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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785134794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785134794
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 25.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alfred on Oct. 6 2013
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Enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Would recommend to anyone who likes Frank Miller or likes reading origin stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean-philippe Vandal-labrecque on March 7 2015
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That's a very good trade paperback! Frank Miller was a very good writer in 90's
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By TheGreatJman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 16 2015
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Amazing origin story.

Miller does some re-imagining here of DD origins, but overall this story was really good and on par with his work on Batman. Artwork by Romita Jr. Was also top notch. This is some of Miller's best work.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lance LKS on July 1 2014
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Daredevil the man without fear is a good book to read if you don't know much about the back story of him. Frank Miller does awesome job 're telling it but this is a story more about Matt Murdock than a Daredevil story
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This is how you create a super hero story for the real world Jan. 18 2011
By Comic Jackpot - Published on
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When I first read this, I don't think I was as big of a fan of John Romita's art as I have become, but I remember being blown away by the story. I was definitely in high school when I first gave it a look, and I remember thinking how interesting it was that Frank Miller wrote a super hero comic without ever making him a super hero in it. I was used to super hero origin stories that had the character in tights by page 7. This was 4 oversized issues of Matt Murdock never donning the costume once. It was amazing. When you don't have to worry about what a super hero would do in any given situation, you're able to focus more on the man (or woman). Just plain people have faults. Just plain people don't always make the best decisions. And just plain people have to live with the consequences of their actions. Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. were able to tell this story about a super hero-to-be, and somehow, never lose that feeling that he was better than the rest of us, someone you would want to emulate, while making him just as frail and just as broken as the rest of us. This doesn't get as gritty as Miller's Sin City, or some of his other work, but this Matt Murdock definitely doesn't live in a pristine comic book world where the worst part of a swashbuckling hero's day is getting that pesky cat out of the tree again. Matt Murdock grew up hard, he grew up quick, he made mistakes that he can never take back, but somehow, he grew up right, and this is his story. If you'd like to hear a more in depth review of this story, my friend and I have a comic book podcast and Daredevil: Man Without Fear was episode 2 at [...]. He's new to comics and I'm not. That's the dynamic. Also, it's only episode 2, so it was still a little rough as we were finding out exactly what we were doing on there.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
New Daredevil fans should pick this up. Aug. 25 2013
By Arely D. - Published on
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I highly suggest that you pick this TPB up if want to get into Daredevil comics in one sitting. Daredevil: TMWF does to Daredevil what Batman: Year One did to Batman; it gave the character an excellent origin story and introduced some of the big players from the Hell's Kitchen World.

As a person who is very committed to buying the good origin stories and major events of the heroes I like, I picked this up specifically because I find it so easy to follow and understand. The plot is fast-paced and never really drones on and the art is brilliant.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Miller handles Hornhead very well again. Oct. 21 2014
By Luquillo - Published on
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In New York's Hell's Kitchen, which happens to be a district in Manhattan, young Matt Murdock lives in an apartment with his father Jack Murdock. Jack does what he has to in order to put food on the table, and Matt is forced to deal with school yard bullies. Later tragedy would strike twice as Matt is injured and changed for the rest of his life, plus his father angers a mafia boss. -summary

It's already a proven fact that a majority of the time when writer Frank Miller touches the series of a comic character with a dark origin and potential for the dramatic, the story usually ends up either being hailed as a masterpiece or something quite close. His earlier works Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (1986) and Batman Year One (1987) revitalized the character, and his influence on the character continues to be felt up to this day. Ironically, before he touched the Dark Knight, he completely re-invented Daredevil back in the late 70's early 80's, by removing him from that campy superhero light into the grittier, noir atmosphere dealing with mafia crime bosses. In 1993, he returned to Daredevil's origin with The Man Without Fear. The story isn't a reboot or an alternate tale, instead it's an expanded retelling of the character. This graphic novel collects the five issue mini-series.

Miller resorts to the formula that initially worked in Batman: Year One. He removes that superhero element and goes for a more realistic narrative. The story in the beginning follows Jack Murdock as he continues his career as a boxer, and on the side as hired muscle for a mafia boss by the name of Fixer. He hates what he does and it nags at his conscience; to bring himself some type of peace, he reminds himself that this is for his son with the addition of a good ole' bottle. Matt is also very well developed and doesn't follow the typical route of a defenseless kid who is bullied because he's weak. Unlike many characters of this mold, young Matt actually wants to do something about it. Matt is also depicted as a young hero in the making as he saves someone's life, and as a result, his vision is lost due to radioactive chemicals. However, he receives the gift along with the curse, as the chemicals greatly enhance his other senses such as hearing and smell. The story begins to be even more intriguing, when Matt encounters a man by the name of Stick whom trains him in developing his other senses turning him into a weapon. The character development is very strong making most of the characters into believable people. Although several characters will make appearances to compete with Matt for the spotlight, such as Elektra and Kingpin, Matt still remains the most interesting among them.

The story moves at a pretty good pace and has many good moments. One of the things I enjoy about it the most is that it doesn't feel like a superhero tale. Once Matt learns of his father's situation, he doesn't don a suit and spew heroic lines of dialog; his intention is vengeance and nothing more. He delivers street justice in average clothes, which I think brings out the reality in the story. There's obvious influence in this story from Miller's earlier, darker works, and it succeeds here because Daredevil is that type of character for it.

Although I feel this is a very gripping story that's strong on atmosphere. It definitely has its flaws for me with Elektra being one of them. I see where she's developed in ways, and she also helps with Matt's character. However, there's times I find the supposed symbolism with this character as mere window-dressing, as she comes off as an excuse for fan boys to drool over. It's also pretty rough to determine how much time passes by exactly. In one segment Matt appears to be maybe 10 years old, and the only info you're given is, "weeks go by, months go by" etc. It's pretty difficult to determine what could possibly be Matt's age during all of this. I feel it was necessary to explain this, because it hurt the flow of the story in some ways for me.

Visually, the artwork by John Romita Jr. is excellent. The action panels are very entertaining and they have some very brutal moments, with guys taking big punches to the jaw and bullets to the head. The action follows Matt very well by letting the reader see how his powers work. There's also some very good detail in facial features. Miller does a splendid job with dialog that matches with the mood, and Miller's approach towards subtle description will key the reader in on Matt's crippling weakness without going into heavy detail. His narrative can appear wordy at times, but at least it's wordy for the right reasons.

Daredevil: The Man Without Fear could have made an excellent reboot story if necessary. It works out well expanding on his origin describing what the character is about. This is an excellent place to begin for new readers, and it's universal in regards to fans that this is amongst the best stories in the Daredevil mythos. This is one of those book that belongs in every comic fans collection.

Pros: Very good characterization and engaging narrative, artwork

Cons: Some flaws here and there
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Miller Daredevil's Origin June 16 2013
By Renan Rodrigues - Published on
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Miller was awesome in the 80's and these miniseries even if not the best Daredevil by Miller its pretty awesome,buy it if you like Miller stuff or the character Daredevil
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderfully Hypnotizing Nov. 25 2012
By Kassim Mirza - Published on
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If you like Daredevil, Miller's The Man Without Fear is a must read. It's one of those stories that draws you in and forces you to pay attention to it. It's not a story you can read absentmindedly or anything like that. It's level of detail is far too meticulous and wonderfully entertaining to allow that.

The only thing I need to mention is this: if you've never read any of Miller's previous DD work, then this title may not have its full dramatic and aesthetic effect. I'd definitely recommend reading where Miller picks up the DD as an artist to eventual writer in the middle of the franchise (these stories are collected in TPBs). It seems backwards, I know. But it is to me the best reading order for one of Miller's most enrapturing and beautiful writing tenures.