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Daredevil vol. 2: A Review

A year ago, I reviewed the first volume of a three-part set that compiled Frank Miller’s time as writer and artist on Daredevil in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Only some time ago did I get the chance to finally read the second installment in the set. This portion of the set is what most people look back to when they think of Frank Miller’s run of the character. It contains the rise of Elektra, the return of Bullseye, and the fight to the death between the two. But how was the rest of it?

Artistically speaking, Klaus Janson’s art is a good successor to Frank Miller’s penciling run. Miller gave up the role as artist when he took the writing role (this transition began in the first volume) and Janson took over in the role. The art is quite good, especially for the time, and holds up well. One of my favorite moments of this entire volume was a moment of silence in two panels. It was one of the rare occasions for that time where the creators are showing and not telling you about what’s happening. The art style in the whole volume is effective and I enjoyed it throughout.

It’s easy to see why Frank Miller’s run as author on Daredevil is so well remembered. For the time it was being written, and even still, the writing is fun to read and follow. Some of dialogue and narration has a foot still in the Silver Age style of writing comics, but it’s progressing towards how comics are written today. The whole build-up to the Elektra and Bullseye fight is done really well. And there is some amazingly written tensions between Daredevil and his antagonists (and sometimes allies). While there were some weak issues in the collection, the whole thing felt strong.

Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil is a gem in comics history. It’s definitely a space for strong art and writing, as well as putting time to make the character more interesting and reinventing tones for characters. If you’re  interested in the Daredevil character this volume is a must, but for those who casually interested in Marvel’s superheroes or past stories I’d also suggest this. With the man without fear it’s hard to go wrong.

Daredevil is owned by Marvel Comics. This volume is written by Frank Miller with art by Klaus Janson.

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