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The Best Daredevil Stories (and Where to Find Them)

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With his neo-noir sensibilities and top creative talent behind the book, Daredevil stars in some of the most universally acclaimed comic book stories in Marvel Comics' extensive library. While the superhero's Netflix original series may have come to an end, Matt Murdock and company continue to thrive in the Marvel Universe.

Now, CBR is taking a look at some of the best Daredevil comic book stories.

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Daredevil: Born Again

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After transforming Daredevil from a lighter superhero to the gritty, street-level character that Marvel fans know and love, Frank Miller returned for another short run on the ongoing series with artist David Mazzucchelli in a story titled Born Again. The universally acclaimed story saw Kingpin learn Daredevil's true identity, Matt Murdock, from a drug-addicted Karen Page and launch a coordinated effort to systemically dismantle every aspect of Murdock's life before destroying him.

Daredevil: Born Again collects the entire story, including the one issue prologue featuring a fight with Gladiator and its two-issue resolution. A tale bringing Matt Murdock to his absolute lowest point, the story would serve as a major inspiration for the final season of the Netflix series.

Daredevil: The Man Without Fear

Daredevil The Man Without Fear

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Just as Miller had updated Batman's origins with Mazzucchelli for DC Comics in Batman: Year One, he updated the origins of Daredevil with John Romita, Jr. in Daredevil: The Man Without Fear. The five-issue miniseries retold the story of how Matt Murdock went blind and subsequently gained superpowers, reflecting the darker, grittier shift in the character since his first creation in 1964 by Stan Lee and Lee Everett.

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An instant classic, the miniseries shows Murdock's upbringing and training under Stick, his first meeting with Foggy and Elektra, and his earliest crime-fighting days that put him on a direct collision course with Kingpin. The miniseries would serve as an influence on the 2003 film and Netflix series, particularly the television series' use of the amateur black costume.

Daredevil: Guardian Devil

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In 1998, Marvel launched its Marvel Knights line focusing on superhero stories with a slightly harder edge than its main line, and Daredevil was one of the main titles leading the new publishing initiative. Relaunching the property was fan-favorite filmmaker Kevin Smith and the imprint's editor Joe Quesada in an eight-part story arc called Daredevil: Guardian Devil.

The story saw Karen Page break up with Matt Murdock, leading him to turn increasingly towards his Catholic faith as a baby rumored to be the Antichrist is left in Daredevil's care. As the superhero questions his faith and relationship with Karen, several major villains resurfaced to test Matt's fragile state. The resulting story would impact Matt's psyche for years to come and inspire both the 2003 film and be directly homaged in the final season of the Netflix series.

Daredevil: Underboss

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One of the longest-running and universally acclaimed creative teams on Daredevil was Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. Starting together on the Marvel Knights title in 2001, the team would work together, with occasional guest artists, until 2006. The creative team's first Daredevil story together would be Daredevil: Underboss.

Bendis and Maleev started their run with someone gunning to take out Wilson Fisk and urging Fisk's lieutenants to take down the Kingpin of crime. Meanwhile, those same forces have put a contract on Daredevil's life.

Daredevil: The Devil, Inside and Out

Daredevil The Devil Inside and Out

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The incoming creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark had began their run on Daredevil with Matt Murdock in a particularly precarious position with the longtime legal counsel behind bars after his vigilante career had gone public. Isolated, incarcerated, and surrounded by his enemies, Murdock found himself in between a rock and a hard place at the start of the run.

Daredevil: The Devil, Inside and Out collects Brubaker and Lark's first story arc, with Murdock pushed beyond his limits as he reaches a new personal low. With his enemies still holding a grudge and eager to finally gain their revenge, they quickly discover Matt may be more dangerous locked in with them with nothing to less than he was while running around Hell's Kitchen as Daredevil.

Daredevil by Mark Waid, Vol. 1

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After years of creative teams finding new ways to make Matt Murdock's an existential hell with progressively more grueling stories, Mark Waid, Marcos Martin, and Paolo Rivera took a completely different approach with their award-winning run, bringing the superhero back to his scarlet swashbuckling roots.

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Daredevil by Mark Waid, Vol. 1 collects the team's first story arc with Matt returning to New York City after seemingly conquering his personal demons to restart his law practice with Foggy while protecting a client in the most freewheeling, fun take on the character in decades.

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