That deaf dumb dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pin ball!… O wait, wrong blind kid. Daredevil the amazing blind superhero is ready for action in Frank Miller’s Daredevil: Born Again. I’m sure most people know Daredevil from the feature film released in 2003 staring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. PLEASE do not judge Daredevil on this awful performance. Now its not nearly as scarring as the butcher job Ryan Reynold’s with Green Lantern, or Halle Berry in Catwoman. Now I will say that the movie does a good job of explaining the origin story and developing the protagonist vs. antagonist build up between Daredevil (Matt Murdock) and Kingpin (Wilson Fisk). For those of you who do not know, Daredevil’s origin entails Matt Murdock as a child gets into an accident resulting in radioactive waste damaging his eyesight rendering him completely blind. Daredevil’s super powers then derive from his ability to utilizes his other 4 senses who have been heightened beyond imagine. Matt Murdock grows up to be an attorney at law, who specializes in bringing down the criminal corruption that plagues his home town of Hell’s Kitchen. By night, Matt Murdock turns into Daredevil who uses a more hands on approach to taking care of Hell’s Kitchen. Stan Lee’s creation of Daredevil has always been an inspiring rendition of a visually impaired superhero, which has made for a great superhero.
Synopsis – As I mentioned before, Kingpin and Daredevil are always going back and forth, as Daredevil always attempting to clean up the city as William Fisk is trying to build his crime lord status and ownership of the underworld. Naturally the two are sworn enemies. Daredevil: Born Again’s main theme lies within building up the tension and explaining the hatful dynamic these two carry against each other and why. Early in the novel we see Murdock get his ass kicked by Kingpin and in fact Fisk sees to it that Murdock is sleeping with the fishes. To everyone’s surprise Murdock makes it out of this sticky situation and the burning obsession to fix this error consumes Kingpin’s mind and life, as he becomes infuriated at the thought of a loose end. The majority of the novel deals with Matt Murdock’s revival (hence the title name Born Again) and then as he is nursed to health, he takes a vow to carry on his Daredevil ways suiting back up in search for vengeance. Kingpin then hires the best mercenaries he can find to deal with this devilish thorn in his side.
Reader Reference (1-5)
Story/Plot – 2 (Very basic origin story, so do not expect too many twists and turns)
Artwork – 4.5 (I may be biased but I absolutely love this artwork as it is almost identical to Allan Moore’s Watchmen)
Dialogue – 2.5
General Concept – 2
Overall – 2.5
Publisher – Marvel
Author – Frank Miller
Publication Date – January 20, 2010
Page Numbers – 248
Pricing – Sticker Price – $19.99
Online – $16.95