Daredevil Vol. 1 Review (Brian Michael Bendis-Alex Maleev)


Collects Daredevil #16-19 & #26-40

I don’t have a load of experience reading Daredevil. I read a few stories around when the movie came out in 2003, but that pretty much was he extent of my familiarity. Surprisingly enough, I became attached to the character of Elektra but still, not totally informed of Hornhead’s adventures.

With the recent release of the Netflix series (which is awesome by the way) coupled with sales on the Marvel Comics digital app, I purchased this collection to read alongside my viewing. 

This was a fantastic collection of stories that focus not to much on Matt Murdock’s adventures as Daredevil, but Matt’s identity as Daredevil. 

The first arc covers reporter Ben Urich’s attempts to get a story out about a little boy who may or may not know about the disappearance of his father, a supervillian. I found this to be a very compelling story as Urich is doing everything in his power to get this story out against all odds. I now see why he is considered a major supporting character. He is as old school as they come. He just wants to report a story.

The bulk of the collection covers the fallout of a federal agent who discloses that Matt is Daredevil. His hand his forced and he must keep his appearances limited while dealing with the fallout. In the meantime he has to defend a costumed hero accused of murder. The last few issues in this volume make for great court drama that I hope we get to see more of in the series.

It was great to see Matt caught between a rock and a hard place, as well as seeing some of those close to him try to guide him through this period, Foggy, Black Widow, Elektra. Interesting how Matt has such support even though he feel he may not.

The writing and artwork are spot on. Bendis and Maleev and Daredevil honestly were a perfect mixture. There is such realism to New York that reminds me in ways of Chrisopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy as opposed to say a Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man.

Upon completion I would whole heartedly recommend this collection to comic readers and new Daredevil fans once they become familiar with the characters in his world.