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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Gph edition (18 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785107576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785107576
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frank Miller: Year One 13 Jan 2001
By A Customer
This is where it all began- not for Daredevil, who was already 157 issues old at the start of this collection, but for Frank Miller. A few years later he would be seen as one of those writers and artists that helped superhero comics grow up by writing and drawing "The Dark Knight Returns", and writing "Batman: Year One".
Before all that, he worked on Daredevil, Marvel's blind superhero. At the start of this volume, Miller was the new penciler on the comic, with Klaus Janson inking. This team is not as much to my taste here as they would be on "The Dark Knight Returns", lacking that distinct Miller style which can be seen in that story as well as in his more recent solo work such as "Sin City" and "300", but you can see hints of what was to come. However, their clear, expressive style is still better than many other artists of that period.
Six issues in, Miller becomes co-plotter and in volume two we will see Miller as writer and penciler but these Roger McKenzie written stories are good enough while we're waiting for that next volume. They're basically crime stories with a superhero twist; gangsters mixed with costumed heroes and villains in the dark underworld of New York. Of the 9 issues here, the best are the three-part "Marked for Death" story line, and "Exposé".
In the former, Daredevil is targeted for assassination, leading to a battle with the deadly killer Bullseye to rescue a former lover. The grim determination of the vigilante is the focus here as he fights his way through the city's criminals, and proves himself unbeatable, even when faced with a psychotic killer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars daredevil visionaries 27 Feb 2013
A good introduction to the series and frank miller's work, has an immediately recognisable style to the artwork and some very good writing. A definite purchase for any fan of frank miller's drawing or any fan of the man without fear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, but can we have volume 2 please? 21 Mar 2001
By JonH
Reprints from Frank Miller's early Daredevil run, when he was pencilling Roger McKenzie's scripts; and good stuff it is too. However, I'm waiting for the reprints of the later stuff when Frank was writer and artist, especially the wonderful Electra saga! Can I place my pre-order now???
Buy this as a taster by all means, but the real treat is still to come!
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Humble Beginnings--Comic History Was Made! 14 Dec 2003
By Kelly Langston-Smith - Published on
Five stars for this collection of very decent Daredevil stories is more a tip of the hat to an historic moment in comic history than it is to the actual contents. Without the work of Frank Miller represented in this exact book, you would never have seen a Daredevil movie, guaranteed! For a few years before Miller took over the art chores of the Daredevil comic back in the very late 70's, it was a second tier (maybe third) Marvel title and was on the verge of imminent cancellation. The stories and villains had been so lame for so long that the book was on sale bi-monthly and was ready for the ax. That is, until Marvel gave a promising young artist named Frank Miller a shot at the title and it quickly turned into the (STILL) heavyweight champion of comics. It simply doesn't get much better than Frank Miller's work on Daredevil.
This collection features Miller as an artist rather than a writer as his own stories don't appear until Visionaries Volume 2. And what an artist. Back in the day, the gritty realism and innovative design work accentuated by the inking of Klaus Janson rocked all of us young comic geeks to our collective bones. Quickly evolving from standard comic fare to eye popping visuals, Miller began establishing himself as a cornerstone of modern comic creators.
While Miller's amazing art style dominated the page and quickly won him a shot at writing the title, the scribe of the stories in this volume was the current DD writer of the day Roger McKenzie. When Miller turned up the art a few thousand notches, McKenzie answered back with some great writing of his own. McKenzie gets lost in the shuffle and often gets no credit, but as these stories attest, it was he who was a key figure in establishing a number of things Miller used so well in his run on the series. In these stories, Bullseye becomes the front-runner for making DD's archenemy list, the mob captures a major portion of Daredevil's attention, DD and the Black Widow finally end their long-standing on-again-off-again relationship, reporter Ben Urich becomes a major player in DD's life, Turk and Grotto begin their unfortunate association with old Hornhead, and the Gladiator becomes a tragic rather than a ruthless bad guy. McKenzie also worked with Miller on a duo of stories that made the Punisher a major comic player, but these tales appear in a later volume due to the Comics Code Authority's stand on drugs back in the early 80's. Although Miller had a hand in some of the stuff that went on here, you can't neglect giving McKenzie his due for getting the ball rolling in high fashion. Daredevil #164 which is re-printed here and written by McKenzie is one of the top ten Daredevil stories of all time and possibly the best Daredevil origin story ever.
Miller is and always has been an innovator. While many of his generation have spent much of the past decade churning out the same old thing, he has continued to evolve and experiment and blow the socks off of the comic world (sans the Dark Knight 2 fiasco which simply seemed to be a very fat paycheck). This volume is where Miller really began the ride (he did some earlier and mostly forgettable work for Marvel re-printed in The Complete Frank Miller Spider-Man if you are a completist). The stories presented here aren't the best around, as Miller got very adept very quickly with his own writing, but they are still better than most comics of their day to this one. Daredevil #163 which is re-printed in this volume speaks to Miller's absolute tenacity. Although written by McKenzie, the concept was his--"What if Daredevil had to fight the Hulk?" When this was posed to his editor, comic apocrypha claims that the editor laughed and said, "So what happens in the second panel?" Needless to say the story runs for the full 18 pages. Daredevil fights the Hulk. So what happens in the second panel? How does a blind lawyer with moderate super abilities go one-on-one with the jade giant and survive? Well, you'll just have to buy this work and let Roger and Frank tell you themselves.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The true story on this series 4 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Marvel has reprinted the Frank Miller issues of DD in 3 volumes. The first volume shipped November 2000, and the second volume shipped in April 2001. The third volume shipped November 2001. Volume 1 reprints #158-161, 163-167. Miller provides the cover and an introduction. Volume 2 reprints #168-182. Diana Schutz provides the introduction. Volume 3 reprints #183-191, along with two 'What If?' stories and the Elektra Bizarre Adventures story. Graphitti Designs produced limited hardcovers of all 3 volumes.
The regular edition of Daredevil Visionaries: Kevin Smith tpb reprints Daredevil #1-8 of Volume 2, in softcover. There is a hardcover edition from Graphitti Designs which includes a CD-ROM and is signed by Smith, Quesada and Palmiotti.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miller's early beginnings as a writer 1 Mar 2003
By Ash1138 - Published on
If there was ever a reason to read Daredevil, Frank Miller is it. While this book is only the very beginnings of Frank's writing career, it still sparks with brilliance. Frank Miller hit the scene back in the late 70's as one of the hottest new artists of the time. His first work that made people notice was on Daredevil. These issues were collected in Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Volume One, but as hot as his art was (for the time) it wouldn't be until he started writing that he would turn the comic industry upside down.
In 1980, Frank Miller wrote (and drew) his first issue of Daredevil at the same time introducing fans to what would become the most popular Daredevil character ever, Elektra. He gave Matt Murdock, the comic worlds most swinging bachelor, a love interest fans actually cared about and at the same time made her his most mortal enemy. Then he did the unthinkable (especially in Marvel comics); he killed her.
Frank Miller's early run on Daredevil in the early 80's continues to be a monumental milestone in the comics medium to this day. Certainly, the writing is not as well crafted or refined as what we would find in his later acheivements (Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, or any Sin City series), but that is to be expected. This is his first work, and on top of that, the 70's had only just ended.
But one fact remains. No one has ever done Daredevil better. Not before. Not since.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daredevil's Finest Hour 30 Dec 2000
By Picardfan007 - Published on
The cover of this book makes me want to see Miller writing and illustrating Daredevil again. With all his lighting and film noir techniques; Matt Murdock became a real character with flaws that made him all too human. I especially like the Bullseye villian. He is like what the Green Goblin was to Spidey. The Kingpin took over that role with his turn at Murdock. He destroyed his legal practice. However that's another story.....
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back when Daredevil was cool. 28 Nov 2000
By Shane Culleton - Published on
Daredevil has been hovering around in the background for far too long. After the recent Kevin Smith-inspired surge in his popularity all sorts of Daredevil stuff is being resurrected. Thankfully they're starting with the good stuff. This collection begins the greatest Daredevil stories that can be found. No matter how glossy and 90's hip Smith made Matt Murdock, Miller made him cool. These are simply some of the finest DD stories around. The downside is that they are not some of the finest Miller stories around. If the only DD stuff you know is Smith's, read and learn. This is where the greatest comic book writer of the '802 cut his teeth.
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