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Daredevil, Vol. 1 by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera
By night, Daredevil is a blind hero with super-senses as a result of a radioactive chemical spill. By day, his alter ego, Matt Murdock, runs his own law firm to defend the defenseless. A superhero law drama? Why, that sounds like a great idea for a"¦television show! And that's just what happened on April 10, when 13 episodes of Daredevil swooped down from the rooftops.
Before the binge-watching begins, or perhaps between episodes when viewers may need a breather, here are four great Daredevil collections that will heighten the senses--no toxic spills required.
- Daredevil by Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera: Yes, we're listing this first--because it's new, it's accessible, it's fun, it's immediately definitive, and it's gorgeous. This is a perfect place to begin with Daredevil.
- Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli: After redefining the Dark Knight in the mid-80s, Miller returned to his Daredevil roots in this self-contained story arc with artist David Mazzucchelli, and it's the best of the best: a writer at the top of his profession with an artist in a league of his own.
- Daredevil: Yellow by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale: This love letter to the Man Without Fear's Stan Lee roots showcases the early career of Matt Murdock, when his suit was a very Silver Age yellow but his adventures were no less thrilling.
- Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev: Hit-maker Bendis can do very little wrong in the Marvel universe, and his talents are on full display in this run. The noir is thick, frequent Daredevil foil, Kingpin, is a major player in this Eisner Award-winning run, and Maleev turns Hell's Kitchen into his canvas.
And let us never speak of that 2003 film adaptation again.