Today’s Super Comics: Daredevil #227-233 (1986)

Daredevil_Vol_1_227Frank Miller has written some great comics over the years…and some that, well, simply aren’t eligible for this series of only positive comics reviews.

But when he’s on, he’s one of the best in the business. And this Daredevil storyline, Born Again, is Miller at his best, producing one of the greatest comic book storylines ever to grace the newsstands—especially with the excellent work of artist David Mazzuchelli that perfectly fits the gritty world of Hell’s Kitchen.

The idea is simple: Daredevil’s ex-girlfriend Karen Page sells his secret identity for drug money. This information finds its way to the Kingpin, who then uses it to ruin Matt Murdock’s life. And things had already been going rather lousy for Matt in the preceding issues.

Writers are generally supposed to make characters’ lives hell, and yeah, Miller seems to have received that memo. Daredevil gets broken down so he can build himself back up. Events strip him to his essence, allowing us to see what kind of man he truly is.

And DD isn’t the only one in crisis. Karen is on the run, and Daily Bugle journalist Ben Urich gets in over his head while trying to investigate the Kingpin. Seven issues of nonstop momentum—tense and gripping the whole way.

If you’ve enjoyed Daredevil’s Netflix series, you’ll definitely want to check these issues out.

Writer: Frank Miller

Artist: David Mazzuchelli

Publisher: Marvel

How to Read It: back issues, Marvel Unlimited, Daredevil: Born Again (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 15 and up