When Marvel’s Daredevil moves from Netflix to Disney Plus on March 16, a whole new group of people may start watching the show. This is a great time to talk about Daredevil’s best stories.
Many people didn’t know that when Stan Lee and Bill Everett first came up with the Man Without Fear, he would become so popular that he would star in his own movie, stream shows, and more. When Matt Murdock played Daredevil, he always seemed to offer fans something different than most of the superheroes who patrolled the streets of New York City. As Spider-Man fights crime, he doesn’t seem to push hard enough, and the Punisher always takes things too far. They also had a hero who was blind, which made him one of the first superheroes with a disability.
Marvel’s best Daredevil stories are being compiled by Newsarama, who is going through the comic book archives to look for the stories that have had the biggest impact on both Matt Murdock as a person and as a superhero. They’re looking for the stories that have stayed with both Murdock and the world around him.
1. Wake Up (Daredevil vol. 2 #16-19 Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, and Mark Morales)
After the trial of Wilson Fisk, “Wake Up” picks up where the story left off. Reporter Ben Urich is focusing on a different story: the disappearance of a villain named Leap-Frog, and the obsession with Daredevil that Leap-son Frog’s has with Daredevil.
Brian Michael Bendis, artist David Mack, and inker Mark Morales write and draw a thrilling comic-within-a-comic story that takes this story above and beyond the typical superhero fare. This is an early example of Bendis’ ability to get inside the minds of superheroes.
Leap-son Frog’s and Daredevil, the son of boxer “Battling” Jack Murdock, both have a lot in common with childhood grief.
2. Typhoid Mary (Daredevil vol. 1 #254-263 by Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr.)
As the title says, this one-off Daredevil story introduces the mutant assassin, Typhoid Mary, who kills people. She starts a relationship with Matt Murdock at the same time as she starts an assassination attempt on his alter-ego, Daredevil. Typhoid Mary isn’t just another love interest for Murdock. She is a real threat to Daredevil, too.
As a result of her martial skills, telekinetic powers, and dissociative identity disorder, Mary Walker could go back and forth between being passive and dangerous, like Typhoid Mary and Bloody Mary, at any given time. This made both heroes and villains stay on their toes when she came to the scene.
3. The Purple Children (Daredevil vol. 4 #8-10 by Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, and Matt Wilson)
They tell the story of what happened after Zebediah Killgrave (The Purple Man) sexually abused women and had babies with them for years.
Daredevil’s secret identity as Matt Murdock was revealed in “The Purple Children” storyline. It also tells a difficult story about the children of the Purple Man as they try to come to terms with their parentage, which can be hard for them.
There are consequences to this story that are now being played out in the Devil’s Reign event.
4. Roulette (Daredevil vol. 1 #191 by Frank Miller, Terry Austin, and Lynn Varley)
Readers get the end of Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil with “Roulette.” Terry Austin and Lynn Varley, two of the best artists in comic books, work together to push Daredevil to the limit as he takes on a Bullseye who is in the hospital.
This only serves as a backdrop for the real conflict, which is Daredevil’s decision to use lethal force to serve justice. He sees the son of a client follow in the hero’s footsteps by using lethal force to right the wrongs in his own life.
In a world where problems are solved with fists, Miller asks his superhero, who wears a red cape, to think about whether he might be adding to the problems rather than solving them.
5. Underboss (Daredevil vol. 2 #26 by Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, and Matt Hollingsworth)
Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, and Matt Hollingsworth are telling a modern classic through Silke’s attempt to take over the New York crime syndicate by trying to kill Wilson Fisk, the head of the syndicate. The gag order on talking about Daredevil’s secret identity and the immunity clause that Fisk had put in place have been lifted by Silke now that Fisk doesn’t seem to be in the way. There is an open reward for Matt Murdock. As Fisk struggles to get back to full health and power, his rogues’ gallery comes out in full force.
When this Julius Caesar assassination is changed, it changes the status quo in Hell’s Kitchen. It also sets the stage for Daredevil’s public outing as Matt Murdock, which would happen for years to come.
6. The Man Without Fear By Frank Miller
In the comic book industry, Frank Miller got his start with Daredevil. He was one of his best writers. If you’re a fan of Miller and John Romita Jr.’s “The Man Without Fear,” you should watch Netflix’s “Daredevil.” The show did a great job paying homage to “The Man Without Fear.”
In the same way that Miller wrote Batman’s “Year One,” The Man Without Fear is one of the best-known Daredevil stories. Miller continued Daredevil’s crime-noir makeover in a more small-scale, powerful, and personal way in this story. If you’re a new fan, this is the best place to start. It introduces important characters like Elektra and Kingpin, as well as the superhero himself.
7. Last Hand By Frank Miller
The movie Elektra was also made by Miller. Daredevil was written by a man in the ’80s. The assassin made his debut in that run. When she first came out, she wasn’t meant to be a mainstay character. Her popularity led to a revival by Marvel. Elektra’s first story arc was a short one, with the ending coming in issue #181, when she fights with the Last Hand.
There is a fight between Elektra and Bullseye over who gets to be Kingpin’s top hit man. A lot of people say that Elektra died here. Later, the Hand revives her for nefarious reasons. The Daredevil origin story is her first chronological appearance in the fictional world. This short arc shows her in her full-fledged assassin mode.
8. Born Again By Frank Miller
Perhaps the best part of Miller’s time on Daredevil was when he wrote the Born Again arc. When it came to comics, this one was one of the best for Daredevil. It also had a big impact on how season three of the show was made. Perhaps the best comic book show of Daredevil and Wilson Fisk/feud Kingpin’s is Born Again.
That’s what happens to Matt Murdock after Karen Page sells Daredevil’s identity to save herself. When people read about Matt over time, they see him get darker, more angry, and almost go crazy with hatred. When he’s in this low point, it’s a lot like the season three plot.