Today is a highly anticipated date for superhero geeks as Daredevil returns for season 2 on Netflix. As our review shapes up, we know that many of you are going to spend the entire weekend binge watching the series.
As some of you come up for air, many of you will ask this again.
And as stated many times before, go grab a Daredevil comic. Better yet if you want a full fix, get yourself a meaty graphic novel and try to enjoy while waiting for season 3. The question is, what are some good stories to read?
Well, we are glad that you asked. Here are at least 3 good books to get you on your way.
If you want something close to the series, there is no better place to start than with Frank Miller’s work on Daredevil. Drawn by John Romita Jr., this looks at Matt Murdoch’s early days as Daredevil and the budding romance he had with Elecktra. What’s most similar about this book with the series is here you can see how this book influenced the series with his early costume choice and how his plans to take down organized crime sometimes didn’t work out.
From the team that brought you Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale take a look at the early days when Matt wore the yellow suit (you didn’t know he wore different colors before the red huh?). In this book we have the rom-com between Matt Murdoch and Karen Page which ended in heartbreak. This was also in a sense yet another origin story which also sees Matt contemplating revenge and the choosing of his name. If you haven’t figured it out yet, Matt Murdoch has a really difficult time learning to balance his career with crime fighting and romance. While this book is more light hearted than The Man without Fear, you can always sense that “something is coming” that will push Matt over the edge especially when he finds the person who ordered the hit on his father.
Oh…wait, the Punisher has come to the series and you want to read more about Frank Castle?
This book has laid some of the groundwork for this season’s series. David Lapham gives us a gritty look at what happens when Hell’s Kitchen erupts into chaos. With the Kingpin out of the way, for now at least, the East Coast’s underworld all vie to take control. Enter Frank Castle, aka the Punisher who will use any method necessary to stop that from happening. While the Daredevil is content in letting the justice prevail, Caslte would rather leave a bloody trail than wait for justice. Of course, Daredevil and the Punisher don’t see eye to eye on their methods to solving Hell’s Kitchen’s problems. Who will come out on top? Read and find out.
Speaking of the Punisher…
Before we wrap this up, if some of you are being exposed to Frank Castle for the first time and want more stories about him as well as wanting something close to the TV series, I will recommend that you give the Punisher Max series a try. Just note that this series is definitely not for kids at all. It is however a very grounded, gritty and violent look at the Punisher. This series by Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson is probably the best work on the Punisher in years.