The Man Without Fear

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When it comes to Daredevil – I am not an expert by any means.  I know that most hardcore comic book fans put Daredevil on the kind of pedestal guitar fans reserve for the likes of Eric Clapton – but I never quite got it.

The majority of my exposure to DD came in the form of guest spots in Spider-Man or other books that I collected at the time.  Plus there was that horrible Incredible Hulk meets Daredevil television movie. He had a sort of dorky costume that didn’t inspire confidence at all:

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He’s blind? And a Superhero? And a lawyer? I just didn’t get the appeal.

Then came Frank Miller’s The Man Without Fear.

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Miller had already made his mark on Daredevil before.  And also on Batman (The Dark Knight Returns – one of the best Batman/Superman stories ever – not sure which came first though – I honestly can’t remember) – the point is, when Miller worked on something, you knew it was going to be incredible.

With this series and the retelling of the origin, I became a fan.

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I hate to draw a parallel but what I like was the darkness so similar to Batman.  Here we have a child who is orphaned at a young age.  Like Batman, he is driven to find some sense of justice.  Unlike Batman, he’s not rich and he has a power – he’s blind as a bat (har har) but can also see like one – sort of a radar.

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As Matt Murdock, he fights in the court room as a lawyer – always for the little guy.  As Daredevil, he fights in the back alley’s of Hells Kitchen where the law doesn’t reach.

He has a sometimes ally and lover in Elektra, as well as a Catholic conscious and sense of guilt that helps drive him and torture him all at the same time.  All of this leads to a depth of character that is very appealing.

Plus, he has a arch enemy.  The Kingpin.

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With The Kingpin, the new, grittier back story and costume, Daredevil became something much cooler in my mind.  Everyone else’s too.

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Ugh. Yellow costume.

Definitely one of the best from Miller, The Man Without Fear is a favorite of mine.

~P