Thursday, December 5, 2019

Review of "Daredevil: Born Again," by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli

Review of

Daredevil: Born Again, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli ISBN 0871352974

Five out of five stars

 This is a great story expressed in graphic novel form. While the overall story is a battle between Daredevil and the crime boss Kingpin, there are many intertwined plot threads. It opens with Karen Page, onetime love interest of attorney Matt Murdock very down and out, looking for a heroin fix. Karen was an aspiring actress, but the best she did was star in stag movies. With no money, she sells the one physical possession she has, the secret identity of Daredevil.

 This knowledge is passed along to Kingpin and he resolves to destroy Daredevil by destroying Matt Murdock. By spreading his corrupt tentacles throughout the city, Kingpin is able to eliminate all of Murdock’s legal work, keep his bills from being paid to the point where he is foreclosed on, leaving Murdock destitute and essentially friendless.

 Kingpin is ruthless and Murdock must rise from homelessness and being severely injured to the point of death to become the “Man Without Fear” once again. It is not an easy path and he finds some assistance along the way, eventually doing battle with a super soldier that is on a killing spree backed by the Kingpin.

 This is a story about good pitted in struggle against evil that is monstrous in both the literal and figurative sense. At some points it is about little more than having the energy to get out of bed and face the world. It is the best Daredevil story that I have ever read.

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