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Daredevil: Guardian Devil TPB (Graphic Novel Pb) [Paperback]

Joe Quesada , Kevin Smith
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21 April 2010 Graphic Novel Pb
A scared teenager on the run. An infant child some say is humanity's savior. A former lover whose life is now hobbled by a terrible secret. A law partner accused of a horrible crime. A city being overcome by an inscrutable menace. They need a guardian. Someone to protect them. Someone with faith in them. They need Daredevil. "Guardian Devil" found Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) confidently transitioning from writing acclaimed screenplays to comics that hit the top of the sales charts and critics' lists. It also found artist Joe Quesada at his peak as the stylist that would usher Marvel Comics into the 21st century - both as an artist and its future editor in chief. Collects Daredevil #1-8, 1/2

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (21 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078514143X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785141433
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.5 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daredevil: Guardian Devil 7 July 2003
By Liam
Format:Paperback
For fans of Daredevil this is an excellent story, the artwork is brilliant in a cartoony manner and the book draws the reader in at the very beggining.
The premise behind the story is that Matt (Daredevil) has been entrusted with the safety of a baby, who may or may not be either the second coming, or the destroyer of the world. Then his already crazy life slips out from under him. This is a strong Daredevil story with Matt, handling the challenges of his life as a flawed man and not a perfect hero, which is what makes the stories so interesting. However those new to the character may find a number of the references slightly baffling. Saying that the part with Bullseye, who many may know from the film, is excellent and Bullseye really is at his twisted best.
The biggest problem is the ending, although the story is excellent, the ending seems a little too rushed and leaves the reader feeling slightly cheated. Not the best Daredevil stroy ever told but certainly very good. Though not as good as Frank Miller's run on Daredevil, fans of Miller should cetainly enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Guardian Devil... 3 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
WARNING!! This Review May Contain Spoilers!!!

Daredevil has been one of my faveourite comic book characters (and series) for a long time. Since I first read this actually. Guardian Devil was the first story arc of the new run of the series, which was cancelled after a barren period following the phenomenal highs of the Frank Miller/Klaus Janson run of the early '80's (I also like the Ann Noncenti run). Now on Marvel's new Marvel Knights imprint, which would house the darker Marvel characters (Elektra, The Punisher, Moon Knight etc.). This, as it turns out, was the perfect home for The Man Without Fear, and Guardian Devil set the standard of brilliant stories that would continue until the end of the Andy Diggle written The Devil's Hand in 2009.

Guardian Devil is written by the infamous director of Clerks, Kevin Smith. And he does a hell of a job. The story starts with Matt Murdock falling back on his Catholic Faith for the first time in years, following his long-time girlfriend Karen Page's departure to the west coast. He (as Daredevil) quickly gets distracted by a group of thugs chasing a pregnant girl, hired by an unseen enemy. There is also the reappearence of former flame/super hero partner Black Widow. Things take several turns for the worse, as the people closest to Matt start to suffer, as the story starts to show simularities with Miller's classic Born Again, the greatest Daredevil story of them all, as Matt's life collapses one pillar at a time.

Smith's partner's in crime are Joe Quesada (Pencils) and Jimmy Palmotti (Inks). Their art is technically superb, but, re-reading several years later, doesen't suit the story as well as, for example, Alex Maleev's would. But I recomend his work on Subsequent Daredevil stories (Parts of a Hole and Father are brilliant).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not quite great... 29 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback
I'll openly admit i'm not a fan of Kevin Smith's cinematic output. However, here he does an excellent job with DD; crafting a suprisingly emotional tale that keeps the reader guessing. Joe Quesada's art generally suits the tale, without being standout - though the chapter that features Dr Strange is nicely realised. The problem comes at the reveal of the tale's villian and his motives, which makes the story seem like a knock-off of Frank Miller's superior Born Again. To be fair, Smith as much acknowledges this in his dialogue within the book's climactic scenes and while this takes a little sheen of the story as a whole, this is still essential Daredevil.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only half as good as it used to be... 13 Dec 2011
By DC_Fan_52 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Currently there are three listings for "Daredevil: Guardian Devil" on Amazon. The oldest is listed as "Daredevil Visionaries: Guardian Devil" and it's from the year 2000. Praise for the book back then called it the best Daredevil since Frank Miller. I'm a big fan of Kevin Smith's movies and his one man shows, and I've been reading Daredevil by Brian M. Bendis, which made references to this book. So, Guardian Devil has been on my radar for a long time. I finally read it and, man, it's disappointing.

Drugs explain away out of character moments, plot-holes are hand-waved out of existence, and most of it is overwritten. Sometimes the writing works with Mr. Smith throwing thinly veiled references to his film career and the moments with Matt's mom are great, but the ending feels like a gigantic cheat.

On the other hand, the art really saves it. This is the first time I've seen Joe Q's art and it's quite stylish: a mix of Frank Miller and Bruce Timm. The digital ink also gives the book some rich color that I've never seen on Daredevil. Even though he makes Daredevil look like a thumb, Black Widow is absolutely poured into her costume.

I'm becoming a Daredevil completionist. For completionist fans, I can only advise you to buy it later. Don't splurge and get it right away, wait until you have the extra cash. For the casual fans, I'd say skip it. If you were a fan of Bendis' run on Daredevil and want to get this because this was the launching point, I still say give it a pass. Bendis and Smith have clashing styles and you're not going to enjoy it. Other than "than one important thing," nothing is essential in this book.

I'm tempted to give it a 4, because the art is really stunning, but the writing doesn't hold up. It might have broken new ground ten years ago, but we've come a long way since then.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Overrated Runs Out There 21 Jun 2014
By Justin Drown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Shakespeare once said, "Brevity is the soul of wit." Unfortunately Kevin Smith didn't get the memo. Guardian Devil is overwritten and it's art is uneven. It's pacing is wrong and it's twists are laughable. People would later go on to laugh at his efforts with Batman, Spider-Man, and more. All of his characters in all of his comics/movies talk in low-brow, pseudo-philosophy.

This run came out at a time when people were starved for a decent Daredevil run and shorty before the incredible Brian Michael Bendis run. I get a feeling that Kevin Smith fans give him way too much slack. The five star reviews for this lead me to believe the average reviewer isn't very well read. Avoid this TPB like the plague. Go pick up something by Miller, Brubaker, or Bendis instead.
8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 14 Oct 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After having read Kevin Smith's Green Arrow (Quiver) and totally loving it, and being a major fan of Frank Miller's Daredevil from its original appearance in the 80s, and also being a fan of Kevin Smith movies, I was really looking forward to Guardian Devil. However, I was severely disappointed.

Guardian Devil is horribly overwritten - it should be a novel, not a comic book. But even as a novel, it would be pretty boring. The problem starts right on the first page, with a letter from Karen Page to Matt Murdock that goes for two pages, spliced up with no consideration for the content of the letter or real relevance to the background scenes of Matt Murdock and NY. As if that weren't bad enough, it then jumps to the next story element, using the narration boxes again, with words that far outstrip the images. Later on, a fight with demons from Hell is tamed down by dialogue boxes larger than the action sequences. Ho hum.

As for the story itself, it's just too dopey and never really all that believable (OK, it's a comic book, I know, but it didn't have a satisfying internal logic).

The drawing style is uneven. Its strengths are the cool action-lines made by DD and his weapon, a kind of replacement for Frank Miller's shaded-repetition to show motion. And the splash pages are awesome - art nouveau constructions that are as elegant as they are playful, especially the one with Dr. Strange.

The artwork's weaknesses are that almost every visual element is equally weighted and it all ends up just right in your face without much depth or subtlety. To add to the lack of subtlety, characters are very cartoony, with giant heads and stick-figure bodies, as if this was DD-junior or a Marvel-Heroes action figure collection for kids. Major shake-ups occur in Matt Murdock's life, but they don't make a big impact due in part to the cartoony drawings, which don't suggest anything major is going on in the story.

Sum: for Kevin Smith fans and completists only; otherwise, skip it and pick up with Parts of a Hole, which, despite having the same art team of Quesada/Palmiotti, manages a much better job with a way better storyline. Or, check out Smith's Green Lantern Quiver, from Marvel's "distinguished competitor," in which both the writing and art is clear, clean and sharp.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book 5 Jan 2014
By RBP Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Like Daredevil: Yellow by Loeb and Sale, Guardian Devil is a beautiful book! Kevin Smith wrote an amazing, thought-provoking story. I really feel like he poured everything he had into this story. Joe Quesada, along with Jimmy Palmiotti, did some of the best work of his comics career. Like Smith, those two gentlemen left everything they had on the page. Whether you purchase the original books, the graphic novel or on Kindle, this story is worth the price you'll pay.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!!!! 4 May 2013
By Blessthafuture - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've never been the biggest Daredevil fan, but this story drew me in and made me forget that. It also made Kevin Smith one of my favorite Comic Writers
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