New Superversive SF Post: “Retro Review: Daredevil: Born Again”

At last, I return! Here I review Miller’s masterpiece, “Daredevil: Born Again”. The opening was originally much longer and delved into more detail on Miller’s history and the influence of his run on “Daredevil”, but I ended up cutting it to focus on the actual review. Here is an excerpt:

Before Daredevil became a Catholic the writers seriously struggled coming up with ways to reconcile Matt’s work as a lawyer with his vigilante work as Daredevil, eventually going so far as to give Matt a split personality (I get that Daredevil-as-Scarlet-Swashbuckler had fans but you will never, ever be able to convince me that that’s good writing). Miller saw Daredevil’s Catholicism as the solution – as the quote supposedly goes, only a Catholic can be a lawyer and a vigilante – and maybe so.

Catholicism is at the heart of “Born Again”. “Born Again” is an interesting comic. According to TV tropes, which has a few interesting details, “Born Again” is considered one of the big three “superhero deconstruction” comics, along with “Watchmen” and “The Dark Knight Returns”. Of the three, “Born Again” is easily the most uplifting, since the fundamental story isn’t really one of deconstruction, but reconstruction: It is not just Daredevil being stripped to the bone, but Daredevil being Born Again. Hey, just like the title!

Read the rest at the link! Comment here, there, or both, I don’t care.

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4 Responses to New Superversive SF Post: “Retro Review: Daredevil: Born Again”

  1. Randy P. says:

    That final page is actually how I expect the series to end.

    Great job!

  2. Craig N. says:

    Huh, I’d noticed the Catholic imagery (it’s not exactly subtle) but never assembled it into the Stations of the Cross: I’ll have to go back and look at it again.

    • Note that Daredevil stumbles three times before Sister Maggie finds him in the gym; she cradles him in a wonderful version of the Pieta. In the next comic we see an image of Daredevil lying down, legs straight out, arms slightly outstretched and unconscious in an obvious recreation of the Crucifixion pose. In the comic after that Daredevil is up again and active in the splash panel, a reference to the Resurrection.

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