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Daredevil: Yellow [Hardcover]

Jeph Loeb , Tim Sale
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Dec 17 2008 Premiere
"The measure of a man is not in how he gets knocked to the mat, it is in how he gets up." Those are the words blind attorney Matthew Murdock's father lived and died by. Prizefighter Battlin' Jack Murdock's murder set in motion a chain of events that exploded with a new super-hero swinging out of New York City's Hell's Kitchen - the blind Acrobat Daredevil! Retelling of the early career of the Man Without Fear! The Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (Spider-Man: Blue, Batman: The Long Halloween) have taken an inspiring action-adventure story and blended it with a romantic comedy. The result, highlighted by Sale's dazzling ink washes, is the heartwarming and heartbreaking story of two young people in love - Matthew Murdock and Karen Page. Collects Daredevil: Yellow #1-6.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loeb and Sale, Champions of the Industry. Feb. 27 2010
Absolutely Fantastic! Better reading is hard to come by.
The story is gripping and the art is always a treat. Recommended for anyone.
Daredevil Yellow is a dramatic revisit/retelling of the characters past and events that molded him into the super hero he is now, without tampering with how he got his powers or characters. In actuality it serves to strengthen character relationships that influenced his career and choice of costume. Along with some surprising guest stars this book is an homage to the classics.
Collecting Daredevil Yellow #1-6. By Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale an Eisner award-winning team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars daredevil: sappy June 2 2010
By pig doctor - Published on Amazon.com
Though most of the time I hate the work of writer Jeph Loeb, comic book masterpieces are formed when he teams up with Tim Sale. This book chronicles the early days of the Lee/Everett/Orlando/Wood Daredevil, but a lot of liberty is taken with those stories in order to form a simpler plot that revolves around the relationship between DD and Karen Page. The art is simply stunning. The "painted" coloring is gorgeous. The writing is fare and keeps the text brief (one of Loeb's only good and rare qualities). Overall it's pretty good and definitely worth having.

Daredevil: Yellow isn't exactly in continuity, because it contradicts events that happened in the first DD issues. The same can be said about the other DD origin book, Daredevil: The Man Without Fear (by Frank Miller/ John Romita Jr). If you've already read that one, DD: Yellow is like its sunshine-happy alternate opposite counterpart. If that sounds appealing, then buy this. If that sounds appalling, then you already know what this book's about.

writing: [7/10]
art: [9/10]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better April 13 2009
By V. Do - Published on Amazon.com
I am a huge fan of Jeph Loeb's Spider-Man: Blue (which I consider one of the most beautifully written and drawn stories in the medium), so I was very eager to get my hands on this book. Though its unfair to judge DD: Yellow in that respect, its impossible not too, since the two are so similar in overall story, art, and writing.

Like Spider-Man: Blue, DD: Yellow is a narrative of the character's early beginnings as a hero, and his reflection on his first love. For Peter Parker in Blue, it was Gwen Stacey, and for Matt Murdock in Yellow, its Karen Page. In Blue, however, Loeb was able to emotionally grab me as a reader, and I cared about Gwen's character, and I was really drawn into the melancholy and guilt that Peter went through over her death. For some reason, DD: Yellow just didn't capture that for me. I never really felt a connection to Karen Page's character- which was almost childish, and so, their love seemed a bit superficial.

Furthermore, in Blue, we actually see how Gwen dies in the arms of Peter. In Yellow, we are simply told at the very end, through Matt's narrative, that Karen died. Perhaps that had something to do with the emotional disconnect I had for her character, but it also seemed like a cheap, fast, and frankly, lazy way out.

Story-wise, I would give this book 3 stars, but its impossible to judge a graphic novel, without regards to the art. Where the writing lacked, the amazing art work is consistent with Spider-Man Blue. The classic look of characters really brings that old-school feeling and you can't help but look at the art and feel as though you are kid again.

Of course there's a reason as to why the book is called Yellow, but I won't spoil that for you.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four color look at Daredevil's origin July 27 2009
By J. Shurin - Published on Amazon.com
Yellow is a retelling of the Daredevil origin story. While Matt Murdock struggles with some unspecified ennui, he recounts his early days as a superhero and his romantic entanglements with Karen Page. Sale's bright colors and cartoony style fit perfectly with Loeb's attempt to make a bittersweet romcom out of the Daredevil story.

This is to Brian Michael Bendis' Daredevil as Loeb & Sale's The Long Halloween is to Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. (Complicated analogy, huh?). All these titles bring out the emotional, human, side of the hero's story. Bendis and Miller do so in a patently dark fashion; Loeb & Sale bring a sweetly nostalgic tone to the mix. Daredevil: Yellow is more about Murdock's PG-rated-love-life than his battles with his inner demons - and despite paying lip service to the grimmer side of things, this is a very Disney approach to the superhero genre.

Sale's art, it is worth mentioning, is perfect for this. Like with his excursions into Gotham, Sale's bright colors and bold lines make for a stylish and stylized New York.

Although certainly nowhere as good as as Brian Michael Bendis' run, Yellow was still a nice surprise. This is a bittersweet, four-color collection that isn't half as thought-provoking as it wants to be, but is a pleasant read nonetheless.
3.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B minus. Oct. 28 2012
By MISTER SJEM - Published on Amazon.com
A refresh of the earliest of Daredevil tales dealing with the main character's father first and then how he became a superhero and his first love interest, Karen Page. Of course Froggy, his best friend, is also in this tale.

It's pretty basic and shows how Daredevil's outfit was first yellow and then for a fairly good reason changed to red.

I would recommend this one to Daredevil fans like myself but if you're going to check him out for the first time there are better presentations, like the Brubaker tales. Start with "Daredevil".

Tale by Joseph Loeb and artwork by Michael Lark and David Aja.

ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: C plus to B minus; STORY/PLOTTING: B minus; ACTION SCENES: B minus to B; OVERALL GRADE: B minus; WHEN READ: end of October 2012.

SPOILER I would have liked to have seen how Karen Page died, since the tale had a letter in the background our main character was writing to her.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty but doesn't really say anything May 7 2010
By Kurt Conner - Published on Amazon.com
I guess if a story isn't going to go anywhere at all, it may as well have an emotionally powerful framing device, deliberately stylized visuals, and decent dialogue. This book does have that, as Daredevil writes a series of letters to Karen Page after her death (which is not described for new readers, although longtime fans will recognize the oblique references here and there) and reminisces about their first meetings. The art is a Valentine to 1950s NYC, as characters gather at a supper club and wear clothes out of old movies, and I do like the way that Sale captures those images, but... I'm not a fan of Stan Lee's original stories for any of his characters - his strengths have always been in the big ideas that later creators refine into something applicable - and this series, while well executed for what it is, is basically just a revisiting of those days without adding anything. For Daredevil completists only.
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