One of the most well respected artists working in sequential art forum on one of the most beloved comic book character story arcs to ever see print.
If there was only one reason to run to your local comic book shop today, this is it: David Mazzucchelli and Daredevil: Born Again Artist’s Edition.
Please, allow me to gush throughout my explanation.
I can still remember the summer of my thirteenth year. I was part of a group of close friends that bought and read comic books. We weren’t collectors, necessarily. Well, maybe some of us were. What we did do, as I’m sure many kids did, was trade comics with each other. We’d trade ones that we had already flipped through for ones that we really wanted to read. We’d sit on our porches, huddled over our piles of monthly periodicals: Fantastic Four, Batman, Team America, Scalphunter, talk about movies hockey players and offer a random comic book issue for another that enticed.
I remember spotting the covers of Daredevil #232 and #233 in a friend’s stack: exciting, bold images of the red-costumed hero enveloped in explosion and fire, the flag of the United States of America prominent either in the background of that first issue or in Captain America’s garb in the latter. I leafed through the books, not reading the word balloons but instead reading the art. It was realistic, the artist’s depictions of figures and buildings and cars, but there was an impressionistic flair too. The line work was smooth and beautiful and striking. Shadows lent a mysterious air to the panel and page. It was gritty. Daredevil, here, was so many things and my mind was made up. I needed those issues.
The “Born Again” story arc, written by Frank Miller and illustrated by the incomparable David Mazzucchelli lasted seven issues. It detailed the fall of Matt Murdoch at the hands of his archenemy, Kingpin, and, of course, his rise. It’s regarded as one of the greatest Daredevil stories to be published and is a work of fiction to be held high alongside some of the other lauded comics and graphic novels published at that time, including Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen.
The Daredevil: Born Again Artist’s Edition makes that series even more special.
The Artist Edition hardcover book measures 12 x 17 inches and runs 200 pages! Each black and white page has been colour scanned from Mazzucchelli’s original-sized work, the same size as his drawings – mimicking, as close as possible, the experience of actually looking at those works of art! You’ll see his corrections, blue pencils, white outs and other nuances that you would never see in the actual published comic. It’s an amazing experience into the process of the artist and the process of making a comic book.
Any lover of art, let alone Mazzucchelli’s art, should have this book in their collection. Make the run today and pick it up.
I don’t remember what comic books I traded for Daredevil #232 and #233. I do remember that the original owner eventually wanted to trade back for them. Those issues made me a fan of Mazzucchelli and I’ve followed him through to his amazing Asterios Polyp graphic novel from a year ago. I’ll always be an admirer.
And Daredevil #232 and #233 will always stay in my collection.
Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!