Daredevil’s resurgence in the spotlight continues thanks to Marvel Studios’ announcement of the next born again TV series for Disney+, but The Man Without Fear has had several stellar runs in the source material. It’s hard to name a single disappointing series in its comics, with so many talented writers taking the reins to tell something meaningful about Matt Murdock’s character wrapped up in absolutely gripping stories and complemented by interesting supporting characters.
Frank Miller helped revitalize the superhero when he needed a reimagining, and Daredevil had several other landmark story arcs in the decades that followed. People like Brian Michael Bendis have created a modern icon of a story, others like Mark Waid paying homage to its adventurous roots.
Although one of the most discreet writers on daredevil, David Mack wrote influential story arcs for the hero in his own right. One of these bows, parts of a hole, is now an indirect driving force behind what’s happening in the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now. Mack and artist Joe Quesada created Maya Lopez/Echo, and parts of a hole covered her tumultuous relationship with her surrogate tutor Wilson Fisk/Kingpin.
It was a compelling storyline for its thrilling mix of tragic romance and tense action, and it seems to have been set in the final moments of Disney+. Hawk Eye for the solo release of Echo next year, which should also bring Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin back.
Ann Nocenti is another underrated daredevil writer who has finally achieved greater recognition for his work. His writing gave way to grittier, street-level stories, and Nocenti also created one of Daredevil’s most creative and menacing villains in the form of Typhoid Mary.
She’s had one of the most sprawling runs on the character in her history, and her contributions to the Daredevil mythos can’t be understated. A touch of typhoid was an arc famous for introducing the terrifying and volatile nature of its titular villain, but Nocenti was also a writer for Miller’s underrated spiritual sequel. born again with Last Riteswhich was another hugely satisfying comeback for Murdock against Fisk.
Brian Michael Bendis
Often held in such high regard that some even think it’s on par with or better than Miller’s run, writer Brian Michael Bendis penned some of his best comics during his tenure on daredevil. Its run was received emphatically by critics, somehow managing to build on moody Miller-style crime-noir atmospheres while remaining self-contained and feeling like a groundbreaking run. at the same time.
Matt Murdock is at one of the lowest points of his life in this run (which says a lot for the character) as it was a massive crime saga dealing with Matt’s increasingly uncontrollable rage while facing the revelation of his identity and his worst enemies. his misery. It’s perhaps one of the most serious mainstream comic series out there, and it’s thoroughly engrossing and cathartic.
Following Bendis’ run on daredevil is a tall order by any writing metric, but Ed Brubaker has done an admirable job of picking up where the first one left off. Brubaker’s run on the show has been characterized by explosive events resulting from Matt’s aftermath during Bendis’ run, as well as some notable crossovers.
It was ambitious in terms of scale, however, some might understandably feel that the dark atmosphere overstayed its welcome in some places. That being said, Brubaker’s run has always been hailed for feeling thematically like an overarching natural sequel to Bendis’s work, maintaining the feel of genuinely high stakes and opening with one of the mythos’ most intense arcs. from Daredevil with The Devil in Cell Block D.
Frank Miller’s big debut in the industry came in the pages of daredevil, and alongside his acclaimed reimagining of the Devil from Hell’s Kitchen came many of Daredevil’s greatest comics. Since its creation of Elektra in Last Hand game changing born again to his Batman: Year One-like the Daredevil origin story in The man without fearMiller set a new high standard for how gripping Matt Murdock and his corner of the world could be in gritty, street-level black crime.
The latter two had a massive influence on the initial Netflix series (seasons 1 and 3, respectively), and their pulpy work kind of laid the groundwork for much of what was to follow in the following decades.
The current run of the series with writing by Chip Zdarsky has been widely acclaimed since its launch in 2019, and it’s a great story arc for beginner Daredevil comic book fans. While not as dark as Miller, Bendis, or Brubaker’s work on the character, Zdarsky masterfully balances street grit with the natural spectacle of the superhero genre in comic books.
It has its thematic similarities to previous races on daredevil, but Zdarsky does well to make this gripping story his own by asking fascinating philosophical questions about Matt Murdock’s state of mind and the relationships around him, while honoring his past and standing on his own narratively. . Likewise, it’s punctuated by thrilling action sequences and a diverse cast of villains.
When it comes to Daredevil’s most popular runs in history, Mark Waid’s run was something of a revolution in its own right to draw inspiration from the Stan Lee and Bill Everett days of the hero in a grander way. and colorful adventurous. In a rare move, this arc sees Daredevil move from Hell’s Kitchen to San Francisco, taking on a vibrant revolving door of villains in a new adventure.
However, it wasn’t over-the-top nonsense camp, as Waid’s run was praised for expertly balancing lighter, swashbuckling tones with dark, intimate character drama to further growth. by Matt. The argument could certainly be made that having Disney+ Daredevil: Born Again balancing Waid’s trademark color and drama with Zdarsky’s grittier, but suitably PG-13/TV-14 feel would be a great tonal compromise.
The time of Charles Soule daredevil is generally considered by longtime fans to be one of the weaker leads, but the fact that it still managed an overall moderately positive reception says a lot about the embarrassment of wealth the character has enjoyed.
Some understand that Soule’s arc reversed some exciting growth written for Matt in Waid’s previous run and his own ideas aren’t quite fleshed out, but the concepts he brought to the table were exciting in themselves. Further highlighting Matt as a lawyer, introducing a sidekick in the form of Blindspot with the Man Without Fear as a mentor, Fisk becoming Mayor of New York, a compelling new villain in Muse, and a sleek new take on the costume of Daredevil were a few positive notables.
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