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Matt Murdock has clawed his way through physical therapy, but his near death experience that nearly left him crippled has left its mark on him. Reacquainted with pain and fear, the devil is back in hell's kitchen, but is the man who returned to the rooftops the same man who fell off them? Find out, in CHIP ZDARSKY'S new era of DAREDEVIL! COLLECTING: DAREDE Matt Murdock has clawed his way through physical therapy, but his near death experience that nearly left him crippled has left its mark on him. Reacquainted with pain and fear, the devil is back in hell's kitchen, but is the man who returned to the rooftops the same man who fell off them? Find out, in CHIP ZDARSKY'S new era of DAREDEVIL! COLLECTING: DAREDEVIL 1-5


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Matt Murdock has clawed his way through physical therapy, but his near death experience that nearly left him crippled has left its mark on him. Reacquainted with pain and fear, the devil is back in hell's kitchen, but is the man who returned to the rooftops the same man who fell off them? Find out, in CHIP ZDARSKY'S new era of DAREDEVIL! COLLECTING: DAREDE Matt Murdock has clawed his way through physical therapy, but his near death experience that nearly left him crippled has left its mark on him. Reacquainted with pain and fear, the devil is back in hell's kitchen, but is the man who returned to the rooftops the same man who fell off them? Find out, in CHIP ZDARSKY'S new era of DAREDEVIL! COLLECTING: DAREDEVIL 1-5

30 review for Daredevil, Vol. 1: Know Fear

  1. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Chip Zdarsky is slowly but surely becoming Marvel's low-key best writer right now. Which is weird to admit, because his early writing efforts were middling at best, but between this Daredevil run and the still ongoing but absolutely amazing Spider-Man: Life Story it's really a shock how much he's grown as a writer over the years. It's just a very solid Daredevil run that acts as a palette cleanser after the disaster that was Charles Soule, and continues the good old tradition of Matt being an absolut Chip Zdarsky is slowly but surely becoming Marvel's low-key best writer right now. Which is weird to admit, because his early writing efforts were middling at best, but between this Daredevil run and the still ongoing but absolutely amazing Spider-Man: Life Story it's really a shock how much he's grown as a writer over the years. It's just a very solid Daredevil run that acts as a palette cleanser after the disaster that was Charles Soule, and continues the good old tradition of Matt being an absolutely miserable sack of pain and sadness. So yeah, this isn't the chirpy and cheery spiritual successor to the Waid/Samnee run that I was hoping for, but at least Chip seems to really understand the core mechanics of Daredevil and writes a very classic-feeling DD story the likes of which we haven't seen in a while. It's a welcome return to status quo, even if it borrows a bit too much from the TV show to my liking (yeah, I've fallen out of love with Marvel's mediocre Netflix efforts quite early in the game). If it keeps going like that, it may easily become one of the defining runs for the character on the same level with Bendis and Brubaker.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Daredevil is my favorite superhero ever. Not only do I believe he has the BEST runs ever but also the fact he's just one of the most compelling characters in any medium when done right. I even have a tattoo of him. So yeah, to say I'm a huge fan is a underestimated. However, it's been awhile since I loved a volume of Daredevil as much as this. So Matt just doesn't have a easy life. We all know that by now if you read just one issue of Daredevil before. However, just when you think it can't get m Daredevil is my favorite superhero ever. Not only do I believe he has the BEST runs ever but also the fact he's just one of the most compelling characters in any medium when done right. I even have a tattoo of him. So yeah, to say I'm a huge fan is a underestimated. However, it's been awhile since I loved a volume of Daredevil as much as this. So Matt just doesn't have a easy life. We all know that by now if you read just one issue of Daredevil before. However, just when you think it can't get much worse, it does. Matt is out on his runs, beating up bad guys, when by accident while fighting a guy slips and cracks his neck. That happens in the first issue and the next 4 are him dealing with it. What's so engrossing about this storyline is Matt's back and forth outlook on life. First trying to deny he did something, to meeting a actual killer like Punisher and his view on things, and then to his friends while finally meeting up with the city hero himself Spider-man. It's Daredevil's pain of dealing with his actions that make this so thrilling. On top of that the art is amazing, with some of the best fight scenes around, as well as the gritty feel of Bendis-era run or Brubaker's. Overall, Daredevil is back on top. While I enjoyed Waid's and Soule's run for most part, it's this run that makes me super pumped to read more. Not since Brubaker have I've loved a Daredevil comic again as much. I'm ready for volume 2 NOW. A 5 out of 5.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    Very good! So I have never really found a solid Daredevil run I could get into until this one! I was very sad when Netflix cancelled their groundbreaking Daredevil series which I really enjoyed, but like Jessica Jones: Purple Daughter, this series wisely feels like an extension of the Netflix series to fill the void! So the story has Daredevil accidentally kill someone and because of that he's ridden with guilt and has the police on a manhunt for him. To start with the pros, the writing is jus Very good! So I have never really found a solid Daredevil run I could get into until this one! I was very sad when Netflix cancelled their groundbreaking Daredevil series which I really enjoyed, but like Jessica Jones: Purple Daughter, this series wisely feels like an extension of the Netflix series to fill the void! So the story has Daredevil accidentally kill someone and because of that he's ridden with guilt and has the police on a manhunt for him. To start with the pros, the writing is just completely on point! This is my first Chip Zdarsky comic I've read and it's honestly a great first impression! Zdarsky gets the character of Daredevil to a T and he knows how to balance good writing and dialogue with action-packed fight scenes. The artwork by Marco Checchetto is phenomenal and joy to look at with every panel! My only real disappointment with this volume is the artist change at #6, which felt very sudden and unwelcomed. The art itself was fine, but I just hate it when a series has one artist and then changes before the story arc is even finished. Overall though, this was a great first volume. Whenever I read a monthly title I ask myself if the book is worth reading every month and this one definitely is! Highly recommend it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Štěpán Tichý

    I haven't read many Daredevil stories and I don't know why because I like the character. So for me, this book was really solid. I really enjoyed Zdarsky's writing, especially Matt's inner thoughts and Spider-Man's interaction. This story is again breaking the character and pushing him to his limits. Classic superhero stuff and first five issues are beautiful, gritty, dark, everything is on point and punches hurt you - pretty much everything you want from a comic book. The last issue was weird an I haven't read many Daredevil stories and I don't know why because I like the character. So for me, this book was really solid. I really enjoyed Zdarsky's writing, especially Matt's inner thoughts and Spider-Man's interaction. This story is again breaking the character and pushing him to his limits. Classic superhero stuff and first five issues are beautiful, gritty, dark, everything is on point and punches hurt you - pretty much everything you want from a comic book. The last issue was weird and I didn't like it that much especially because of the last panel but overall this was a joy to read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    This is amazing!! Great tormented Matt. Cool action, perfect characterisation and great art. This is a must read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto are the latest creative team to tackle Daredevil, and the first volume of their take on the character already has the potential to set them alongside Bendis, Brubaker, and Waid as one of the greats (I'm also a big fan of Charles Soule's run, personally). Coming off the back of his near-death experience at the end of Charles Soule's run, Matt Murdock makes a mistake and accidentally kills a petty criminal. Or does he? As he attempts to work out if he's Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto are the latest creative team to tackle Daredevil, and the first volume of their take on the character already has the potential to set them alongside Bendis, Brubaker, and Waid as one of the greats (I'm also a big fan of Charles Soule's run, personally). Coming off the back of his near-death experience at the end of Charles Soule's run, Matt Murdock makes a mistake and accidentally kills a petty criminal. Or does he? As he attempts to work out if he's actually gone over the deep end or if he's being framed, Matt spirals further and further into despair as a new NYPD officer sets their crosshairs on him, as does the Punisher. It all culminates in a confrontation with his fellow Defenders, and a turning point in Matt's life that shows that Zdarsky isn't afraid to take big swings. It's all very well executed, and Zdarsky has Matt's inner voice down to a tee even at this early stage. The character work is very, very strong here, especially when Matt's talking to other heroes - the parallels between his current state and the Punisher are especially worth noting. And of course, what's a Daredevil story without some Kingpin in the background? Zdarsky handles him like a seasoned pro as well. This just seems like the series he was born to write at this point. Marco Checchetto's artwork is also as gorgeous as always. His detailed style is one of my favourites in comics, and it always has a grit to it that makes it feel real without sacrificing that comic book sheen. Chip Zdarsky seems to be working his way across Marvel's stable of characters and leaving his mark - I'm hoping he's not going anywhere soon with Daredevil though, because this is super promising, and looks beautiful to boot.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Blindzider

    A very strong start to Zdarsky's run. There's one trade paperback between Soule's Back in Black run and this book, but unfortunately there's no real recap of what happened in those issues. Matt was in some kind of accident and is trying to get back to being Daredevil, but Kingpin is still the mayor and wants him caught or killed. The story is the classic "hero on the run" with plenty of action, establishing where he stands with his super-powered supporting cast. The big plus is Checch A very strong start to Zdarsky's run. There's one trade paperback between Soule's Back in Black run and this book, but unfortunately there's no real recap of what happened in those issues. Matt was in some kind of accident and is trying to get back to being Daredevil, but Kingpin is still the mayor and wants him caught or killed. The story is the classic "hero on the run" with plenty of action, establishing where he stands with his super-powered supporting cast. The big plus is Checchetto's art. Sharp, thin lines make for clean and easily understood panels, but with the slightest amount of shading to give a gritty feel. He also blends "computer effects" very nicely (explosions, police lights, etc.). Hopefully, he is in for the long haul on Zdarsky's run.

  8. 4 out of 5

    George

    Zdarsky starts his Daredevil run by putting Matt Murdock in a Punisher t-shirt and having him run around Hell's Kitchen while slowly losing his mind over accidentally killing someone. And it's not just silly, what happens feels grounded and pretty deep. Zdarsky makes this feel like it could instantly be translated into a season of the Netflix show, and considering how much I love the Netflix show, that's a good thing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell Kukulka

    “I’m a good enough catholic to always repent... but a good enough raised catholic to feel like it’ll never apply to me.” A sharp but welcome turn in the arc of both Daredevil as a character and Chip Zdarsky as a writer that could very well be setting up one of the best runs ever for a title that has already hosted some of the best runs ever.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eli Seibert

    If Netflix hadn't cancelled the show, I like to think season 4 would've been something like this.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Oli Kidsley

    Takes a really interesting look at Matt Murdock and his obsession to be Daredevil. This book puts him an interesting and tight spot which means the book ends in an unknown direction for the sequel. Zdarsky really pulls out the gripping dialogue here and done of the panels from Checchetto are iconic.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I'm not a fan of Daredevil. I've seen the Netflix show and enjoyed it. I saw the Ben Affleck movie and didn't think it was as terrible as people made it out to be. I am, however, a Chip Zdarsky fan. His zany run on Howard the Duck, his heartfelt but funny Starlord miniseries and his run on what I think will become a seminal Spider-man arc are all fantastic and I will try anything he writes. I've read the first six issues and wow. Daredevil is Catholic and refuses to kill on I'm not a fan of Daredevil. I've seen the Netflix show and enjoyed it. I saw the Ben Affleck movie and didn't think it was as terrible as people made it out to be. I am, however, a Chip Zdarsky fan. His zany run on Howard the Duck, his heartfelt but funny Starlord miniseries and his run on what I think will become a seminal Spider-man arc are all fantastic and I will try anything he writes. I've read the first six issues and wow. Daredevil is Catholic and refuses to kill only to fight crime. And here he finds himself on the run after a man he had an altercation with ends up dead. The cops, under Mayor Fisk, are ordered to arrest him. He runs into the Punisher who mistakenly thinks DD has finally come to his senses. Great plotting and I can't wait to see where this goes next.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gray

    A favourite character of mine from the days of Ann Nocenti, seeing Chip Zdarsky's name attached to this relaunch pulled me back in. Zdarsky nails Matt's narration and writes the other characters brilliantly. He also touches on Matt's religion and its importance to him as one of his defining character traits. There's a great addition in new character Detective Cole North who is determined to arrest any and all of the masked vigilantes out and about on the streets of New York. Marco Checchetto's a A favourite character of mine from the days of Ann Nocenti, seeing Chip Zdarsky's name attached to this relaunch pulled me back in. Zdarsky nails Matt's narration and writes the other characters brilliantly. He also touches on Matt's religion and its importance to him as one of his defining character traits. There's a great addition in new character Detective Cole North who is determined to arrest any and all of the masked vigilantes out and about on the streets of New York. Marco Checchetto's art is excellent, too. The action scenes are visceral and exciting, and New York looks stunningly stylish. I'm sold on this series! Recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Turko

    more of a 3.5 than a 4, but this is still a good book. After the disaster of Charles Soule run I pretty much gave up on Daredevil until I noticed that Zdarsky was writing this. It may not be as cheerful as Waid's run or as epic as Bendis's. But it's a step in the right direction. Chip knows how to write Matt Murdock, making him the sad sack of catholic guilt that he is. Though Chip may have some hiccups through the progression of the story and some of the side character's seem a bit off. its sti more of a 3.5 than a 4, but this is still a good book. After the disaster of Charles Soule run I pretty much gave up on Daredevil until I noticed that Zdarsky was writing this. It may not be as cheerful as Waid's run or as epic as Bendis's. But it's a step in the right direction. Chip knows how to write Matt Murdock, making him the sad sack of catholic guilt that he is. Though Chip may have some hiccups through the progression of the story and some of the side character's seem a bit off. its still a decent story. Also its great to see Marco Checchetoo artwork again. His art in Rucka's Punisher run was one of my favorites and to see his draw Daredevil and his little world is just as amazing. Overall, its pretty solid, there are some flaws but its good to see a decent daredevil comic again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jesús

    This first story arc in Zdarsky’s run is filled with a lot of familiar superhero-having-an-existential-crisis stuff. Has Murdoch gone too far? Will his personal demons be too much to bear? Will he give up the mask for good? Sure, it’s all been done plenty before, but what hasn’t? The art borrows some good Expressionist/noir lighting effects, and Zdarsky has a good ear for dialogue and voiceover. A fun, if ultimately too familiar and forgettable, read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    I wouldn't be terribly surprised to come back to this later and change this to a five star review. I'm a very particular Daredevil fan. I was not reading comics during the Miller era, and my only real exposure to the character was that he sensed danger at the beginning of The Infinity War. Otherwise, he was a guy in a red suit who had a book I didn't read. It wasn't until I started working in comics that I read the brief Kevin Smith run, and then what was, at the time, the I wouldn't be terribly surprised to come back to this later and change this to a five star review. I'm a very particular Daredevil fan. I was not reading comics during the Miller era, and my only real exposure to the character was that he sensed danger at the beginning of The Infinity War. Otherwise, he was a guy in a red suit who had a book I didn't read. It wasn't until I started working in comics that I read the brief Kevin Smith run, and then what was, at the time, the current run by Bendis, which I devoured, going on to devour Brubaker's run, and then get a mild distaste from the Shadowland era by Andy Diggle and Antony Johnston. I went back and read the Miller stuff, as well as a good chunk of Ann Nocenti's run. I was hooked. Apart from Shadowland. I enjoyed Diggle's Reborn series, and was completely delighted by Mark Waid's reimagining. I wasn't just buying the trades, but actually reading every issue as it came out. And then Charles Soule took over and I lost all interest. The book was neither fun, nor interesting. Soule added a new character but seemed to be just retreading Daredevil plots (retreading more popular stories seemed to be a Marvel editorial mandate during his era). The title fell so far off my radar that I didn't even hear that Zdarsky was taking over for him. Zdarsky is also treading somewhat famliar ground (there have been sixty years of Daredevil stories, I guess you'd have to, to some extent), and has also added a new character. BUT he seems to understand what makes the book tick. Sure, it's great when there's inventive panel layouts, or unusual coloring in the book about a blind lawyer who puts on a horned cown and fights crime. But the book shines when Murdock is doing mental gymnastics to avoid depression, and realizing that his morals aren't always in line with his supehero peers. There are a ton of appearance by other heroes and anti-heroes in this book, but at no point do they detract from this being a Daredevil book. Instead, they add interesting shades to the already complex palette that is Daredevil's relationships to Spider-Man and The Punisher (and others). If the story continues along this track, as well as allowing us to view Daredevil through the newly introduced character, the long time NYC police officers, and the surprisingly subtle use of Mayor Kingpin, this could end up being one of the premiere runs of a character who has some of the best comic runs in all of Marvel.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    Chip Zdarsky offers a dark take on Daredevil and I'm unexpectedly here for it. I mean, I know Zdarsky best as the artist on the hilarious and weird Sex Criminals series, so I think i was expecting a Daredevil with a bit more levity. Not the case! Daredevil recently had a brush with death, is feeling vulnerable, and accidentally kills a criminal at just the worst time. Cue the shame spiral! Zdarsky explores Daredevil's feelings and actions extremely well, really digging into what makes the guy Chip Zdarsky offers a dark take on Daredevil and I'm unexpectedly here for it. I mean, I know Zdarsky best as the artist on the hilarious and weird Sex Criminals series, so I think i was expecting a Daredevil with a bit more levity. Not the case! Daredevil recently had a brush with death, is feeling vulnerable, and accidentally kills a criminal at just the worst time. Cue the shame spiral! Zdarsky explores Daredevil's feelings and actions extremely well, really digging into what makes the guy tick. Fortunately, for those of us who expected a comic book, Zdarsky includes some great action set-pieces that show off Daredevil at his best and worst. And the Punisher shows up to lay some icing on this cake! Know Fear is an exceptionally well told superhero story, much less a great Daredevil story, and it sets up Zdarsky's run on this series superbly.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Peter Zackowski

    I enjoy what Zdarsky and the team are doing in this volume. They illicit some cool visuals, hold up other characters as a mirror for Matt to evaluate himself against in this trying time. I will always read Daredevil, its my favorite comic, so it is nice to see it going in this direction which is new to me. One could argue it a but frank miller-ish, I'd say that is Daredevil. If your a Daredevil fan this will certainly be a good read. I'm looking forward to picking up volume two when it is I enjoy what Zdarsky and the team are doing in this volume. They illicit some cool visuals, hold up other characters as a mirror for Matt to evaluate himself against in this trying time. I will always read Daredevil, its my favorite comic, so it is nice to see it going in this direction which is new to me. One could argue it a but frank miller-ish, I'd say that is Daredevil. If your a Daredevil fan this will certainly be a good read. I'm looking forward to picking up volume two when it is realeased.

  19. 5 out of 5

    James Moran

    Ooh boy, did Chip Zdarsky, our accomplished Toronto comic-book artist/writer deliver. Daredevil Vol. One: Know Fear hits all the fan buttons, D.D. eras, and tributes John Romita Jr. and Frank Miller throughout. Accompanied by the often gritty pencils of Marco Checchetto, the book has a comic-book noir look, from New York architectural detail to exquisitely rendered facial expressions to bloodied square jaws. See the full analysis of Daredevil Vol. One: Know Fear on my blog, (Re)Viewed, at https://jameskmoran.blogspot.com/2019...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

    My daughter and I really loved Mark Waid's run on this series, but other runs afterwards never clicked with us. This is the first time since Waid's run ended that DD has become a must-read for both of us. One of my all-time favorite characters, and this series feels spot-on. Waid gave us a different tone than we get here, which is more Miller/Bendis, but what is old is new again. I'm hooked and really enjoying it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    Zdarsky, tired of spinning some stories for Spidey, comes over to the Devil of Hell's Kitchen for one of the more refreshing Daredevil comics I have read in a while. As always, Murdock is dealing with the fallout from his latest identity reveal/disbarment/life-threatening injury (the third one this time!) just in time for some fresh new hell. Punisher. Defenders. Accused of Murder. Loss of self. Also, Spider-man lays down the law.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anıl Serif

    But I'm The Devil Since Bendis's and Ed's Daredevil, I had never read a quality Daredevil story until Chip's Daredevil, Matt's characterization and Hell's Kitchen atmosphere are very good written and drawn in this arc I overall liked that arc but most liked for in this arc Punisher and Spider-Man parts

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Well, this is certainly much more promising than anything from the previous run, even if there is still a bit of zaniness where Punisher is concerned. Zdarsky is taking Matt and Daredevil to some interesting places, and it will be interesting to see how the ramifications from this volume play out.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bill Williams

    Daredevil's life time of beatings have caught up to him in this trade paperback. What used to be easy, now leads to excruciating pain as he continues his war on crime. This time it's a losing fight. Recommended.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This read like classic Daredevil in all the best ways. I'm looking forward to seeing more cameos from other heroes (like the one at the end), and if the story ends up pursuing Matt's "never kill" morality dilemma. This is also super Catholic, which makes it all the more fun to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mr Osowski

    Love Daredevil + Love Zdarsky = Love this Volume. Great start to the new run. Maybe a little frantic in the last issue, but still a great "new" start to the character. Good exploration of new avenues.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Zdarsky is a pretty good writer, but this story basically hits the same beats, over and over. Art was pretty good throughout.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    Not a bad start to the new run, but I still prefer Soulle's run on the man without fear.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    Now THIS is a great Daredevil story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    AJ Kallas

    One of the best books Marvel is currently putting out. This creative team is amazing every single issue.

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