Recently I discussed how much I had been enjoying reading the collected editions of 100 Bullets. A couple weekends ago, I picked up two trade paperback/collected editions of comics I had always heard about but never read.
Daredevil: Born Again was originally published in 1986, written by comics legend Frank Miller and drawn by David Mazzuccelli, spanning Daredevil issues #227-#231. For those who are unfamiliar with the character of Daredevil – and that should be few of you given the amazing Netflix series – he is Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer-by-day and an acrobatic vigilante by night.
Wow, that really simplifies who Daredevil is. Shit. Ok, don’t pay attention to my inability to give a proper summary of Daredevil, but trust me when I say he’s a pretty cool character who has had some amazing stories written.
In Born Again, Daredevil’s ex-girlfriend, who is now a heroin junkie (typical, right?), has no more cash for her next fix so she sells the one thing she knows will get her lots of coin – the identity of Daredevil. This is then passed onto the Kingpin, DD’s arch nemesis, who uses this newly acquired information to destroy our hero but not in a way you would expect.
Instead of going after loved ones or publicly outing him, the Kingpin instead destroys Daredevil by attacking Matt Murdock’s life. He discredits him as a lawyer, as a person. He freezes Matt’s bank accounts and he loses his licence to practice law. He takes away every ability to live his life, removing friends and co-workers and even destroying Matt’s home. He is literally left with nothing. And its brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
I was really taken aback at how much I loved this story. I read some Daredevil comics when I was younger but I think a lot of the really good stories just went over my head as a kid. Reading Born Again last week, I can appreciate that the subject material is better served to an adult than to a 10-year old kid.
I’ll leave you with this, which contains a sentence that completely rocked me when I read it. Enjoy!