Graphic Novel Review: Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller, Art by David Mazzucchelli

Born Again by Frank Miller is without a doubt one of the most maturely written Daredevil story. It starts off with the tragic case of Karen Page’s drug addiction. Unfortunately for her it got severely bad that she traded The Daredevil’s identity just to get a fix.

As The Daredevil’s identity travels from person to person. It eventually got into the hands of The Kingpin. This information in hand, The Kingpin devised a plan to destroy everything around Matthew Murdock and ensure’s he suffers before delivering the Coup de Grace.

Whenever you search a top ten list of comics, without a doubt Daredevil is mentioned. It might be the fact that the character is incredibly grounded that readers might actually see, no pun intended themselves be that person. He’s not a millionaire, doesn’t have superpowers but rather heightened senses, though that barely counts as a superpower. However most of the times he’s vulnerable. And in Born Again we see his vulnerability affect him to an incredible extent. We see him beaten down, broken, barely alive and we empathize. We want him to make it, to get revenge on the Kingpin. However this is not a revenge story but more of a fall and rise story.

It reminds us that some heroes are also human, that heroes also have emotions likewise a breaking point. As we see Matthew Murdock in his, some of us may know how it feels to be at the very bottom to the point of having absolutely nothing to lose. That itself is the driving point of the story and it wonderfully written.

The art is off 80-90s comics and it is beautiful to look at. Characters like Ben Urich, The Kingpin and also Karen Page are fleshed out and adds substance to the story. The only real complain that I would point out is how underwhelming the ending is. That said, it is still an amazing story and one which is worth reading.

Rating: 4/5

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One thought on “Graphic Novel Review: Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller, Art by David Mazzucchelli

  1. I know what you mean about the ending, seemed to me as if some editorial decision to resolve the Nuke character within the story arc was in play, along with some fireworks. I don’t let it spoil, what is a extraordinary piece of comic-book narrative.

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