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Daredevil: Born Again Hardcover – Jan 28 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Jan. 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785134808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785134800
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,069,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really love everything from Frank Miller, so I wanted to give Daredevil a try, even if I know nothing about the characters.

Born again is easy to follow, a good story with original plot for that time (still ok today). It is not as epic as Miller's Batman stories (Year one and Dark Knight Return), but worth the read nevertheless.
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I love Daredevil, and this is the best Daredevil story I've ever read. The 80s were just too good for comics..
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By Abe Al-Salaq on July 23 2014
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An absolutely fantastic read and I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great graphic novel.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Reyes on April 1 2009
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Going online and seeing this tale of Daredevil recommended in alot of places i decided to give it a shot. The art is great and the story is very very good. Growing up i had only known Daredevil threw the Spiderman cartoon series and the movie was an epic fail. But Daredevil was always an interesting character to me, a blind attorney turned vigilante in Hell's Kitchen he was also a level higher in my books than other superheroes who were brown gifted (ala Superman) because he was a character you could somewhat relate to because he also experienced human traumas.

Overall i would recommend this to any reader who is into the superhero graphic novel genre.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
All you need to know: BUY THIS BOOK July 23 2009
By F.E. - Published on
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I had heard a lot about Daredevil: Born Again and how amazing it was, and I didn't doubt it. I'm a huge fan of Frank Miller's run on Daredevil, but I always put off buying this book because I'm really cheap like that. So when I finally got the nerve to pony up and buy it, I was little worried it wouldn't live up to the hype. I'm here to tell you, believe the hype.

It BLOWS AWAY Frank Miller's previous work on Daredevil, and in my opinion even tops Batman: Year One or Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. I've read hundreds of Marvel comics, from the 60's to the present day, but none come close to being as epic as Daredevil: Born Again. It is really that good. Miller's writes drama and tension as good as the best Hollywood films. and Miller summarizes David Mazzucchelli's art in a blurb at the end of the story quite nicely:

"It's almost criminal how easy David makes it to write a script. He makes a three-dimensional stage of the individual panel, complete in authentic detail, nonetheless uncluttered and utterly readable. He creates actors whose dramatic range is startling, whose best and most compelling moments are wordless. He's talked of writing his own comics. Keep your eye out for them. I will. - Frank Miller, 1987"

(Incidentally, Mazzucchelli did in fact write and draw his own graphic novel, Asterios Polyp, which was released in 2009 to stellar reviews. Although I wouldn't know since I haven't read it yet... again, I'm very cheap.)

The hardcover is of good quality too. The only problem I have is how Marvel collected the issues. This book contains Daredevil #226-233, which were all done by Miller and Mazzucchelli. But since Born Again starts in issue #227, Marvel decided to stick issue #226 all the way at the end of the book, which doesn't make sense to me. Although not officially part of the story, #226 works as a prelude to Born Again, introducing some characters and elements that play a pretty big role. So I highly recommend going to the back of the book and reading that issue first. Be careful not to spoil yourself by coming across the last few pages of the main story. This is the only problem I have with an otherwise amazing collection.

My final advice: if and when you buy this book, read it all at once. You can thank me later.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Miller's best work. July 20 2010
By C. Michael Hall - Published on
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While Frank Miller's name is attached to some genuine comics classics (the Sin City series, Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, to name a few), his work on Daredevil: Born Again is, in my estimation, his finest ever. The narrative is flawlessly tight, with not a single page wasted. The characters live and breathe, and the intensity of their emotions is palpable. This being a superhero comic book (albeit one much more grounded in reality than most), there are the requisite action scenes, and they're explosive as can be, but there are quiet triumphs as well, with characters overcoming inner obstacles as well as external foes. Miller's characterization of his villain, the Kingpin, sets a standard for the character which has never been equalled; even a supporting character like J. Jonah Jameson (a two-dimensional blowhard who has plagued Spider-Man for decades) is given a voice at once familiar and revelatory. The unique alchemical mixture of Miller's words and Mazzuchelli's art is the absolute pinnacle of comics storytelling, and serves to remind the reader just how good comics can be when the right creators work on the right project. While many would cite The Dark Knight Returns as Miller's best, Born Again captures the title: DKR is a stellar piece of work, but part of its power stems from the reader's familiarity with the legendary Batman. Born Again, on the other hand, is so brilliant that one need not even know who Daredevil is to enjoy it. It's that good.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Best version available April 29 2012
By Tanner - Published on
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I'm not gonna bother explaining how good the story is. Born Again is one of Daredevil's most famous stories, and Frank Miller is legendary for his Daredevil writing.
What I can say is that this specific edition of Born Again is amazing. If you want to own Born Again, buy this one. Here's why:
As you may know, the original comic books in this series were printed on thin newsprint paper. Some die hard fans might say that's the only way to read it. I own the original comics, and I compared the pages to the art in this book. The pages in this book are thick, high quality white paper, so any part that was light greyish white in the comics will be white here. Also, the colors are much more solid. Where the colors look slightly pale and faded in the comics, the books presents them vibrantly. This doesn't mean the art was redone, it just means it's being printed in a much more expensive process. The colors still look matte, the way they did in most classic comics from the time. They aren't glossy like modern comics, and the book really feels like something that came from the '80s like it should.
The cover art is all there with original colors, Marvel logos with copyright 1985 Marvel Comics Group under them, 75 cent price tag, issue number and month, etc. The only thing missing is the black spider-man head logo that was being printed on the bottom left hand corner of the covers for some reason. Some are marked "Marvel 25th anniversary". Very cool. In the back of the book the cover art is printed minus all the logos and numbers.
There are then 24 pages of original pencil only drawings of pages from the story. This is followed by the typed script from Daredevil #233.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
My First Time With Frank Jan. 4 2012
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This incredible series was the first time I read anything by Frank Miller. This was pre-Dark Knight and showed me what exactly you could do with comics. While comics in the 70s began to make more realistic stories with arcs like the Harry Osbourne's drug issues and Tony Stark's alcoholism. But the story was when Frank started with Marvel, he asked to be put on the lowest selling comic and so they gave him Daredevil. With this, he created great, gritty urban dramas that took Daredevil from the clean comics world into the sordid underbelly of New York's Hell's Kitchen. Matt Murdoch became a champion for the downtrodden of the neighborhood, and it culminated in this awesome storyline where the Kingpin finds out his secret identity from his junky, porn whore ex-girlfriend looking for her next fix. The Kingpin then systematically destroys Matt's life and livelihood until he hits rock bottom. As alcoholics say, when you hit rock bottom, you find out who you really are, and in this story, Matt does just that. It is a story of almost biblical proportions of falling and redemption. For most people who are unfamiliar with Miller's lesser known works, as they are overshadowed by The Dark Knight, Year One and Sin City, this is a great addition to your comic library. Don't deprive yourself.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
One of the greatest superhero graphic novels of all-time! Aug. 4 2011
By UltimateFan - Published on
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I've always been a huge fan of both Daredevil and Frank Miller. I knew about this book and had heard about its greatness for a long time before I finally purchased and read it last year. A recent rumor I heard that there is going to be a new Daredevil movie based on this story inspired me to write this review. Let me just begin by saying that this book is one of my favorite superhero graphic novels of all-time. I think that even non-superhero fans would be delighted with this book, that's how wonderful this story is. Being a fan of Daredevil, I have read most of the other acclaimed Daredevil graphic novels, such as: "Daredevil: The Man Without Fear" by Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr., "Daredevil: Yellow" by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, and "Daredevil: Guardian Devil" by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada. Although I love all of these masterful works, it would be tough to rank any of them as high as "Born Again". It's that good. And as far as where it ranks among Frank Miller's works, I'd say it's even better than "Batman: Year One", and at least as good as "The Dark Knight Returns"(the book that got me into graphic novels to begin with). For those of you who've read these books, you know how much of a compliment that is.

The story here is just phenomenal. It is an emotionally charged, exciting, touching, tightly plotted, and thoughtful tale of redemption that moved me in a way that most stories from this genre rarely do. My emotions ran the gamut from tearfully sad to invigorated with triumph. If or when this book is turned into a movie, the theater will be filled with tears and cheers. This story has real soul to it. Miller, along with Mazzucchelli, show just how powerful a superhero graphic novel can be when done right. The combination of Miller's expertly crafted prose and Mazzucchelli's perfect sense of how to get the most emotion out of an illustration invites the reader into this gripping story of a man's(Matt Murdock, i.e. Daredevil) ascendence from utter hoplessness and despair to true enlightenment and grace. The arc of the character, Karen Page(former girlfriend of Matt Murdock's), is intertwined with and also paralells that of Murdock's in terms of redemption. There is much depth to this story in terms of character development and plot. And there are powerful themes at work here. Overcoming adversity and finding one's inner strength is chief amongst them. This story is a true testament to the magnificence of the indomitable human spirit. It's these kinds of stories that resonate the most with me. And when told by one of the most talented writer/artist tandems in the history of comics(such as these two legends), it makes it all the more sweeter. This is some of the most visceral and engaging writing Miller has ever done. And the gorgeous detail Mazzucchelli displays in terms of action, environments, and characters(particularly their factial expressions and body language) is, in my opinion, close to being unmatched in the field of comic book art to date.

One other thing I'd like to mention is how well this story holds up despite the fact that Daredevil isn't in costume through much of the book. It doesn't rely on the dressing to deliver a scrumptious salad. Many fans of superhero comics want to see the hero in costume more than not. I've found, however, that sometimes the best stories are actually the ones where the hero ISN'T in costume through most of the book. "Superman: Up, Up And Away" comes to mind. I was emotionally invested in that story about as much as any Superman book I've ever read. And being a big Supes fan, I've read A LOT! Taking away the costume can be a great way to really get to the heart of who the hero is. It also makes you appreciate the costume scenes even more by building up the anticipation of seeing the hero back in the threads that are, in all fairness, a part of what makes them so cool.

The bottom line is this: Whether you're a fan of Daredevil, Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli, superhero graphic novels, or just spectacular storytelling in general, you should pick this one up. Graphic novels don't get much better than this. A+