Daredevil: Born Again

I started reading comics in the 90s. Most of what I know about stories that were written before that time come from either speaking with someone who had read them, or previous stories being mentioned on the books that I actually read. Sure, over the years, I tried a few times to go back and read some of the older stuff, but it usually felt incredibly dated. To me, they generally weren’t that exciting.

In short, most of the ones I tried to read weren’t fun for me.

Then, I read Born Again.

Most of you out there have probably heard of Frank Miller. If not, you’re probably familiar with his work: The Dark Knight Returns, 300, and Sin City. They were all written by Frank Miller. With all of that under his belt, in my opinion, his greatest comic achievement was his work on Daredevil.

He created Stick. He created The Chaste. He created Elektra and he created The Hand. Miller was also responsible for making the Kingpin the villain that he is today. Before Frank took over the reigns on Daredevil, the Kingpin was just another mob boss that battled Spider-Man from time to time. With Born Again, Frank Miller turned him into the plotting, scheming criminal mastermind that we know now.

I don’t want to give away too much, so here is the synopsis of the story as it appears on marvel.com:

Karen Page, Matt Murdock’s former lover, has traded away the Man Without Fear’s secret identity for a drug fix. Now, Daredevil must find strength as the Kingpin of Crime wastes no time taking him down as low as a human can get.

Originally published in 1986, this story was one of the few comics I’ve read from the 80s, or before, that didn’t seem dated. A few of the details within the story were dated, such as a hotel room only costing $8 a night, but the story itself held up really well.

And, if the rumors are to be believed, the Born Again story is going to be the basis for season 3 of Daredevil’s Netflix series.

I can see that. There was enough done in season 2 that could lead up to the events of Born Again. It’d be a little bit different, but the main plot would stay the same. Hell, Daredevil’s last scene in The Defenders came straight from the pages of Born Again. It was identical.

If you’re a fan of Daredevil, you need to read this book. It is one of the best Daredevil stories out there.

Daredevil

I don’t know what it is about The Man Without Fear,  but for some reason I’ve always been drawn to him. He’s not very powerful. He’s not a mechanical genius. He doesn’t have all of those wonderful toys. So, why do I consider him to be one of my favorite comic book characters?

I don’t know.

Maybe it’s because of all of those things that I like him. He doesn’t have all the gadgets like Batman. He doesn’t have the technical know how like Iron Man. He doesn’t have a lot of awesome powers like Superman. Hell, Daredevil’s powers are pretty weak…

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A New Story?

I have an idea for a new story. The problem is that I’m not sure I want to write it. It’s not that I don’t like my story idea, or that I don’t think I can pull it off. I just don’t know if I want to put time and effort into something that, unless a miracle happens, will never come into fruition.
The story idea came about when a couple of us were talking at work. A question came up that got us all thinking: if you could write any comic book, what would it be?
There are lots of comic books that it would be cool to write for: Daredevil, Nightwing, or Wolverine. The more I thought about it, though,  the less I wanted to do those characters. I love those characters and I’m not sure I’d be able to do them justice.
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What Do You Think?

In addition to the Versus matchups we come up with at work (I’ll get to my next one soon….I hope), we also come up with hypothetical situations and go back and forth on our opinions on them. Like Versus, these situations involve movies/books/TV shows/comic book things that just happen to catch our attention. For example, we discussed which movie character, from a movie not set in a science fiction/comic book world, would be best suited to wear a Green Lantern ring. I personally think it would be Rocky. For sheer willpower, never-gonna-quit attitude, nobody can match the Italian Stallion.

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5 Comic Book/Superhero Movies They Need To Make/Remake

Since there have been many of these movies lately, and more on the way, I decided to give my opinion on which ones should be done next. Some of these I want to see done because of my comic book geekery. Some of them I want to see done because…. well, it’d just be awesome.

I’d like to start off by saying that I don’t pay enough attention to movie news to know if any of these are actually in  production or not. For all I know, all 5 of them are filming right now (which would be 33 grams of kick ass). Of course, a couple of these will never be made unless I win the lottery or something. Let’s start off with the first one on my list. Continue reading

Fall From Grace

After doing my post participating in Matticus’ Tug-of-War, it put me in the mood to read comics again. While I got rid of most of my comics years ago, when I stopped collecting (I just didn’t have the room for them anymore), I still have some of my trade paperbacks. To get my comics fix, I looked through those.

I noticed that I only have books from two characters now. It’s one character from each DC and Marvel. From DC, it’s Nightwing. From Marvel, it’s Daredevil. While I loves me some Nightwing, I had to grab one of the Daredevil books because…well…. Marvel.

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