‘Daredevil: Born Again’ Graphic Novel Review

Comic book writer Frank Miller and artist David Mazzucchelli brings us Daredevil: Born Again. Brought during Miller’s run on the Man Without Fear’s for Marvel Comics in 1986, the story arc sees the hero up against his greatest challenge.

Matt Murdock’s ex-girlfriend Karen Page reveals his identity as Daredevil to a lawyer tied to the crimelord Wilson Fisk aka the Kingpin. Fisk sets about tearing apart Murdock’s life by getting him disbarred and later by blowing up his house. In his desperation, Murdock vanishes which concerns his friends including reporter Ben Urich and his former partner Foggy Nelson. Not satisfied, the Kingpin summons the mercenary Nuke who earns the ire of Captain America, but Daredevil is still nowhere to be found.

The dynamic duo is back. After working together on the definitive origin of the Dark Knight, Miller and Mazzucchelli are reunited for this story. The illustration taps into the pulps of the old days and it serves its story very well. It shows the vulnerability of Daredevil as a blind hero, but also his rage when he realizes he has been targeted. Bravo to Mazzucchelli for his work on this story.

Same to Miller. Tapping into the noir genre and mixing in that comic book pizzazz, he does an excellent job of bringing it together. You definitely feel the visceral nature of the story as Kingpin’s continuing war on Daredevil and how it starts to border on obsession. You see a man beaten, destroyed, and broken, but he rises back to face off an enemy that will stop at nothing to destroy him. This was truly a masterpiece and one that will be remembered in comic book history.

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