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

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  4,654 Ratings  ·  201 Reviews
A scared teenager on the run. An infant child some say is humanity's savior. A former lover whose life is now hobbled by a terrible secret. A law partner accused of a horrible crime. A city being overcome by an inscrutable menace. They need a guardian. Someone to protect them. Someone with faith in them. They need Daredevil. "Guardian Devil" found Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chas ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 3rd 2007 by Marvel (first published 1998)
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Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
Well, this was a pleasant surprise.

I had precisely zero expectations for what to expect from “Guardian Devil,” based on the plot synopsis (Daredevil has to protect an infant from a weird organization that believes it will grow up to be the Antichrist)…but when I realized out that it also happened to be written by none other than Kevin Smith, the filmmaker behind “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy”? Well, let’s just say that I still feel like I’m falling down the rabbit hole a little bit with that one.

Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
Docked a star because every freakin' character talks like Kevin Smith.
Sep 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Paul Nash
Absolutely the best Daredevil story written! Ken Smith turned this story into pure magic!
“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
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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
James DeSantis
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I'd give this a 3.5 because I did like the majority of it.

First big plus for me is the art. I really dug the way everything flow, especially the mystical parts of it. The fights all looked great, and it was a darker take on Daredevil (if you can believe it) so it all jelled well together.

Most of the dialog was pretty good. I liked the plot, and the idea of having Matt challenge his religious views was both interesting and entertaining to witness. The death of a certain major character was hear
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compré este comic sin esperar demasiado, había escuchado un par de buenas críticas y como no se reeditó nunca más, aproveché que Salvat lo incluyó en su colección.

Esta historia sirve como una especie de "secuela" a la ya mítica "Born Again" de Frank Miller, toma varios de los puntos argumentales de esta y se hace referencia a dicha historia en varios momentos del comic. Hay un fuerte agregado religioso, muchas cuestiones morales, mucho monólogo interno y un Daredevil rozando al locura como ya se
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
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
William Thomas
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Brian Hodges
Jan 23, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Oct 27, 2015 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
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 rated it it was amazing
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.
Fate's Lady
Jun 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Ugh, where to even start with this, from the bad writing to the awful, awful art, to the nauseating sexism inherent in both, I just had a bad taste in my mouth from very nearly the beginning. Eventually I couldn't take it anymore, and put it down. And as far as the plot goes? I didn't even care enough about ANY of it to flip through to the end to see how it turns out.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
{2.5/5 stars} (Rounded Up)
A Meneses
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, in-english, 2017
This was weird.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Creo que los cómics no son lo mío
Este fue el peor cómic que leí en mi vida. Y revisé eh? Revisé no haber leído uno peor, y nope! Este se lleva el premio!

No me quiero quedar sin hacer una reseña que al menos puntee todas las cosas que me joden y me sirva de válvula de escape, pero por las dudas también likeé unas cuantas que comparten mi opinión.
En este tomo a Daredevil le cae del cielo una bebé. Se le encarga su cuidado ya que esta bebé es producto de un nacimiento virgen yada-yada. Esto no fue lo que más me molestó, pero para
Kevin Mann
Aug 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
Jul 11, 2014 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
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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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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