Daredevil is only a couple days away and I know all of us are pumped up. If you're like me you can't wait until April 10, to see Daredevil on screen. So to keep you guys occupied, here is a reading list to prepare you for Marvel's/Netflix Daredevil.
'Daredevil' (#158-191 & #219, 226-233), Written and Illustrated by Frank Miller
If you know Daredevil, than you know that Frank Miller's run on [Daredevil](movie:47230) is probably the most quintessential for any DD fan. Before Frank Miller, Daredevil was a well known hero, but his popularity wasn't very high. When Miller came into the picture his popularity rivaled Spider-Man's, who at the time was Marvel's best published superhero.
The series will most likely be heavily influenced by Frank Miller's work, so it only makes sense to read it
Several issues contain story arcs and I'll be highlighting the main ones. Let's start with his writing debut in issue 166-181, known as the Electra Saga. This is a story that focuses on Daredevil and his relationship with Electra, a ninja who is part of a dark organization known as The Hand. It is a great story and the final issue (as seen above) shows an epic battle between Daredevil's arch enemy Bullseye and his love interest Electra. One Wins. One Dies.
'Born Again' (#227 - #233) Written by Frank Miller and Illustrated by Mazzucchelli
The next story arc you have to read is Born Again; issues 227-233. This is a story that follows Daredevil at his lowest point. His girlfriend Karen Page becomes a drug addicted, porn star. Kingpin finds out his identity and literally destroys his life. I won't go too much into detail but Kingpin brutally beats him and has another person take Daredevil's costume and wreak havoc to kill his reputation. It's a story about getting knocked down and finding a way to get back up.
This is simply a Must Read! If you're anything like me, you want to collect every single issue of Miller's run, which will take a while. Now if your a normal person you'd probably just read the trade paperbacks. The 'Born Again' story cost around $20, but online you can find it cheaper. The same can be said for the Electra Saga.
'Daredevil: The Man Without Fear' (#1-5) Written by Frank Miller and Illustrated by John Romita Jr.
This is another must read for any Daredevil fan. It's also an origin story and, based on the trailers, it seems to be following this comic quite heavily. Everything, from his training, to his costume is all jam packed in this awesome mini-series.
Online and at stores you can find this book go for about $20-$25. It's fairly priced and greatly written. Now if you want to get all 5 separate issues, you can find them on eBay or at your local comic book shop for around $30-$40. With the show coming out soon, it might be worth more now, who knows.
You know, there are so many other great Daredevil stories, and it would take me a long time to name them all, but here are just a few honorable mentions.
'Daredevil: Guardians Devil' by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada
'Daredevil: The Devil Inside and Out' by Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark
Mark Waid's run on Daredevil (2011-2014)
That ought to keep you guys busy for the next couple of days. Hope this helps.
Daredevil comes out April 10 on Netflix.