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Daredevil: The Man Without Fear

To tell you the truth, I have never been able to pin down why comic books end up being movies. I mean sure, most movies start out as scripts and storyboards (which are similar enough to comics as to make them the lazy cinematographer's dream source material), but it puzzles me how some of the content gets passed: a movie about a guy who wears red underwear, tights, and is afraid of some stupid glowing rocks? Who goes to see that? The answer is, of course, "everyone".

Characters like Superman and Batman have a universal appeal. They are pop-culture icons unto themselves and are two of the few modern literary characters (aside from the Books Of Magic rip-off Harry Potter) that almost every living person has some familiarity with. That's probably the reason that their movies (despite the content of some of the more recent ones, i.e.: roast in Hell, Joel Schumacher) are usually well received. Heck, look at Spider-Man: a comic book on film and little else, and it becomes the highest grossing movie in decades.

All this talk of celluloid and movie jive brings me around to the point: Daredevil comes out on Friday. And Daredevil has some problems in front of it that may not sit well with the populace; namely that no one knows who Daredevil is.

He's just not the most popular character outside of the comic book community and that may hurt the movie's chances at grossing the kind of numbers that all fanboys (and probably several movie execs) want to see. So the question arises on how to get people familiar with the character.

The answer is Daredevil: The Man Without Fear, written by Frank Miller and drawn by the man making Incredible Hulk readable again, John Romita Jr. This is the book that made me like Daredevil.

Miller does some of his best work (or rather did some of his best work. Miller's stuff is like wine: it's better the older it is) in re-writing the origin of Daredevil, though not enough to warrant the now infamous "Ultimate" tag that Marvel loves (if you've been following Ultimate Daredevil & Elektra, you might notice some similarities that Rucka took from this work).

What started out as a 64 page one-shot meant to clean up Daredevil's origins became, under editor Ralph Macchio's insistence, a five-issue miniseries that included the beginnings of Matt Murdock, his training under blind ninja streetbum Stick, as well as his first meeting with a sexy Greek assassin called Elektra, and his first confrontation (albeit an indirect one) with the infamous Kingpin.

Miller establishes Daredevil as a street level hero, having him combat street toughs and underworld pushers and child pornographers, and all this done sans the red costume (or yellow if you're a purist).

Romita captures all the grit and pathos of the character beautifully. Romita's style is a great one; it smacks of Miller's influence, but is cleaner and more refined. His current work on Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk are just as good and I urge anyone looking for good street-issue comics to check those books out.

And let me say that Stick, the aforementioned ninja bum, has become one of my favorite-of-all-time characters and I want to know more. This volume doesn't go in-depth about Stick's past and origins, and I think I might be picking up a few Marvel Visionaries reprints of classic DD to find out more. There is a scene where he discusses the potential of Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios that rings of prophecy and cool mystic stuff that leaves me wanting oh-so-much-more.

I picked up Daredevil: The Man Without Fear not knowing what to expect but wanting to get a better understanding of the character (sure, I read Kevin Smith's run, Guardian Devil, but so did everyone else).

I got characterization in spades for DD, as well as the Kingpin, Elektra, and (hurray for braille!) Stick, so I feel justified spending my $16.95. Before you throw down that $5-$10 for a movie ticket to Daredevil, pick this book up so you'll have something to compare it to.

Daredevil: The Man Without Fear

Robert Sparling

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