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Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we begin a look at what is most likely the greatest Daredevil story ever told, Born Again, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. It might last longer than a week, as there are a lot of cool moments, and they just keep coming with greater frequency as the series continues its slow build towards the ending.
Born Again began in Daredevil #227, when Frank Miller, Daredevil’s greatest creator, returned to the title to write the comic alongside the incumbent artist, David Mazzucchelli, who was at the time only beginning to show us the greatness that he was capable of.
In #227, Karen Page, Matt Murdock (Daredevil)’s former girlfriend is now addicted to drugs and doing all sorts of nasty stuff (pornography, etc.) to feed her habit. Finally, she sells Daredevil’s secret identity for a fix.
The information makes it way up to Daredevil’s nemesis, Wilson Fisk, the so-called Kingpin of Crime.
For the rest of the comic, Fisk systematically “destroys” Matt Murdock’s life – taking away his job, his law license, his money, his reputation, basically everything.
Matt tried to fight it, but for all he knows, he is just having the most horrible month ever – he has no reason to suspect that this is all due to a super-criminal.
Until, of course, the final pages of Daredevil #227, which are practically breathtaking in the way that Miller presents the beginning to this story arc, in the way that even at the start of the tale, when all looks bleakest, he manages to get a slight matter of “triumph” mixed in. It’s a beautiful scene.
Read on to see it…
And, of course, the ending of the issue is “the” moment.
What wonderful work on the parts of Miller and Mazzucchelli (Mazzucchelli’s design work is impeccable).
And remember, just like the other week-long series, please keep your commentary to either this specific moment or very general comments of the storyline, as we have at least six more moments to get to, and we don’t want to spoil them, do we?
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