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Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson: Omnibus (Daredevil, Volume I)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  956 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Frank Miller's spellbinding scripts and pulse-pounding pencils herald one of Daredevil's greatest eras, just in time for the Kingpin and Bullseye's efforts to rob the Man Without Fear of everything he holds dear! Featuring the first appearances of Elektra, Stick and the Hand! The daring discovery that drew Ben Urich into Daredevil's domain of darkness! Such forgotten-yet-f ...more
Hardcover, 840 pages
Published March 21st 2007 by Marvel Comics (first published November 13th 2003)
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Anthony
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: omnibus
Actually finished the story parts of this a few weeks back, but I really wanted to read the long interview in the back with Miller and Janson. Glad I did too because the pair give a very informative take on their run on the book and on the character and even into the comic book industry itself.

As for the omnibus itself, well, look: if you've read more than 1 comic by now, you've probably heard of this run. And the reason you have is because it's as great as everyone makes it out to be.

I was a li
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Unai
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
A estas alturas de la vida no voy a descubriros el Daredevil de Frank Miller, pero como me hice de autoregalo por navidad este omnibus americano, que recoge el momento en que Miller se puso al frente de la colección, primero como dibujante y después como guionista, pues habrá que hacerle al menos una pequeña reseña. Dicho sea de paso, que tenéis esta etapa en tomos de Best of Marvel Essentials de Panini y en el coleccionable Daredevil de Forum, pero me crucé con la oportunidad de hacerme con est ...more
Serial  Saudi_00
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing


"The senses ……….. The fighting skills …………The acrobatics ……….they are just tools ………..But the man ………… he had to be inspired "

To be clear , I am not nostalgic . I haven't been introduced to the daredevil books until the last 2 year or so . Hell , if i had any shred of nostalgia , i would say i had it for the 2003 movie .


That being said ,I found it scary to jump to the old school comics , and witness the awkwardness and dullness of the super hero genre , that might only appeal for a younger me if
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Amanda
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hands down the best Daredevil I've read!
Marc
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-books
I read Daredevil as a kid, though not Miller's stuff. I liked what he did with Batman, so I picked this up to check it out. Overall, I really did enjoy it. It was great to see DD cross paths with the Punisher (my other favorite), get involved with Kingpin, see the Elektra storyline and tie-in with Stick and his mysterious crew.

I'll have to follow up to see what the series did with the last two in particular.
Jinji
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daredevil Frank Miller and Klaus Johnson Omnibus!!! Seems like I’ve been following Frank Miller’s major works through different publishers for quite some time now. From Sin City in Dark Horse, then Dark Knight in DC, and finally, we reached the shores of Marvel with Daredevil. This particular run was from 1979 to 1983 (Old school baby! Before I was even born!). Now, in the late 70’s, Daredevil has only been in publication for about 15 years, and at an erratic intervals (as written in the Introdu ...more
Raymond
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great Daredevil graphic novel. It deals with his background, pairs him with Spider-man introduces Electra and throws in the Hulk and Kingpin for good measure. Worth looking into if you want a well rounded introduction to the man without fear.
Romain Baudry
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Franck Miller pose les bases du DD moderne urbain et hard-boiled. On peut voir cette œuvre, urbaine, comme la jeunesse de Dark-knight et de Sin City. Lors de sa publication en France dans Strange, la série avait été censuré puis stoppée car peu conforme à l'esprit des "publications liées à la jeunesse". Une des pièces maitresse du comics des années 80.
jeremiah
Nov 04, 2010 rated it liked it
This omnibus collects the first few issues Frank Miller did for Daredevil. I really liked Daredevil as a kid, though I really didn't get to read a whole lot, so I thought this would be a fun read. I wasn't disappointed.

Frank Miller picked up Daredevil in the final issue of an existing storyline so there are a ton of supporting characters and plot points that aren't really given any introduction (understandably). This is all a bit confusing at times but with just a little bit of background knowl
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Scott Lee
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
At it's best this collection was easily worth five stars, but like most anthologies this size not everything was stellar. I do love Miller's portrayal of the Kingpin, and I love Matt's idealism. The issue that takes place entirely within Bullseye's hospital room with DD playing Russian Roulette with his paralyzed nemesis is a brilliant reflection on the inherent violence of the superhero narrative and it plays out stunningly showing both a cruelty and mercy on Matt's part that are absolutely stu ...more
Yazeed
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My love for daredevil started with the movie that apparently, everyone was hating .. it was one my favorite movies when I was kid ( replayed it to death!) and seeing how there was no more movies I knew I had to go to the comic one day because I freaking love the character! and here I am with a good start with what inspired the movie. hearing the story behind this and how frank miller turned the characters and the story for a full sweep of AWESOMENESS! made this an instant read.

started reading f
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Danny Daley
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm often apprehensive to assign Miller as much credit as he receives for his work in comics in general. Comics tend to take themselves far too seriously in recent times, and Miller's influence is much of the reason for this. However, Daredevil is my favorite Marvel character, and I have to be honest, this is a really stellar run on his book. Maybe the best run ever, though there have been a few great runs (see Bendis). This run takes the Kingpin, previously a Spider-man villain, and turns him i ...more
Brian
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This series was inspired by Stan Lee watching a blind man walk down the street without a stick, dog or helper. Stan Lee was so impressed that this man had lost the most important bodily function for independence, but he remained so strong and dignified.

To me, Daredevil is about potential, inner strength and the willpower to overcome all odds. Daredevil lost his sight and has had terrible things happen to him, but he still puts all of his energy into making the world a better place. We aren't al
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Mike
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of both graphic novels and pulp fiction
Frank Miller has become one of the foremost figures in the comic industry, and after reading his collected work from his historical run on "Daredevil", it's easy to see why. The pulp style of writing in the early stories harkens back to the original 'Batman' stories, but Miller soon hits his stride, blending hard-knocks dialogue and action with deep characterizations. Each story is better than the last, from the return of the Kingpin, to some of the classic battles with arch-enemy Bullseye, as w ...more
Dean Olson
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, best-comics
I think Frank Miller's Daredevil was the first classic run I tried to read. I remember having a hard time trying to get through it and really only enjoyed the infamous Elektra issue. In a previous review, I mentioned how Frank Miller is a terrible writer of women and this is just another example. Elektra is a great character but she was introduced just for the sake of trauma for Daredevil. His characterization of Black Widow and Matt's current girlfriend is pretty laughable. I will give him some ...more
Mario
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Daredevil was on the verge of being cancel due to low sales, until they gave Frank Miller the character, and everything changed. This omnibus explains why Frank Miller is a legend. This has everything that defined Daredevil for pretty much for a long time. So many great moments, great characters, and shocking turns of events.Regardless of what you have to say, all writers are just continuing Frank Miller's Daredevil.The artwork (The first issue was the strongest issue for art)was good, and conti ...more
Relstuart
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: super-hero
I was concerned there would be a cornucopia of Frank Miller talking heads a la Batman Returns and I wouldn't find this terribly interesting. I'm happy to say my concerns were unfounded. The quality of the story is low in the first couple issues but soon Miller and Johnson start hitting their stride. The Kingpin under their pens becomes a powerful and interesting character. Bullseye and Electra are both well written and add some interesting story lines. This is a must have if you are a big Darede ...more
Renan Veras
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing story telling, Miller at beginning of his career. For me Daredevil starts to be the high point of Marvel Universe after read this Omnibus, Murdock is one of the best character that i followed in those past years, he's not, a normal super hero, just a standard guy with a lot of trouble(or bad luck).
All the support characters has a great chemical, and see Murdock change the sides of coin everytime that he see than something is wrong is spectacular.

I recommend this book for every on
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Michael Rubino
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow...just wow. To watch Miller take over this book and this character and slowly grow in to the Frank Miller that did The Dark Knight Returns and Sin City was just amazing. I loved every page of this epic and will be on the hunt for more Miller-Daredevil immediately.

This was a huge book that when I bought it I never thought I would read the whole way through, but I was wrong. I didn't want it to end. I would have never bought this if it was not for a Free Comic Book Day 1/2 price sale, but I a
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Luca
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
Funny to see Daredevil from fighting men in gorilla suits to a brain tumor suffering Bullseye when Lanky Frank Miller takes over writing duties from Roger McKenzie. Quite interesting how Spider-Man villain Kingpin was reappropriated by this book as a Daredevil villain. They have zero personal history together, and Fisk is forced out of criminal retirement by circumstances unrelated to either Spider-Man or Daredevil. But the biggest surprise to a non-comics reader: Bullseye wasn't an Irish cartoo ...more
Paul Dinger
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing like firs reading these works. They were then a heady brew that included sex, violence, and gore on a level that no other comic could touch. And it just kept coming. Miller was liberated by the fact that Daredevil wasn't a big seller, sadly when he got going it did, and this brought the suits out with their ideas of why DD was popular. These stories are so great that it was here the movie makers came to to do their story. The movie was literally highlights from these incredible ...more
Claudio
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel
Though it's slow to start, Frank Miller's work on Daredevil revolutionized the character from its core. His genius really shines through as he strategically builds the foundation for everything The Man Without Fear is known for today. The care and finesse put into this groundwork is what allowed Michael Brian Bendis and Ed Brubaker's subsequent runs feel so gratifying to read through as Murdock's will and sanity are constantly brought to breaking points that would simply kill a lesser man.
Tyler Mccormick
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Starts off slow because Frank Miller was not yet in charge of the writing, but towards the end, gets much much better and well done as Frank Miller takes over the art and the writing. It's early in his career, so the true Frank Miller Style seen in Sin City and The Dark Knight series isn't there, but it still has Miller's impressive story telling skills once he takes the reins. Can't wait for the second volume to arrive via Amazon, knowing that one is very much driven by Miller.
Lily_arum
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kind of a slow start, but once Frank Miller starts writing (there were a number of issues in the beginning that Miller drew but did not write) it pickes up and a lot of core Daredevil ideas get introduced. However, I found the older issues were interesting for contrast as this is the first Daredevil comic I have read (and probably the oldest comics I have read in general).
Zachary Henez
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this run for the first time. I loved everything about what Frank Miller did with his time on Daredevil. The writing and the art is at a high level. This is an era of comics that I love and shows the impact that Miller had on the direction of comics going forward. This is a must read for any Daredevil or 80's comic fan.
B. Jay
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I recently collected and read the original issues covering the second half of this omnibus. While ninjas in comics, dark moody artwork and gritty story lines featuring strong female characters are commonplace now, Frank Miller set the tone for all of those things in these Daredevil run, as well as the rest of his career.
Darius Palmer
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Frank Miller is the reason why i picked this up from my local book store. I love the dark and gritty feel to this character and he does justice to another of my Favorite charters in comics. This also makes me wanna go and find Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev run of the character. I hear he has the same feel as Frank Miller does. :)
Jeff
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is really an excellent collection of Daredevil comics from the Frank Miller run, plus some related issues. I vividly remember several of these from my youth and enjoyed returning to them. Love Daredevil, Elektra, Bullseye, and the Kingpin. It's expensive ($60), but it's good!
Joshua
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Classic gritty comics. Daredevil is a great street-level superhero, dealing with generally mundane problems in these stories with more than human but not planet shattering powers. Great art and colors throughout, and really interesting shades of characters and plots.
Jenny Lynn
May 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Definitely could've done without all the sexism, ableism, and other icky isms that come with the 70s era, but it was still a fun read. Eventually I'll check out the Bendis run since I've heard it's good. But now I really just want more of the show :) Charlie Cox is so pretty.
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Frank Miller is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. He is one of the most widely-recognized and popular creators in comics, and is one of the most influential comics creators of his generation. His most notable works include Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One and 300.

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