The miniseries retells and updates Daredevil’s origin and early days, working characters such as Elektra and the Kingpin into the narrative (they weren’t part of Daredevil’s world when Marvel introduced the character in the ‘60s—Miller created Elektra and drafted the Kingpin).
These five issues feel like a movie version of Daredevil, and the actual movie would’ve been far better off using these pages as its storyboard. (Thank goodness for Netflix. Fun fact: The black outfit Matt wore throughout the first season comes from this miniseries.)
Like any great action movie, these comics build and sustain incredible momentum throughout. It’s all very kinetic, both in terms of Miller’s writing and John Romita Jr.’s artwork. Their styles fit together perfectly. Romita in particular is in top form here, producing amazing images that pull you through the story while maintaining an appropriately dark, gritty atmosphere.
If you’ve never read a Daredevil comic, you have several options for a great place to start. This is one of them.
Writer: Frank Miller
Penciler: John Romita, Jr.
Inker: Al Williamson
Publisher: Marvel Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; Daredevil: The Man Without Fear (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 14 and up