From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.
I’m sure by now you’ve all binged Netflix/Marvel’s Daredevil, and thought, “Damn, Daredevil is an awesome character!” Then thought to yourself, “I should read more Daredevil!” Then thought, “Where should I even begin?” Well, Daredevil has always been a character that thrives behind great creative teams with serious runs. This week we count down the best Daredevil Runs, so, that way, you can go out after marathoning Daredevil to get your comic fix of the Man Without Fear!
Honorable Mention. Andy Diggle/Robert Da La Torre
Diggle really took Daredevil to some strange and interesting places. Demon Possesion, yeah a guy who dresses up in horns becomes a demon. So as far as your typical gritty Daredevil Runs this one is a little strange and goes maybe a little further that you would anticipate. Certainly not quite the Nextflix show, more farfetched. That’s not to say this was a bad run, its action packed! Shadowland is def the corner stone of Diggle’s run, which as a long time Daredevil fan its strange but a very cool twist.
5. Mark Waid/Chris Samnee
This run is actually still going on, and I’ve got to say its worth checking out if you haven’t! Waid has presented the Devil on Top, and its a nice total change of pace. Daredevil has a long standing life of nothing going his way and everything ending in tradgedy. Which ever other run on this list does really well. Waid and Samnee have given it a very Silverage feel while being very modern. For new DD readers its fun and exporative, and for long time readers its a chance to see DD on top of it all, but you are expecting the fall.
4. Kevin Smith/Joe Quesada
Believe it or not there was a time when Marvel cancelled Daredevil. Shocking I know. It was 1998 and the Man Without Fear wasn’t doing so hot. So they cancelled him for a month. Then Kevin Smith, you know that guy who makes movies, gets on board with writing our favorite hero under the then new Marvel a knights imprint. Along side Joe Quesada, one of the best artist of the era! Comes a time when Daredevil must protect a child who is either the next Messiah or the Antichrist. Daredevil, who is catholic must put his faith on trial as he weathers the storm protecting this child as Karen and his relationship is strained with her being diagnosed with AIDS. This run was gut wrenching and was exactly what we needed to get the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen back in the ring.
3. Ed Brubaker/Michael Lark
This run and the next one on my list seemlessly fit together. First thing is first this was Daredevil getting the strange end of it. A mysterious new Daredevil shows up as Matt Murdock is seemingly outed as being Daredevil. The story takes weird twists and turns and you really begin to question what would be next. Each issue leaves you wanting an answer to every question posed. Brubaker and Lark did something really special on this run I think you’ll see reflections in Netflix’s Daredevil to come. This run is dark, twisted, and at time s questionable to what Brubakers state of mind may be. Noir. Not plain, not simple. A great run I don’t want to give you all the goods. Find it. Read it.
2. Brian Michael Bendis/ Alex Maleev
Before you read Brubaker’s run you have to read this one. It was honestly hard choice for me to say which was my number one, this was almost it. Regardless, this is one of those runs you never forget about. That run you always compare to the newest, the one where you really fell in love with the character, where you really understood the kind of stories you always wanted to hear. This run was the Daredevil I had always wanted, it’s gritty, it has all the right players,mans you never felt cheated. This run like Daredevil was about justice and the cost of it all. It’s beautiful, and there are lots of pretty printings to pick this and Brubaker’s run, buy them now.
1. Frank Miller/ John Romita Jr.
Of course you always maintain the classic as the best. This is the Daredevil we all really know. The story we all want to see. If there is an iconic image of Daredevil, in this run. Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. Made by all standards a classic. Cover to cover this story is one of the few that doesn’t seem to age. It just doesn’t go stale, even after a million rereads there’s moments captured in this run that give me the same chills it gave me when I was a kid. This run is the standard. This is the Daredevil we all know. The Man Without Fear we know today. I say this without this run every other run on my list may have never happen, which is why it got first. Sorry Bendis, so close, seriously I may regret not making that number one.
First off do yourself a favor watch Netflix’s Darevil it’s what you really want and when your done, read all of these you will thank me.
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