Showing posts with label David Mazzucchelli. Show all posts
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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Daredevil – Born Again | Comics

Karen Page has sold out the secret identity of her former lover Matt Murdock and now Kingpin is hell-bent on destroying the life of Daredevil.

To pursue an acting career, Karen Page had left her job of secretary at Nelson & Murdock law offices. She did find success in Hollywood for a brief time but then reduced to be a porn star and a heroin junkie. Suffering from existential crisis and desperation, she hits the lowest point where she sells the secret identity of Daredevil for a shot of heroin.

This information eventually reaches to Wilson Fisk AKA Kingpin, who orders his assistant James Wesley to track down anyone who handled the information or even knows about it while he verifies its authenticity. The drug dealer whom Karen sold the secrets to is killed but she narrowly escaped with her life and heads back to New York City.

Matt Murdock wakes up in his own apartment completely unaware of these developments and then finds out that IRS has been auditing his tax files and froze his bank accounts. The next thing he knows is that he has been accused to bribe a witness for lying in a previous case and is testified by an honest to God cop, Lieutenant Nicholas Manolis.

Later at that night, he confronts Manolis as Daredevil in his house but instead of talking, the former attacked him and he leaves. Manolis then called Fisk and Matt learns of it from a little eavesdropping from the roof. Apparently, the guy has his son in hospital who needs immediate treatment and that is how he gets owned by the Kingpin.

Murdock's current girlfriend Glorianna O'Breen moved in to the apartment of his best friend and law partner Foggy Nelson after her house was vandalized. He is later called by Matt to work his case before the court hearing and he is prohibited to practice law.

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Daredevil – Born Again | Comics

All of these incidents made Matt Murdock more depressed and then his apartment blows up right in front of him. His destroyed costume is the only thing from the wreckage that helped him piece together all the recent mishaps that took place in his life and it could only be an perfectly elaborated plan executed by his biggest rival; the Kingpin.

Investigative journalist Ben Urich of The Daily Bugle learns of the criminal charges brought against Matt and since his buddy refused to share his problem, he talks to his boss J. Jonah Jameson about Murdock's innocence and wants a piece to write on him.

Meanwhile, on the brink of his sanity, Mathew took a train to face the lord of crime once and for all to settle scores and get his life back. When Matt reached in his office, he engaged the Kingpin in a brutal beat down but got knocked over in the end only to later find himself strapped in a stolen taxi cab, drowning in the East River.

He struggles his way back to Hell's Kitchen and finds his way to his father's gym, where he finally collapses from exhaustion and is found by Sister Maggie, who also happens to be his mother. She took her to the local church and nursed him back to health.

In Mexico, Karen desperately tries to get back to New York to warn Matt about her betrayal and hitched a ride with a pervert named Paulo Scorcese, who saved her from the assassins Kingpin sent to kill her and took sexual favors in exchange.

Manolis opens up to Ben Urich about his involvement in framing Matt Murdock when his son died after surgery, which caused him to end up in a hospital bed and Ben to break his hand by one of Fisk's employee. When Manolis tries to reach Urich again, he was strangled to death as Ben was on line, goading him into continue his investigation.

After getting back to his feet, Matt starts preparing him again for getting back to vigilantism to reclaim his life. Kingpin got worried and hired a deranged psychopath to pose as Daredevil and kill Nelson. Then he released an unstable super soldier Nuke on Hell's Kitchen which caused Captain America and The Avengers to interfere.

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The Devil You Know

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During his long run on the first volume of Daredevil monthly ongoing series, writer Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again) came up with the idea of "Born Again" storyline, which he worked with artist David Mazzucchelli (Batman – Year One, Superman and Batman – World's Funnest) from issues #226-233.

When the story was later reprinted into a graphic novel, it became a phenomenon in comic-book history as well as one of the best stories written on the blind superhero so far. Moving aside from typical fighting with super villains, the plotline uses a variety of Christian symbolism and portrays the rise and fall of Matt Murdock in rough situations.

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God and Country

This best-seller book from Marvel Comics has later served as source material for Season 3 of Marvel's Daredevil web television series on Netflix in 2018, where Wilson Fisk uses the information of Daredevil's secret identity against him to destroy his career, reputation, social life and threatened his friends.

Supporting characters like Felix Manning, James Wesley, Melvin Potter and Sister Maggie showed up throughout the arc and a super-villain named Nuke made his debut within the plot. Reference of events regarding Karen Page from this story will be brought up later in "Guardian Devil" storyline and will add more depth to that.
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Saturday, June 28, 2003

Daredevil | Comics

Matt Murdock grew up in Hell's Kitchen and was destined to become the blind superhero Daredevil, the Man Without Fear.

Mathew Murdock was the son of Jonathan "Battling Jack" Murdock, who used to be a prize-fighting boxer living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York. Unlike the other kids, Matt was busier in studying rather than playing around with other kids.

This often caused him to be taunted and bullied by the kids that led him to take out his frustrations in his father's gym training. One day, while trying to save a blind man from getting under a speeding truck, Matt was accidentally exposed to radioactive hazard from the truck that spilled in his face and later it rendered him blind.

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During his time in hospital, Matt realized that he has lost his vision but his hearing and smelling senses have been amped up on uncanny level. Though everyone around him used to take pity on him, he was being eyed by ninja master Stick for a while.

With a purpose in mind, Stick approaches him for training and using his newly gained super enhanced senses, Matt became pretty good at doing things that no blind man can do, including target practice with impeccable accuracy. Later, his father was murdered by "The Fixer" and his henchmen for not going down in a match.

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Daredevil | Comics

He chased them down all and one by one took them down before one of his chases has led him to a brothel, where he accidentally pushed a girl out of window. After this, Stick abandoned him for his lack of discipline and control over his emotions. A year later, he went to college to study law and befriended fellow freshman Foggy Nelson.

There, he came across Elektra and quickly fell in love only for her to leave him shortly and break his heart. Meanwhile, Hell's Kitchen saw a new villain named Wilson Fisk to rise in power and would become the Kingpin of crime who controls every major crime there. Matt would eventually come back to his old place without knowing this.

He befriended a young girl named Mickey at his father's gym and would confront a lieutenant of Kingpin named Larks after going against an entire mob, effectively shutting down the ring and debuting as vigilante hero Daredevil. He would later start practicing law with Foggy Nelson in their own law-firm named Nelson and Murdock.

When Karen Page flew off from New York to pursue an acting career, she ended up becoming a junkie and pornstar. For a shot of heroin she even sold out the secret identity of the superhero Daredevil, who is also her former lover Matt Murdock. This information reaches to the Kingpin of crime and he used this to destroy the life of his enemy.

Matt loses his job, framed for a case to tip off a witness, his girlfriend left him and finally, his house blew up in front of him. When he couldn't take it anymore and decided to face Wilson Fisk after figuring out the details. It caused him to get beat down heavily and he survived with an inch of his life before Sister Maggie came to his rescue.

Hell-bent on killing his arch-rival, the lord of crime then hires a deranged psychopath to kill his friend Foggy Nelson wearing a Daredevil suit but Matt stopped it from happening. Then he released super soldier Nuke on Hell's Kitchen neighborhood to wreck havoc, which brought in Captain America and The Avengers into the scene.

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A Fearless Guardian Devil

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Daredevil is a popular fictional Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee, Bill Everett and Jack Kirby in 1964 that became a monthly ongoing series. During the first volume run of the series writers like Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman (Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC Universe Online – Legends), Frank Miller (300, Sin City),worked along with artist Bill Everett, John Romita Sr., John Romita Jr. (Kick-Ass, World War Hulk), Gene Colan, Klaus Janson, David Mazzucchelli (Batman – Year One, Daredevil – Born Again) and Lee Weeks (Daredevil – Dark Nights, Incredible Hulk).

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Early Years of Crime-Fighting

The character and its respective ongoing series has produced many limited series and spin-offs in the following years of its run. The character was portrayed in silver screen in 2003 in a live-action film titled 'Daredevil' by actor Ben Affleck along with other featuring characters from the franchise. As part of the bigger Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character was adapted on a live-action TV show 'Marvel's Daredevil' for Netflix on 2015 and will also be reprised in 'The Defenders' on 2017.
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Thursday, June 5, 2003

Batman – Year One | Comics

Orphaned at his early youth, Billionaire Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City after 12 dedicated years of intensive training throughout the globe to hon his skills to be the greatest crime fighter of the world. Captain James Gordon has also moved to Gotham recently with his family to join the Gotham City Police Department as a protector of the city.

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Batman – Year One | Comics

Both men are utterly disgusted at the corrupt way of the city from their own viewpoint. With no actual planned goal in mind, Bruce kept on his training even after returning in Gotham in care and guidance of their trusted family butler Alfred Pennyworth. Assigned by Commissioner Loeb to team up with the corrupt fellow Detective Flass, Gordon was also having a hard time adjusting in Gotham.

While on patrol at night in disguise, Bruce Wayne engages in a brawl with a pimp and Celina Kyle got involved in the quarrel while trying to protect an underage prostitute Holly Robinson, injuring him badly in the process. Back at Wayne Manor, Bruce barely escaping from police asks for guidance in front of his fathers' bust statue and then he saw a bat on his window.

He got his inspiration of becoming The Bat, to become the entity of fear himself and strike terror in the hearts of his enemies. Jim Gordon also tries to adjust himself in the vileness of this city, while getting unexpected aid from the Batman occasionally. District Attorney Harvey Dent becomes an ally of Batman in his crusade against crime and that's how the Year One starts for the Gotham Knights.

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An Ally In Darkness

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"Year One" is a four part storyline that is considered top on a list of 25 Greatest Batman Graphic Novel of All Time, intending to explore the gritty original story that turned Batman into who he is today. Writer Frank Miller (The Dark Knight Returns, The Dark Knight Strikes Again) and artist David Mazzucchelli (Daredevil, Daredevil – Born Again) produced this epic Batman tale of all time that till date has inspired many other films, graphic novels and other media related to Batman.

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An Orphan In Crime Alley

Though Miller did some twerks and twists in the novel, it remained faithful to the original material created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Actually taking place in the long running first volume of Batman comics from issue #404-407 published by DC Comics in 1987.
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