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Daredevil: The Man Without Fear

(Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #1-5)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  7,008 ratings  ·  439 reviews
A fire burns deep within Matt Murdock. He was raised by a single father, an over-the-hill prizefighter with one last chance to make it good - a chance that cost him his life! Taunted and tormented by children while growing up, Matt's life was irrevocably altered after he was blinded by radioactive materials while saving the life of an old man. The payoff? An unbreakable wi ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Marvel Comics Group (first published October 1st 1993)
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Solid reading!

This TPB collects the original miniseries “Daredevil: The Man Without Fear” #1-5

Creative Team:

Writer: Frank Miller

Illustrator: John Romita, Jr.


There are times when Matt is glad to be blind. People depend on their eyes for almost everything. They miss so much.

I knew about Marvel’s Daredevil. I have read a crossover with The Magdalena. I had watched that mediocre movie, but until I watched that TV masterpiece made on Netflix, it was when I really g
After enjoying the latest version of the Daredevil story with Netflix's new series it seemed like a good time to revisit this 1993 origin reboot that Frank Miller did for the character. It holds up fairly well although this story is more concerned with expanding the old story rather than making any changes to it. Miller avoids hitting on the major events of DD's life in order to focus on detailing the time between the accident that blinded young Matt Murdock to the first time he puts on a mask t ...more
Dan Schwent
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-comics, 2019
When Matt Murdock was rendered blind by radioactive material, it heightened his remaining senses to superhuman levels. But what happened between then and when Matt become Daredevil years later...?

On the heels of reading the rest of Frank Miller's fantastic work on Daredevil, this was the one Frank Miller Daredevil book left.

The Man Without Fear fills in the gaps between Matt's accident and his becoming Daredevil. Sure, there are some retcons, like the complete lack of the yellow costume and the
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The journey that transformed Matt Murdock into Daredevil had many twists and a few key people. His love for fighting came from his father, but he promised to be better than his Dad by not fighting. His life changed when an accident sprayed him with chemicals costing him his sight get giving back more than most people could imagine.

Matt Murdock's origin story is one I'm fairly familiar with even though I have rarely read any Daredevil stories. It was interesting seeing Stick training Matt after h
Frank Eldritch
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Frank by: Alejandro

My only connection to the Marvelverse comics for the longest time was with their X-Men. It was only recently--thanks to the movies--that I began to enjoy what other Marvel heroes could offer I go insane for Captain America LIKE YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE. Now, like most people in the early 2000's, I barely remember the film adaptation of Daredevil starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Gardner but everyone agrees it sucked major balls. All I can remember is that I did like its soun


Now, to be honest, I had never read a “Daredevil” comic book in all my life. The only way I knew about Daredevil himself was through the movie starring Ben Affleck that I saw years ago. However, after I saw the movie, I decided to check out some “Daredevil” comics and I stumbled upon Frank Miller’s version of the classic vigilante called “Daredevil: The Man Without Fear!” First of all, this is basically a retelling of Daredevil’s origin story since Daredevil originated in 1964
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who already know Daredevil's origin.
This is a really strange comic, because it's like an origin story, but told to people who already know the origin story. If you don't already know Daredevil's origin, this is going to be unsatisfying in a lot of ways. (Who are Stick and Stone? Why the interest in Daredevil? Why does Elektra seem really important for a few pages, then vanish from the rest of the book? How come Daredevil never gets the bad guy at the end?)

Having said that, Miller does a great job of bringing together a lot of poin

This is Frank Miller's retelling of Matt Murdock's coming of age and Daredevil's origin. While lacking the emotional power of earlier stories, this is still a solid tale of action and courage.

John Romita, Jr. gets a lot of hate and I think it's unwarranted. Although cartoony, his illustration style is very good and comparable to Miller, Janson, and sometimes Mazzucchelli, which helps it blend in with Frank Miller's other Daredevil stories. There was even one vertical splash page which was awesom
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Frank Miller's definitive five-issue origin of Daredevil from 1993.

Young Matthew Murdock, son of a Hell's Kitchen boxer, is blinded by a radioactive isotope in a freak accident. He discovers through his training with the mysterious Stick that he can focus his other senses and perceive the world better than most sighted people. Matt's father is used as muscle for a local gang boss, finally refusing to give in. He is killed for his insubordination and Matt begins his lifelong crusade by hunting d
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The definitive place to start reading Daredevil, if you're interested in starting with his origin. Despite the datedness, this is a solidly crafted origin book featuring one of the best superheroes in comics and sporting some great imagery by John Romita Jr. While this artist is notorious for drawing crappy looking, blocky faces, he's got a good eye for iconic images. If you're a fan of the Netflix series, the first season took most of it's cues from this book: such as Stick, the Kingpin, an
100519: i can see where frank miller made his name. story is sort of superhero template, but. images tell story. very well. i have never read daredevil before, but this has some beautiful, intense, sharp, images. i can also wonder who could have thought ben affleck and jennifer garner for him and elektra... just forget the movie. i have. read the book...
Miller takes Daredevil and tries to do one of his Year One adaptations yet again.

This story takes the original Stan Lee origin and expands it with Miller`s "contributions".

Nothing all that newe, nothing all that original.

I just got the feeling you get when you see one dog piss on a fire hydrant and a few secondes later another dog comes along and pisses on the exact same spot? Its all just one big territorial thing.

Niller is telling Lee, yeah, you may have done this before, but here I come along
James DeSantis
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Franky Franky Franky;....this is your best work so far that I've read. Which isn't saying much haha.

So the things I disliked, let's get it out of the way. The art and the Elektra storyline. Both are meh. The art isn't bad but feels outdated but everyone feels oddly shaped, almost dream-like. Then the Elektra storyline was both boring and silly and her character is so over the top it's moronic.

On the good side though I always did love to see how Matt became the hero he is. It goes through diffe
May 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
Like many reviewers who are appearing, I read Frank Miller's The Man Without Fear because I liked the recent Netflix Daredevil series. Although I read and enjoy graphic novels periodically, Daredevil was my first superhero graphic novel, as well as my first Frank Miller. I'm providing this brief background snippet so you can judge how much weight you want to give my review. Because:

The Man Without Fear was awful. Really, truly execrable. I was embarrassed reading it in public on the train, which
Miller takes Daredevil and tries to do one of his Year One adaptations yet again.

This story takes the original Stan Lee origin and expands it with Miller`s "contributions".

Nothing all that newe, nothing all that original.

I just got the feeling you get when you see one dog piss on a fire hydrant and a few secondes later another dog comes along and pisses on the exact same spot? Its all just one big territorial thing.

Niller is telling Lee, yeah, you may have done this before, but here I come along
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay. The backstory was interesting but the problem I had was how it was handled stylistically. Some of the illustrations were off (at one point, some blood was flat out lavender-pink) but mostly it was the narration that told the story which didn't work. The writing style was poetic, comprised almost entirely of short fragments that strung together into a story. This poetic style clashed with the action going on and completely mellowed it out. The poetry of it killed the excitement. ...more
Dato Kvaratskhelia
"He's a loner, a sinner, a lawyer who breaks a law" ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daredevil: The Man Without Fear was a five issue series written by Frank Miller and drawn by John Romita Jr. and for my tastes may be the best retelling of the origin of Daredevil. The books begin with the young life of Matt Murdock and his relationship with his father and the eventual accident that blinded the young boy.

Battlin' Jack Murdock was a down on his luck prize fighter. A single father and a drunk. Forced to become an enforcer and collector for the mob, Jack's only dream was for his s
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! This is Daredevils origin story, and what led him to be the man he is now.
From his childhood being bullied, to his down on his luck father. From losing his sight, and meeting his mother in the hospital and not knowing it's her. Then we meet Stick, Matt's teacher who's grooming him to help fight The Hand, except he thinks Matts a failure.
Next is college life, meeting Foggy Nelson (also bullied and tormented) and his great love Elektra (who's fucking crazy).
Finally, we see Matts boring
Himanshu Karmacharya
Frank Miller captures the gritty violent world of crime very successfully. The first act is very interesting and the early days of origin are very well done ,the final act involving the revelation of superhero is full of action and edge of the seat amusing. The middle act, involving Electra was, to me, the most boring part of all. Not only I found the character uninteresting, the writing in that part didn't impress me as well.
I am not a huge fan of John Romita Jr.'s art, but he has done a good
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Fantastic Daredevil origin. Great writing and art. A little anticlimactic but still excellent.
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I'm reading every issue of Daredevil, and I'm currently bogged down in the period when Gerry Conway was writing it. I really don't like his style, so I decided to take a break and read this limited series that Frank Miller did with John Romita Jr. back in 1993.

Miller wrote this as the "Daredevil Bible," and it's similar to his work with David Mazzucchelli on "Batman: Year One." You get everything that leads up to the hero becoming who he is, and a lot of things that weren't necessarily in issue
Jordan Lahn
This is genuinely a great book. I started reading it mostly to see where the recent Netflix series got its inspiration from, and while it's certainly entertaining to see how various elements of this series were adapted to the television medium, the story certainly holds up on its own and even makes me curious to go back and continue reading Frank Miller's Daredevil run to see what he was foreshadowing in this book. I am generally not a huge Daredevil fan. I love what Bendis did, but most of the ...more
I still haven't read hardly any other Daredevil, nor seen season 1 of the new Netflix series. My monthly Comics Enthusiasts Meetup group is doing this volume because it's the definitive origin story upon which much of the Netflix series is based, and apparently the two volumes that precede this one are less necessary, or perhaps Frank Miller didn't do as much of the writing?

Even though I've come to hate Miller for the racist, misogynist, xenophobe he is, I can't deny how great this book was. The
Aug 01, 2011 added it
Good but not great. Miller returns to the well, but without as much energy and excitement as some of his other work on Daredevil. This doesn't have the sweep and scale that would make it the novel that Miller wanted it to be. Further, there's not as much at stake as there was in Born Again, which just might be my favorite Miller Daredevil story. Elektra was a necessary, but slightly under-realized element of the story. Romita's pencils are nice. Worthwhile for the Miller fan and good to introduc ...more
Hikmat Kabir
A great origin story with some really fantastic artwork. However, the books leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Characters such as Stick, Elektra, Kingpin, come and go without much explanation about their ties or motivations. This is especially frustrating to those who are new to the Daredevil comics. I hope i won't have to look long to find answers behind the mystery behind these character. But overall, the story's good and the gorgeous artwork is a treat for the eyes. ...more
Julio Bonilla
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They called you Devil?

Finally reading this after having seen the final seasons of Daredevil and The Punisher on Netflix. This story has it all: Elektra is the temptation in Matt's college life, while The Kingpin is his arch enemy. I hope the next volume focuses more on Elektra, because she's mysterious.

Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is the origin of Daredevil by frank miller. And it is an amazing story that turns daredevil in a believable character. The art by Romita jr is also very good. So this is a must read if you like comics, frank miller, daredevil or good noirish tales.
3.5 - Solid origin story done in the well-known Miller fashion of that dark, disjointed and disturbed vigilante. The art work was interesting but at times a little sloppy. Overall a good comic. I will definitely read more into the series.
The Rudie Librarian (Brian)
I loved this graphic novel. It was a phenomenal entrance into Daredevil's world and I specifically read it because I have heard that the upcoming Netflix series is pulling largely from this plot line. I highly recommend it. I mean, how can you go wrong with Frank Miller? ...more
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