Review by: TheNextChampion

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It’s interesting to look back and see just how many legendary writers have written for the blind superhero. Jack Kirby, Stever Gerber, Chris Claremont, Frank Miller, Dennis O’Neil, Joe Kelly, Brian Michael Bendis, and Ed Brubaker….have all written for the character. But no one has written Daredevil in such a perfect way like Kevin Smith did.

Kevin Smith did this classic Marvel Knights tale to bring more relevence that was once lost by the superhero. Smith brought a ton of religious undertones to Matt Murdock, giving a heavily Catholic influence to Murdock’s ways of fighting crime. The story is epic in scale, from a very good fight scene of him and Bullseye; to going to a mystical area of the Marvel U with Dr. Strange and Mephisto. Other big topics are included in this story, including HIV and suicide, all relevent in today’s news. Overall the story is soild, and it still is fun to read and it’s probably the best Daredevil story ever written.

The art is soild as well, very smooth and detailed…sorta looks like a 90’s comic but doesnt go to the extreme to sell the book. Yes the now hated Joe Q drew this and although I might not be a fan of his editorial skills, but I love all the books he’s done in terms of art. I wish he would go back to that a lot more cause some of the varient covers he’s done have been pretty good. (House of M #1 varient comes to mind).

So three big things on why you need to buy this or any other version of this story. 1) Great story 2) Fantastic Art and 3) The best Daredevil story ever written. Dont see the names Kevin Smith and think (famous director? Gimmick) or see Joe Q’s name and think (OMD I hate this man!!!). Think of this as a breath of fresh air in the otherwise medicore storytelling that Daredevil has had for the last couple of years.

(and no I am not counting ‘Devil in Cell D or the new arc with Lady Bullseye, I’m talking about inbetween those).

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. I think Frank Miller’s Daredevil: Born Again is the best DD story ever written.  I don’t know if this would even make my top 5.  I would agree, though, that this is a must-own volume.

  2. If I may ask, what is in your top five? I can agree that Frank Miller’s story is just as good (or maybe even better) then Smith’s run….But I cant think of much else big stories that Daredevil has had. I dont even know some of the stories of the writers I mentioned, I just thought it was interesting to see how many HOF writers or future famers have written the guy.

  3. Bad form on my part.  Didn’t mean to disparage your statement.  I’m just jealous that Born Again hasn’t gotten a deluxe HC.

    For me Frank Miller’s Born Again is first, then his Man Without fear mini, then Bendis’s last arc, then his first arc, and fifth?  Hmm, maybe Guardian Devil or Bullseye vs Elektra.  Brubaker’s most recent arc is up there too.  Time will tell.  I really think Dakota North’s addition to the DD cast is a masterstroke.

  4. yeah, my immediate reaction is that "born again" is superior to this. the "twist" with the identity of the villain always seemed a little hack-y to me – look who just showed up and explained all his motives/plans!

    that said, it’s a smaller complaint. on the whole, the work here is pretty strong. and the art is hard to deny.

  5. Is this book a good starting point for DD?  Did Bendis’ work follow this?

  6. Yes.

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