Welcome back to Comics Misremembered. This week we are going to talk about a story that people will argue that is Marvel’s greatest story ever. There are others that hold this story in reverence. We may make these people angry with our podcast.
Tonight, we are talking about Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s seminal Daredevil story – Born Again. Originally published as Daredevil #227 – 231 in 1986 by Marvel.
I explain in the podcast how I came to buy the trade paper back for Born Again and why we are recording a podcast for it now. In reflection, it seems the perfect time to do a story review for this book.
For those that have never read or even heard of this story, let me give you some of the history. Frank Miller wrote and drew some of the defining moments of Daredevil in the 70s and 80s. He would leave Marvel and work on several Batman stories over at DC.
In 1986, Frank was invited back to write a new storyline for Daredevil to help boost it’s sales. Jim Shooter, editor-in-chief at the time, asked Frank if he would like to take a crack at the Scarlett Swashbuckler again. Frank said he would and so history is made.
Jon and I have never read this story until today. We both are not big Daredevil fans but we are familiar with the character of Matt Murdock and his family of characters. This story is wildly hyped, but does it live up to it? We tell you in the podcast. We also cover the religious symbolism that Miller and Mazzucchelli put into the story.
It’s a great story but one of the greatest? You be the judge. Oh, by the way – SPOILERS WILL BE IN THE PODCAST.
You have probably already seen the promo pictures at Marvel.com or over a dozen web and social sites. It’s the All-New, All-Different Marvel! Why when I look at these pictures I am getting a sinking feeling that most of these changes will not be for the better. Here is the gut feeling that I get when I look at these photos:
The are bringing back Wolverine, Hyperion and Spectrum – supposedly, these 3 characters were dead but now they are all alive with the reset of the new marvel universe.
More diversity – X23 is now the new Wolverine, the new Ms. Marvel will be part of the new-after-Secret Wars-Avengers and they are introducing a native american hero. Add these new heroes to the recent Thor, Spider-Man and Captain American changes and you can see that Marvel is really committed to having a universe that better reflective of the real universe.
The Thing will now be a Guardian! This seems like a logical choice – The Guardians of the Galaxy are a bunch of misfits that all have good hearts and like to save… the galaxy. Blue Eyed Ben Grimm is a good fit on that team!!
I like that they are bring back Citizen V. Does that me the Thunderbolts are coming back?
Agent Coulson – Is it me or does anyone else have a problem with Marvel hammering the Cinematic and Television Universes into the Comic Universe? Come on, Marvel – Let’s keep the moving media and the static media separate. No need to put these characters into the comics.
Getting rid of the mutants and the Fantastic Four – Where are the other members of the X-men and the Fantastic Four? I know that Marvel had made some bad movie deals with Fox and Sony so now they are marginalizing the presence of X-men and Fantastic Four (and Peter Parker too) but some of us fans still love these characters. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater, Disney/Marvel.
Stephen Strange… with a battle axe?! Why would the Master of the Mystic Arts need a physical weapon? I am not too sure I like this.
Teenage-Angst Karnak – I have been told that the person in the hoodie and jeans is Karnak – one of the inhumans. Why does he look so moody? Karnak is a martial arts master, not a teenage mutant ninja turtle!
I don’t know if I want to read a Vision comic. I like Vision in an ensemble book. I don’t know how I will like him in a solo book.
Why is Iron Man in both pics? Are there 2 Iron mans… er, men?
Why are you changing Daredevil’s costume? Is it because the show because the show is closer to the all red costume.
Well, that’s all I have for now. How are you all feeling about these changes?
This week Jim and Jon focus on the writer/artist Frank Miller. Frank Miller is responsible for creating some of the greatest story lines for characters like Daredevil and Batman. He also has created his own creator owned property such as Give Me Liberty and Sin City. We analyze his stories through the cultural and political landscape of the 80’s and 90’s and how Miller wrote his own fantasies and fears into his protagonists. So come with us for the Rise and Fall of Frank Miller.