Warning: The following article contains spoilers from Jeph Loeb's Daredevil: Yellow! Do not read unless you've read this masterpiece or unless you're a fan of Daredevil and are bored!!!
"The measure of a man is not in how he gets knocked to the mat, it is in how he gets up."
These are the words from the father of Matt Murdock. He never got to see how this monumental moral would affect his son's extraordinary existence. In Daredevil: Yellow by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, we see the origin of the renowned "Devil of Hell's Kitchen." And it's one of the inspirations for Netflix's Daredevil. Let's talk about it!
Basically, Daredevil: Yellow is the origin of Daredevil. (However when the story starts, Matt is already blind with heightened senses.) The story takes place in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. (If you've ever watched Daredevil on Netflix, this story would be old news to you.) Best friends Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson attend Matt's father's boxing match. He is known as "Kid Murdock" for being a southpaw in the ring. The term southpaw describes a stance where a boxer is left-handed and jabs with his right hand. Jack (Matt's father) was paid before hand to take a dive in the ring, but he refuses in order to make Matt proud. He knocks out his opponent and is dubbed, "Battlin Jack Murdock." However the victory is short-lived. The instigators of Jack's boxing match turn out to be mobsters, and they shoot Jack to death on the street. Matt, having heightened hearing, hears all of the commotion. He arrives too late, and finds the crime scene containing his father's corpse. Wanting revenge, he returns to his father's apartment. Matt modifies Jack's wrestling uniform to make Daredevil's iconic yellow costume. (Daredevil actually started out as yellow when he started crime fighting then became red.)
Matt and Foggy graduate from law school then start their law firm: Nelson and Murdock. And the rest of the graphic novel tells the early adventures of Daredevil. The Devil of Hell's kitchen goes toe-to-toe with Electro. He captures Jack Murdock's killer. Matt has a bittersweet experience watching him die on death row.
Matt and Foggy actually internally compete for Karen Page's affections. Karen is captured by both Owl-Man, and Kilgrave (The Purple Man from Jessica Jones.) Daredevil rescues her twice. Foggy and Matt decide not to pursue Karen for the sake of their business and friendship. And the story ends with Daredevil now in his more iconic red costume.
The story of Daredevil: Yellow is told from the perspective of Matt. Internally, he is writing a letter to Karen. He's apparently grieving. This is because Karen Page was killed in another issue. It's very interesting to me because I wasn't aware that Karen was dead.
This graphic novel inspires the depiction of Matt Murdock's origin in Netflix's Daredevil. In fact, this was one of the comics Charlie Cox read to get into character. (The whole time I read Daredevil: Yellow, I had his voice inside my head while listening to the soundtrack of season one. IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!!)
I highly recommend Daredevil: Yellow to anyone who loves the character, Marvel, or comic books in general. A +
Daredevil is currently streaming on Netflix! Check it out!! :D