm a DD fan because of Miller but Waid's interpretation is still flat out great.

The move the San Francisco has
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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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