I'll get to the final two seasons of Batman before the end of time (I wrote a Season Eight note that was eaten by Facebook a couple of months ago, and just looking at that pile of books again makes me weep), but in the blindwhile:
With no computer last week, I was able to set aside time for some serious graphic novel reading. I read nearly all of the Daredevil that's been collected in trade format, and decided to make a continuity of my favorite titles for you to enjoy.
Much like the first season of the Batman continuity, a lot of the first season of Daredevil is written by Frank Miller and the team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. Neither Miller nor Loeb are currently my favorite writers (The Frank Miller of the twenty-first century is misogynist, racist, zealot whose work shouldn't even be picked up with borrowed tongs. Seriously, if you pick up a book by Frank Miller with a copyright date that begins with "2", put it down, find an adult, and put a pot on the stove so you can boil your eyes pure again. Post 2007, Jeph Loeb's writing became erratic when his teenage son died, which is much more human and much less problematic than Miller's downfall but still pretty disappointing.) but their early work on two of my favorite comic book characters can't be ignored.
There's a variety of entry points to the Daredevil (hereafter referred to as DD) continuity, including Miller's own origin series "The Man Without Fear" (art by John Romita Jr., another promising talent who has been largely disappointing in the last decade). While Miller's 1980s work on DD is filled with three dimensional characters and interesting plotting, "The Man Without Fear" was written in the mid-nineties and, while not as misogynistic and filled with zealotry as his twenty-first century work, it's still problematic. The man created Elektra Natchios and gave her a cool origin story in his 80s DD run, but in this version of her origin, she's a groin-kicking, oversexed "bad-ass" much like every woman in Sin City. So skip the book entirely and start season one on a happy note.
Daredevil Season One: